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    Ricky Williams fails second drug test

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=1802049

    Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams faces a $650,000 fine following his second violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, the Palm Beach Post reported Friday.

    According to the report, Williams failed a drug test on Dec. 10, 2003. This follows a prior failed test soon after he arrived in Miami after being traded from the New Orleans Saints in May 2002.

    When reached by the paper, Williams claimed his status with the league was clear.

    "I'm in good standing with the NFL and the Dolphins," Williams told the Post.

    Sources, however, told the Post that Williams appealed the fine for this latest apparent transgression at the NFL headquarters in New York City on April 16. Williams denied that his visit to NFL headquarters was related to a drug policy violation.

    "There is no story here," he told the Post. "I was in New York a few weeks ago and I did visit the league headquarters. I guess that's how rumors get started. But I was just visiting friends in the city and I just decided to go in. I will be at training camp on Tuesday."

    According to the report, the Post saw NFL documents that showed Williams' attorney, Gary Ostrow, had filed arguments with the league over the fairness of its drug testing policy. Williams reportedly scored a 15 on the league's testing scale -- the lowest score that would register as a positive test result and one that, according to the report, is consistent with occasional marijuana use. A second sample taken later on Dec. 10 scored a 14 -- a level that would not have warranted league action without an initial positive result, according to the Post.

    "Ricky is pretty confident he's going to beat this thing," one source told the paper. "When he took the test, for example, he was dehydrated after exercising. Dehydration sometimes causes people who would be negative to test positive."

    Dr. Gary Wadler, a New York University professor and doping expert, told the Post that he has never heard of dehydration being successfully used as a drug defense.

    "Clearly, athletes will search every method they can, including analyzing each rule very precisely, the handling of the sample and the validity of the laboratory," Wadler said. "But marijuana is not a substance that occurs normally in the body and the only argument you can really make is passive inhalation. But for a cutoff above that level? You smoked. And you inhaled."

    The Post reports that the NFL is expected to make a decision on Williams' appeal at the end of May.

    Williams also denied to the paper that he is in a league intervention program stemming from a first positive test, but that stance is contradicted by one of the paper's sources.

    "He was just weeks away from getting off the intervention program," one of the sources said. "Officially, he would have been off intervention on Super Bowl Sunday. He has tested negative more than 100 times before. But then, this thing happened. He now gets back into intervention for another two years."

    Per the NFL's substance abuse policy, a third violation for Williams would result in a four-game suspension.


    I didn't know this guy failed his first drug test....
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    Wow. Two drug tests failed (or claimed). I hope he doesn't fail another one. That would be bad publicity for the NFL!

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    athletes on drug (legal, illegal, or for medicinal purposes) should be non-news

    pretty much everyone takes them.

    it's just that most are able to hide it

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    Wow....

    I definately thought Ricky was clean.

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    very sad .but i guess that happens all the time.i bet we have several players lol.
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    thsi morning i just heard on the score
    rickey williams to retire
    anyone else heard about that?

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    what a surprise. he was one of the best. looks like miami is going to suck. i just heard that they are looking at henry and if McGahee runs good in training camp they will trade. now im mad!

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    HAHA HES A LOSER LOL.. WILILAMS RETIRED THIS IS SOOOOOOO GREAT.. now all we have to worry about is Cory Dillon... and the bills would have the two best RB's in the NFC EAst.. Curtis is washed up... i was suspecious thats why he retired.. DRUG Problems wow.. thats all i got to say..
    thanx for the article

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    LOL Billsfan even though the Dolphins are my favorite team I still dislike Ricky Williams for retiring and doing drugs...... its pathetic and so is he..... GO Travis Minor...... ah wait that doesnt sound right..... GO A.J. Feeley.... that doesnt sound right either I give up...... THE DOLPHINS ARE GOING TO SUCK THIS YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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