Vindication for David Vobra?

NFL player David Vobora has been awarded $5.4 million by a judge in a lawsuit he filed against a nutritional supplement company he claimed sold him tainted supplements that resulted in his suspension from the NFL.

The player was suspended from four games in 2009 after testing positive for a banned substance that was found in the supplements he was taking. “So many of the athletes are claiming that they haven’t cheated and the supplements have been tainted. And it’s true,” said the player’s lawyer.

Not mention except in the very, very fine print of a minority of articles: it was a default judgment. No attorney entered an appearance for the defendant in the lawsuit. There is no airing of the facts here. No vindication. “Today is a celebration,” Vobora said. “Today, I’ve been proven innocent.” Please. Spare me.

Look, I’m not saying it did not happen just as this guy says it happened. I have no clue. But the idea that this lawsuit vindicates Vobora is just silly. Anyone can sue a small supplement company, get a judgment because they can’t even hire a lawyer, and claim the facts alleged are true. I don’t blame Vobra at all for filing the lawsuit. Again, maybe it is just as he says. My frustration is how the media reports on lawsuits and litigation in general. Most everything is out of context.