The Williamses filed a suit against the NFL and a judge agreed that the merits of the case need to be reviewed, and therefore issued a temporary restraining order to block the player's suspensions. H eplans to hear their case "soon." (as in after the playoffs?)
Predictably, the NFL said that they were within their rights under the CBA, and are expected to turn to a federal court to uphold their own ruling..."There is no merit to this lawsuit and we will promptly seek to have the order reversed."
And not at all unexpectedly, the NFL contended that the restraining order would be unprecedented and create a sideshow, disrupting the Vikings team and sending a message to other suspended players that they could file similar lawsuits. "This program [governing banned substances] would be thrown into disarray."
Hmmmm. And then again, maybe the NFL and the players union need to rethink the way they manage these tests and suspensions. Oh that's right, they haven't even sat down and started discussing how to create a workable CBA for the future. And the NFL spent a lot of effort grandstaning a few seasons ago about their drug testing while baseball was still trying to figure it all out. Yeah, so, no, there won't be labor harmony, and this....this is just the tip of a very large iceberg in player relations that's going to get very ugly very soon.