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Report: Richard Sherman appeal ruling coming Thursday

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On Sunday, we found out more about the content of cornerback Richard Sherman’s appeal of the four-game suspension handed down by the league for violating the performance-enhancing drug policy.

Monday brings word on when we’ll find out whether or not the appeal was successful. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the ruling on the appeal is expected to come down on Thursday. That’s a few days before the Seahawks are scheduled to host the Rams in the regular season finale. If Sherman’s original suspension is upheld, he would miss Week 17 and any potential playoff games other than the Super Bowl.

Schefter reported Sunday that Sherman’s appeal hinges on the fact that the cup containing his urine specimen was broken, forcing the collector to put a second cup underneath it to collect any leakage. Sherman is arguing that the seal of that second cup was previously broken, breaking the chain of custody and invalidating any resulting positive test.

Florio broke down some reasons why the collective bargaining agreement that the league and the players negotiated makes a successful appeal using those criteria unlikely. It would certainly be good news for the Seahawks if he’s incorrect. We’ll find out later this week.

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39 Responses to “Report: Richard Sherman appeal ruling coming Thursday”
  1. 49erdynasty says: Dec 24, 2012 4:34 PM

    Notice how he doesn’t say that he’s not guilty because he didn’t use a substance he wasn’t supposed to.

  2. dervytimmons says: Dec 24, 2012 4:52 PM

    This is not that difficult. I’ve taken countless urinalysis tests. Cup is broken? Use a new cup. Second cup has a broken seal? Go for a third cup. Repeat as many times as necessary until the contributor and collector agree that the sample is good. NFLPA is a joke. Roger Goodell is a joke. With as much as these players (and teams) have to lose, you’d think they could negotiate a system that is fair and transparent. Blue collar workers have been doing this for decades. This is not rocket science. These PED stories are becoming bigger than what is actually taking place on the field.

  3. goldrush36 says: Dec 24, 2012 4:54 PM

    I don’t see what the point is now… This will likely be no different than the Denver player last year as the postseason hit. Roll it into the start of 2013 instead. Besides I wanna see if Rodgers can revenge fail mary if the seeding and wildcard plays out to facilitate that and it would be nice to see Sherman there. I like Sherman’s confidence and bravado. He is a gamer, I just wish he didn’t get away with so much. I still have to wonder if Crabtree hadn’t caught that 35 yd pass last night if there would even be a flag? Crabs was outright accosted and still made the grab. Sherman applauded it because he knew he was all over him. Either way it’s looking like a solid 10 years of a good rivalry coming. Rams are improving. Cards really just need a QB and some protection… wouldn’t be the least surprised to see 3 NFCW playoff teams next year

  4. FinFan68 says: Dec 24, 2012 5:01 PM

    the cup containing his urine specimen was broken, forcing the collector to put a second cup underneath it to collect any leakage. Sherman is arguing that the seal of that second cup was previously broken, breaking the chain of custody and invalidating any resulting positive test.
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    So he expects people to believe the second cup was previously used and that is where the contamination came from. Ridiculous. The cups are sealed when used. The second cup would have had to be empty (like the first one) and then sealed after use. Basically 2 cups used, one sealed. The lawyers think that is grounds to throw out his test. Sherman is dirty and they are just looking for some way to excuse it. The NFL loves drama (especially in the playoffs) so they might just toss the test–for PR purposes, not because the test(s) are invalid.

  5. kylexitron says: Dec 24, 2012 5:06 PM

    “So he expects people to believe the second cup was previously used. . .”

    Considering his co-CB is already serving a suspension, maybe it’s not likely but also not out of the realm of possibility that they were tested at pretty much the same time and one sample contaminated the other due to negligence.

    These tests are conducted all the time, it’s not like the person conducting them is a pee-lord focused whole-heartedly on the all of the pee they collect in a given week.

    Perhaps it’s not likely but it’s IMO not a good idea to assume the collection and testing process is flawless and every player is guilty without a fair shake.

    Also to the person who said “Notice how he doesn’t say that he’s not guilty. . .” . . .

    Isn’t that implied by going through the appeal process? Would it sound more believable if he wasted time bleating his innocence, rather than trying to describe the facts?

  6. steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says: Dec 24, 2012 5:06 PM

    He is a cheater and plays for a loser. He and the rest of that organization belong in another league.

  7. irishfan109 says: Dec 24, 2012 5:07 PM

    The cup was broken… The 2nd best excuse I’ve heard for PED’s, with the infamous “I just train too hard” excuse by Cushing being number one.

  8. maxl49 says: Dec 24, 2012 5:12 PM

    if you ain’t cheatin’ you ain’t tryin’

  9. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 24, 2012 5:16 PM

    Now even their urine is tainted.

