NEW YORK – An NFL lineman who lost his starting job while serving a drug suspension filed suit against the league in federal court Wednesday, claiming it knew the weight-loss supplement StarCaps contained a banned substance but didn't tell players.
Nesbit says he took StarCaps, which didn't list bumetanide as an ingredient.
Like a couple of Vikings players who were caught in the same situation, Nesbit contends that NFL officials knew StarCaps contained bumetanide, but did not specifically notify players or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He also says other players who tested positive for the same substance were not suspended by the league.
Minnesota defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams, and New Orleans defensive ends Charles Grant and Will Smith and former running back Deuce McAllister also were caught taking bumetanide, but fought their suspensions and were able to play.
Nesbit served his suspension and lost his starting job to Carl Nicks. He played in 13 games last season, mostly on special teams, and was released in March.
The 33-year-old Nesbit, now a free agent, says he was damaged by the NFL's nondisclosure of bumetanide in StarCaps and is demanding unspecified damages.
The NFL's position since the StarCaps controversy broke has been that players are responsible for what they put into their bodies.
"There is no basis for undoing the discipline issued for Mr. Nesbit<s violation of a collectively bargained program and, therefore, no merit to this lawsuit," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Wednesday night.