The saga of the Vikings’ “Williams Wall” and their delayed suspensions (due to a positive drug test for bumetanide) has been ongoing for more than 18 months now.
As of now, the situation is status quo thanks to the ruling of a Minnesota judge.
On Thursday, Hennepin County Judge Gary Larson ruled both for and against Kevin and Pat Williams. On one hand, he said that the NFL did violate Minnesota’s Drug and Alcohol Testing in the Workplace Act because it didn’t inform the Williamses of the failure within the required three-day span.
However, because the league’s actions (i.e., the failure to inform the Williamses) didn’t harm the players—ostensibly because their suspensions are “still pending”—Pat and Kevin were denied any damages or continued protection from league discipline.
In the end, the split-decision meant that the NFL could still step in and discipline the players, as it did with New Orleans’ Will Allen and former Saint Charles Grant—two other players who tested positive for the drug, which is alleged to be a masking agent for steroid use.
So, the Williamses’ attorney petitioned the judge for a further injunction preventing NFL discipline, and Larson will decide on that in the next few weeks.
Great...so we’re back at square one, right?
Not so fast, because if you believe in conspiracy theories, the Williamses’ case may have been a crack in an “underhanded” plan by the NFL to enforce its own policies more effectively.