  10. dervytimmons says: Dec 24, 2012 5:24 PM

    I love how people on this site make comments like, “Sherman is Dirty”, “Sherman is innocent”. Only Sherman knows what Sherman is. Folks make grand proclamations based on who they root for. For every dirty player who gets caught, imagine how many go undetected. Fall through the cracks. I’ll tell you this: I’d bet money that the percentage of players taking PEDs in the NFL doesn’t vary much from team to team. Your 49ers or Steelers aren’t much cleaner or dirtier than my Seahawks or Patriots. Get your head out of the sand and move on.

  11. dervytimmons says: Dec 24, 2012 5:29 PM

    steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing says:
    Dec 24, 2012 5:06 PM
    He is a cheater and plays for a loser. He and the rest of that organization belong in another league.

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    Have fun watching the post season.

  12. favresweiner says: Dec 24, 2012 5:33 PM

    So why was he allowed to play against the 9ers?

  13. xerocc says: Dec 24, 2012 5:39 PM

    Cheater.

  14. seahawkgoat says: Dec 24, 2012 5:46 PM

    It’s only natural for Seahawks and Seals to have issues with each other

  15. kylexitron says: Dec 24, 2012 6:03 PM

    “Happy Birthday, coach Harbaugh. Hope you enjoyed it.” – Richard Sherman in a post game interview after the Seahawks destroyed the 49ers 42-13 in a game that wasn’t even that close.

  16. beastmode5150 says: Dec 24, 2012 6:08 PM

    Hey steeler douche

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    Ben Rothlesberger

  17. dennisatunity says: Dec 24, 2012 6:18 PM

    I am fascinated by the number of people who automatically assume that Goodell and the League were making things up on the Bounty Scandal, yet assume that Sherman is guilty and not even entitled to the due process guaranteed him by the collective bargaining agreement. The League has poor practices–that carries into the Bounty Scandal just as it does into their urinalysis collection procedures. The League wants to make sure that nobody appeals a false positive, so they put out the myth that the League’s decisions cannot be overturned. They can and they have. Don’t be such ring kissing toadies. People in power really do lie sometimes!

  18. dennisatunity says: Dec 24, 2012 6:20 PM

    beastmode 5150
    “Ben Rothlesgerger” is a perfect comment to the Steelers fan. Can you imagine a Steelers fan being shocked about Sherman possibly using PEDs but who is perfectly comfortable with a multiple rapist playing quarterback for them? Kind of stunning, isn’t it?

  19. hawktawker says: Dec 24, 2012 6:28 PM

    steelernation are the pin heads ofexistenceyouarenothing

    _________

    Ha! Who’s going to the show and who’s going to the couch…and before you start reciting your team’s well deserved praise of past seasons…this about here and now!!!

  20. discountdoublecheck says: Dec 24, 2012 6:34 PM

    dervytimmons says: Dec 24, 2012 5:24 PM

    I love how people on this site make comments like, “Sherman is Dirty”, “Sherman is innocent”. Only Sherman knows what Sherman is. Folks make grand proclamations based on who they root for. For every dirty player who gets caught, imagine how many go undetected. Fall through the cracks. I’ll tell you this: I’d bet money that the percentage of players taking PEDs in the NFL doesn’t vary much from team to team. Your 49ers or Steelers aren’t much cleaner or dirtier than my Seahawks or Patriots. Get your head out of the sand and move on.

    ===================================

    Best comment ever. Full of truth, the whole truth and nothing but the TRUTH.

    Homers crack me up to no end. They’ll cry foul when Richard Sherman is accused (nothing concrete has been determined) of using, but if it were their teams’ star CB, it would be ‘Oh Goodell this, Goodell that.’ It never changes. I just laugh it off at this point.

    Sports fandom and hypocrisy go hand and hand. Always have, always will.

  21. sacaypaga says: Dec 24, 2012 7:30 PM

    NFL should legalize drugs/steroids. Make the playing field even. It’s their lives. If they want to rott their bones and liver away then so be it.

  22. chawk12thman says: Dec 24, 2012 8:22 PM

    I think he used but to be a valid test the process has to be fair…….I think MLB procedures should be mirrored. NFLPA and Owners should Amend the CONTRACT now so that this won’t be an issue for the next decade.

    NFLPA should propose the amendment with an agreement that Sherman serve a one game suspension beginning this coming week……..His pay suspension would be bigger than if in the playoffs and this issue would be put behind everyone.

    As a Hawk’s Fan I am hoping for no penalty but think this would be fair…..

  23. duncanthecat says: Dec 24, 2012 8:51 PM

    If he was smart, he would have taken the punishment games and been ready for the championship/SB, if they so happen to get there.

    Now he is going to be out against top competitors. Wanting to beat everyone by 40 points has its cost.

