Paul Walsh of the MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE has some very sad news today.
(Vikings’ Super Bowl chances now flushed until 2016?)
The two people behind the Original Whizzinator, a urine-cleansing gizmo that helped a onetime Minnesota Viking running back and other men cheat on drug tests, have pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in Pittsburgh.
Robert Catalano and George Wills pleaded guilty this week for “conspiring to defraud the federal agency that administers federal workplace drug testing programs.”
With guilty pleas, Catalano and Wills face up to eight years in prison and a $500,000 fine.
A very sad ending for the men who created one of the great sports stories of our generation. Thankfully though, the NFLer caught with the Whizzinator continues to entertain us.
Back in April of 2005, the Vikings running back Onterrio Smith was caught at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport with a Whizzinator and several pouches of dried urine. He was then suspended for the year by the NFL after the revelation, because it was Smith’s third violation of the league’s drug policy.
After that, Smith was then cut by the Vikings, cut by a CFL team and earlier this year was charged with DUI.
Despite all that, Jerry Jones has somehow not yet called him to ramrod through his NFL reinstatement, like a certain rainmaker we know.