February 24, 2009

Trial date set for suspension challenge

A June 15 trial date has been set for all-pro Minnesota defensive tackles Pat and Kevin Williams in their fight to overturn NFL suspensions for steroid use.

The players were handed four-game suspensions for allegedly violating the league's policy on anabolic steroids.The Williamses filed a lawsuit seeking up to $10 million in addition to asking that their suspensions be lifted.

The Star Tribune reported Tuesday there was a pretrial conference with U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson, who set another hearing for May 14 when motions will be filed.

Attorney Peter Ginsberg, who is representing the Williamses in the case, said he expects the trial will last about one week, the Minneapolis newspaper said.

The two Vikings, along with three players from the New Orleans Saints, tested positive for a weight-loss supplement called StarCaps, which contained a banned substance called bumetanide, the newspaper said. Bumetanide. The drug can mask steroids use but was not listed as an ingredient.