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NFL Grilled by State Court

In the neverending saga of the NFL vs. the Williams Wall, the NFL was back in court today attempting to get the permanent injunction denied.

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Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press reported this exchange:

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“What confidence should we (the court) have that the NFL will comply with the three-day notice of DATWA if it does not grant (the permanent injunction)?” Connolly asked.

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Nash disputed whether it should be an issue. He said the NFL’s drug-testing policy, which it negotiated with the players association, provides far greater protections that are fairer to Vikings players than other workers in the state.

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The NFL has argued unsuccessfully that its policy supersedes Minnesota law and gives the NFL the authority to discipline players.

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“We will comply with DATWA,” Nash told Connolly. “But it’s important to note that the (NFL) policy being challenged, in terms of providing notice, far exceeds the provisions set forth by DATWA.”

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How the NFL continues to assert that its rules somehow “supersedes” a state law is ridiculous. This is the same as 3M saying that they can fire someone in violation of Minnesota law. No, they can’t, and either can the NFL.

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No rule a business has in place “supercedes” any law on the books. A drunken baby chimp knows that. How does the NFL not?

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.