facebook
twitter
search
search

Judge delays Vikings' suspensions

May 21, 2010 at 2:41 PM
| License Photo

MINNEAPOLIS, May 21 (UPI) -- Kevin and Pat Williams, the "Williams Wall" of the Minnesota Vikings, will not have to serve suspensions until their appeals are done, a judge ruled Friday.

The players, who are not related, must file a appeals for Hennepin County Judge Gary Larson's stay to kick in, the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune reported. They face four-game suspensions for taking banned substances.

Larson ruled earlier this month that the NFL violated Minnesota labor laws when the Williamses were tested. But he found the violation did not harm them and said the suspensions could be imposed.

The judge said Friday he believes the players will win their appeals.

"We're confident ultimately the courts will determine when an entity like the NFL violates a public policy statute, it can't proceed unrestricted," said Peter Ginsberg, the lawyer representing the players. "Until the NFL conforms its procedures to state law, it will no longer be able to act unilaterally and, we think, irresponsibly."

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
SB50: Denver Broncos face tough call at QB in 2016
Johnny Manziel's ex-girlfriend claims he hit her
NFLPA hopes to have independent arbitration for player discipline next season
Watch every star-studded Super Bowl commercial of 2016
Group recreates 'Mario Kart' video game at UK mall