St. Louis Rams linebacker David Vobora was awarded $5.4 million by a federal judge in his lawsuit against a supplement maker, his attorneys announced Monday.
Vobora sued Anti-Steroid Program, LLC, a Florida supplement maker also known as S.W.A.T.S, after he was suspended by the NFL for four games in 2009 for using a contaminated product made by the company. U.S. District Court Judge Rodney W. Sippel found that the company intentionally misrepresented the supplement in violation of Missouri law.
The $5.4 million judgment for Vobora, which was awarded Friday, includes money for lost NFL compensation and marketing opportunities plus $2 million for damage done to his reputation.
“This monumental judgment cleared my family’s name,” Vobora said in a statement. “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 tested positive for methyltestosterone after using a spray made by the company. He studied the company’s website and even called an NFL hotline for players to ask about supplements before using the supplement.
Attorney R. Daniel Fleck said the judgment for Vobora is “believed to be the largest of its kind for any athlete who has been suspended from his or her sport because of a contaminated nutritional supplement.
“This case should be a warning to all supplement companies to improve their manufacturing processes and ensure their products are steroid-free,” he said in the statement.