D.J. Williams is up a certain creek without a paddle.
There’s no indication whether the substance in the creek was human in nature.
Williams’ lawsuit against the NFL was dismissed today, PFT reports, a lawsuit made in response to the league’s six-game suspension against Williams for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Williams’ case centers around the fact that the league claims he submitted “non-human” urine in a steroids test.
Judge Christine M. Arguello dismissed the case today, granting the NFL’s motion for summary judgment.
Peter Ginsberg, who represents Williams, tells PFT that Judge Arguello deferred to the NFL’s in-house review process, explaining that she has no authority to substitute her judgment for the judgment of NFL executive Harold Henderson, who handled the internal appeal. Ginsberg said that Judge Arguello also noted that Williams had received a full and fair hearing.
Former Bronco Ryan McBean was also suspended six games and sued the NFL, but he settled for a three-game suspension instead of moving forward with his case. Williams’ representation indicated they may still appeal this decision in the report.
Williams has already lost his internal appeal and this lawsuit, so a further appeal to the lawsuit appears to be his last shot. And a long one at that.
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