St. Louis Rams linebacker David Vobora was suspended for 4 games during the 2009 season for testing positive for a banned supplement. But this wasn't some sort of Claude Wroten-type substance violation. The problem with Vobora's suspension is that he used a product that was misrepresented to him. Vobora can't get those four games back now, but he can at least say that he was right. A federal judge ordered the nutrition supplement company to pay Vobora a $5.4 million settlement.
Apparently, it was quite the ordeal for the former Idaho Vandal, going far beyond just the suspension.
This monumental judgment cleared my family's name. We stuck together through threats, ridicule, and unfair stigma. Finally vindicated, I'm relieved that I can refocus on football and help the St. Louis Rams get back to the playoffs when the lockout ends. I'm grateful the Rams organization believed in my character through this trying process.
Vobora's original contract was a three-year, $1.75 million deal. A restricted free agent with just three years of service, the Rams tendered him at the original round level.
No word if he'll put some of that money into his pimped out 1984 LeBaron.
3k posted a Fanshot about this earlier, but it's worthy of its own post. I did want to recapture a point 3k made in his Fanshot though:
And a huge can of worms opened too. Do the coaches and players who endorsed the product bear any responsibility? What about the league, who provides a hotline (which Vobora called before using the supplement) that essentially advises on supplement polcy?