June Trial Date in Diuretic Case
A federal judge set a June 15 trial date in the case involving five NFL players whose suspensions for using a banned diuretic are at issue.
U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson is to hear the case after previously putting the four-game suspensions on hold by issuing an injunction.
The players--defensive tackles Pat Williams and Kevin Williams of the Minnesota Vikings and three current or former members of the New Orleans Saints, tailback Deuce McAllister and defensive ends Charles Grant and Will Smith--tested positive for a diuretic that's on the NFL's list of banned substances as a possible masking agent for steroids.
The players have contended they used a product, StarCaps, for weight-loss purposes not knowing it contained a banned substance, bumetanide, and the NFL improperly failed to notify them of its prior knowledge that the weight-loss product contained the banned substance. The NFL has maintained that it did put the product maker on its list of banned supplement producers, and no specific notifications are required under the league's steroid policy.
McAllister was released by the Saints this offseason.
The NFL has indicated that it intends to enforce the four-game suspensions next season if it prevails in court.
The NFL Players Association challenged the suspensions in court on the players' behalf.
February 25, 2009; 11:07 AM ET
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