Pat Williams won't go into details but maintains that his "situation is different" than that of the eight NFL players who are facing suspensions for reportedly testing positive for a banned weight-loss diuretic.
The Vikings defensive tackle, who works with children in Minnesota and Louisiana, told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that he's concerned how those kids will view him now that he's been linked to the report.
"They see me with all these guys," Williams told the Pioneer Press. "But my situation is different."
Fox Sports on Sunday named Vikings defensive tackles Pat and Kevin Williams as two of the players who were facing NFL suspension for testing positive for the banned diuretic Bumetanide. Other players facing league discipline: the Saints' Deuce McAllister, Will Smith and Charles Grant; Atlanta's Grady Jackson and the Texans' Bryan Pittman.
"I don't know how all that got out," Pat Williams told the Pioneer Press. "But anyone who knows me knows what I'm all about. My family knows the truth, my friends know the truth, the Vikings know the truth.
"Everything else will work itself out."
Kevin Williams refused to comment on a possible suspension.
"If it ain't about [Minnesota's next opponent] the Texans, I've got no information to share," Kevin Williams said in the Pioneer Press. "If you ask me about the Texans we can talk all day."
The league's policy on anabolic steroids and related substances is quite clear.
Here's an excerpt: "The use of so-called 'blocking' or 'masking' agents is prohibited by this policy. These include diuretics or water pills, which have been used in the past by some players to reach an assigned weight. ... Players are responsible for what is in their bodies."
The NFL has a medical expert authorized to field questions from players regarding specific supplements. It also has a toll-free hotline players can call.
However, Vikings receiver Bernard Berrian raised questions about the hotline this week when he told Sirius satellite radio that he had tried twice to call the hotline to get questions about a supplement and never got a response. He only got an answer on his third attempt. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told the Minneapolis Star Tribune in an e-mail that the league is looking into Berrian's claims.
In a Sirius appearance Wednesday, Saints coach Sean Payton was optimistic his three players facing suspension could win on appeal.
"I think there are some specific details that possibly can help these guys that will be interesting to see when it all sorts out," Payton told Sirius. "And we're hopeful, certainly, that again all the facts are out and I think they will have a chance to obviously be heard, and we're optimistic about it."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.