  24. theawesomersfranchise says: Dec 24, 2012 8:52 PM

    Plastic Cups were invented in 1964
    Just sayin

  25. jprcox says: Dec 24, 2012 9:18 PM

    @ 49erdynasty says:

    Notice how he doesn’t say that he’s not guilty because he didn’t use a substance he wasn’t supposed to.
    __________

    Yeah, cause that argument would do no good anyway, but he has said that in the past.

    You need to just accept your team got owned last night and move on. Sherman scored more points than your entire team (when it mattered, not the give-me points at the end when we had 3rd string DB’s in the game)

  26. jprcox says: Dec 24, 2012 9:25 PM

    @ steelernationisthepinnacleofexistenceyouarenothing:

    Wow, your team does’t even make the playoffs and you talk that kind of smack?

    Rothlesberger should be in prison – not just suspended.

  27. sloiggles says: Dec 24, 2012 10:21 PM

    Ryan Braun wants an explanation

  28. taintedsaints2009 says: Dec 24, 2012 10:36 PM

    I see it as no coincidence that he plays for Pete Carroll.

    Pete Carroll is scum.

  29. db105 says: Dec 24, 2012 11:15 PM

    sacaypaga says:
    Dec 24, 2012 7:30 PM
    NFL should legalize drugs/steroids. Make the playing field even. It’s their lives. If they want to rott their bones and liver away then so be it.
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    Then they’ll sue the NFL in 10-15 years from now.

  30. hawks1124 says: Dec 24, 2012 11:22 PM

    Worst case scenario is we lose Sherman in the playoffs, but get his meaner brother Browner back along with our 3rd CB Thurmond and fourth CB Trufant back. Browner is meaner and can hit a lot harder than Sherm.

  31. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 25, 2012 12:27 AM

    Someone should get Billy B from NE, Vilma and the Bounty Hunters, and Mr. Sherman, put them all on a team.

    Biggest bunch of dirty, cheating scum.

  32. beastmode5150 says: Dec 25, 2012 2:19 AM

    Let the hate flow through you.
    Gohawks.

  33. baymac408 says: Dec 25, 2012 2:33 AM

    He and all the DBS that play for Seattle are all on the same stuff guaranteed!!
    All substance abuse to their benefit.. Not to mention all the holding and hand checking they do up and down the field past 5 yards… Fluke team and wack fans get slapped

  34. mazblast says: Dec 25, 2012 4:27 AM

    IMO his suspension depends on who the Seahawks have to play in the playoffs. If it’s the Giants, rest assured, he’s suspended.

  35. revelation123 says: Dec 25, 2012 5:28 AM

    I don’t know what happened either way. However if I was in his shoes and actually took a PED, this would be one of the very few excuses that could possibly actually work.

    I wouldn’t put it past someone who went to Stanford.

  36. dirtydrew says: Dec 25, 2012 10:19 AM

    “Happy Birthday, coach Harbaugh. Hope you enjoyed it.” – Richard Sherman in a post game interview after the Seahawks destroyed the 49ers 42-13 in a game that wasn’t even that close.
    I find the arrogance of Seattle fans funny. I mean, both of your cb’s tested positive for PED’s. It’s good to see quality play out of Seattle, but to think Seattle is some Juggernaut is getting a little ahead of your selves. First, that was a poorly officiated game. On the first td, there was blatant holding on the LT. In fact, there was a lot of holding not called on Seattle. But the home crowd makes it a tough place to play.Too bad there going to be on the road for the playoffs. NFL defenses will catch up to Wilson and their offense.

  37. slickhawk says: Dec 25, 2012 3:47 PM

    What a bunch of no it all’s. Just think devils advocate for a second. How do you not know that someone slipped something into a unsealed cup or broken cup and was paid by another team (49ers) to do so. After Bellycheck and bombrady where cought cheating I think anything is possible in the NFL. Even paid of superbowl refs. So keep an open mind.

  38. chrismatthewsucks says: Dec 25, 2012 4:29 PM

    If Richard Sherman was on any other team I’d hate him, thank Jim Harbaugh for not drafting him! Haha

    Go hawks!

  39. ffej1971 says: Dec 26, 2012 1:13 PM

    Who is Clark Haggans?? Oh you guessed it a Niner linebacker suspended for PED this year. Wait it probably doesn’t count since he doesn’t play for them anymore. What a bunch of crap you all feed!!!! Imagine that also I saw someone post the coaches and players will catch up to Wilson. He is a rookie shouldn’t he be catching up. Well good luck with that he is pretty smart and seems to adjust well so you might be trying to figure him out for awhile. Name one other team that has beat Green bay (like it or not), New England, Niners, Minnesota, Chicago and Dallas. Not one team so Merry Christmas haters see you in the playoffs. So funny that anyone says we want to play the Seahawks because rest assure ni NFL team wishes for them…GO SEAHAWKS ALK DAY

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