It’s not the greatest news for the New Orleans Saints but it appears that finally the StarCaps case involving several former players and current starting defensive end Will Smith is coming to an end.
Smith, along with former teammates Charles Grant, Deuce McAllister and Jamar Nesbit, all tested positive for the banned diuretic Bumetanide after ingesting a weight loss supplement called StarCaps.
The issue all along is the players involved claimed the NFL cleared the supplement to take knowing it contained a banned ingredient, but the NFL says it doesn’t matter as players are responsible for what they put into their bodies, there is no gray area when it comes to the substance abuse policy.
Countless appeals later Smith’s fate is, and always has been, tied to Kevin and Pat Williams of the Minnesota Vikings.
Both players also tested positive for the banned substance around the same time as the Saints players but unlike Smith were able to circumvent the NFL’s ruling by filing an appeal in a Minnesota state court effectively blocking the four game suspensions at the start of last season.
In fairness the NFL thought it un-wise to punish just Smith and not the Williams’ and decided not to suspend anyone until a ruling was made in the Minnesota court.
That ruling came yesterday and the Court decided it cannot and will not block the NFL’s suspension of Pat and Kevin Williams thus clearing the way for Commissioner Roger Goodell to lower the gavel and finally suspend the guilty parties.