StarCaps suspends sales

The makers of a weight-loss pill that has been linked to the potential suspensions of several players, including two Vikings, suspended sales of the product. Vikings coach Brad Childress offered his reaction, but stayed away from "conjecture."

The makers of the weight-loss supplement StarCaps, which has come under fire for being responsible for several players testing positive for a banned substance by the NFL and facing suspension, announced Thursday that it is halting sales of the product pending a review.

Approximately eight players have been linked to the product, which league officials have said is a diuretic water pill that has been linked to masking the use of steroids through a substance. Among the players currently under investigation and potential suspension include Kevin Williams and Pat Williams of the Vikings, according to a Fox Sports report on Sunday.

Two members of the New Orleans Saints, RB Deuce McAllister and guard Jamar Nesbit, have filed suit against the company, whose product doesn't list the banned substance Bumetanide on its packaging but allegedly contains the banned substance.

The league has a no-tolerance policy concerning banned substances, but this may be the exception to the rule, since the product didn't state that it contained Bumetanide, which it is required to do by law.

When Viking Update informed Brad Childress that StarCaps suspended sales and asked for his reaction, he said, "Probably is just a mirror of the stock market right now," Childress said. "Suspended sales, who knows? Maybe it had something to do with Wall Street."

When asked if he thought it had something to do with the negative NFL publicity the company had been receiving, Childress said, "I wouldn't conjecture on that. That's your guys' job."

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