Kevin and Pat Williams Case: New Evidence?

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IMay 14, 2009

DETROIT - DECEMBER 07:  (L-R) Pat Williams #94 and Kevin Williams #93 of the Minnesota Vikings warm up before the NFL game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on December 7, 2008 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Vikings defensive tackles Pat and Kevin Williams were in court today in St. Paul, Minn. against the NFL, which is claiming the Pro Bowl players took a banned diuretic called bumetanide in 2006.

The league handed down a four game suspension to each player last season but they were able to finish the season after receiving a temporary restraining order against the NFL.

Bumetanide is a diuretic that helps with weight loss, but can also be a masking agent for steroids. The Williams' took a product known as StarCaps, which contained bumetanide but was not labled.

Per the NFL's attorneys, the players should have known not to take any product where they might not know what it contains.

"There is no question here, they were warned," said NFL attorney Daniel Nash.

New evidence has come out according to Williams' attorneys, stating the the league's hot line gave out false information about StarCaps to players who were seeking information on the product.

Along with that, evidence showed the eight players in the NFL test positive for bumetanide from 2005-2007 and none of them were suspended by the league.

The league also knew that a banned diuretic was in the product, but did not notifiy the players or government. They say that the league had responsibility to tell players about the substance and that their safety was at risk.

In response, the league's attorneys have stated that it is not the the league's responsibility to list every banned substance individually under the collective bargaining agreement.

Along with fighting the four-game suspensions which is being argued by the NFL Player's Association attorneys, the Williams are suing for monetary damages.

Three New Orleans Saints players, Charles Grant, Deuce McAllister, and Will Smith are also fighting suspensions from the league for the use of the same drug. 

It is now up to U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson to determine if the five players' cases will move forward.