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Leaking cup helped Sherman avoid suspension

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In appealing his four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy regarding anabolic steroids and related substances, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman raised multiple issues regarding the sample collection and testing process.

Ultimately, one specific flaw helped him avoid the suspension.

The four-page ruling from hearing officer Bob Wallace, a copy of which has been obtained and posted by the folks at KJR radio, explains that the cup given to Sherman by sample collector Mark Cook was leaking.  Though portions of their stories conflicted, both Sherman and Cook agreed that the cup was indeed leaking and that the contents were placed into a second cup.  Sherman claimed that Cook transferred the contents of the first cup into a second cup; Cook explained that he gave the new cup to Sherman, and that Sherman transferred the sample.

Cook testified that he had never before encountered a leaking cup.  Cook later contradicted himself (according to Wallace), taking the position that the leakage “did not rise to the level of — of it being a big deal and having to include it  [in] the report.”  Wallace disagreed with Cook’s assessment:  “Insuring that the sample is collected properly is the cornerstone of the program and when an event occurs that does not happen routinely or that the collector has never experienced while collecting the sample it is incumbent on the collector to note what happened.”

Consequently, Wallace found that Sherman proved that an error occurred in the collection process, and that the NFL had failed to show that the departures did not materially affect the validity of the positive test result.

The outcome is indeed fairly narrow and specific, given that collection cups rarely leak.  When they do, the collector needs to document the incident, transfer the contents to a new, clean cup, and ensure that a clear chain of custody is established.  Here, Cook’s failure to include the incident in his report resulted in Sherman’s appeal prevailing.

As to Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner, who withdrew his appeal and will complete his suspension on Sunday, Sherman’s victory becomes relevant only if Browner had similarly compelling facts.  So, in other words, Browner maybe shouldn’t be experiencing regret for choosing not to fight.

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98 Responses to “Leaking cup helped Sherman avoid suspension”
  1. mavajo says: Dec 27, 2012 10:04 PM

    Got out on a technicality. They should test him again immediately. This guy is an asshat, just like his coach. Can’t wait till they’re bounced from the playoffs.

  2. sacaypaga says: Dec 27, 2012 10:06 PM

    Seahawks need all the help they can’t get.

  3. msclemons67 says: Dec 27, 2012 10:07 PM

    So Sherman’s roid loaded pee was transferred from a leaky cup to a new cup. That’s the technicality that let a cheater off the hook?

  4. benwaballs11 says: Dec 27, 2012 10:07 PM

    Chewbaca defense.

  5. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: Dec 27, 2012 10:09 PM

    I’ll think of that any time my beer foams up too fast and I spill some yellow liquid on my hand.

    Rooting for the Seahawks in the playoffs!

  6. ljonesy2012 says: Dec 27, 2012 10:10 PM

    Awwwwww you a hater Mavajo? Ohhh a Pats fan I bet….or maybe San Fran? Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha GO HAWKS !!!!

  7. ttommytom says: Dec 27, 2012 10:11 PM

    I was a cop. I got dole tested (drug tested) 16 times in 20 years. I KNEW the process was legit, as was I and never thought twice about it. We are fired within one day for a positive result and NO ONE wins the appeal. Why? Because the process and chain of command is done properly.

    Get BETTER people to process the sample.

    NO excuse to hide a leaking cup (that’s corruption in my world).

    Should have thrown it all out and started a new sample.

    Sherman got lucky and the tech should be fired.

  8. olyhawk says: Dec 27, 2012 10:13 PM

    Go Sherm!!! Best corner in the league. Go head test him again, he’s a stanford alum, he’s not a damn fool.

  9. thejuddstir says: Dec 27, 2012 10:14 PM

    Reminds you of OJ Simpson who was acquitted but guilty as hell. Are the Chickenhawks going to be the 2013 version of the 2009 saints*? I don’t think so because the hawks can’t win on the road and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Packers are lookin’ forward to playing the hawks and “layin’ 50 on ‘em”.

  10. aresarrow says: Dec 27, 2012 10:16 PM

    Stop saying Browner will regret it! I get the paychecks lost but they’ll be 4-0 and he’s back for the playoffs. THINK!!

  11. jjwillis22 says: Dec 27, 2012 10:17 PM

    Mavajo, Sherman actually did get tested today so shove it. You mad bro?

  12. purpblooded says: Dec 27, 2012 10:18 PM

    I wonder how many use the “WIZZENATOR” like Orlando Smith got caught with at an airport.

  13. buhbay1c says: Dec 27, 2012 10:18 PM

    I don’t have a horse in this race so I really don’t care if he is suspended or not. I would ask that Seahawk homers spare us the flawed system analogies and the justice was done argument. Amphetamines clear out of urine in a matter of hours for a person with the metabolism of an athlete. It’s obvious he took the drug to enhance his performance and only got off on a technicality.

  14. olyhawk says: Dec 27, 2012 10:22 PM

    If you got say a DUI, and had an opputunity to get off on a illegal stop, wouldn’t you?

  15. inhokewetrust says: Dec 27, 2012 10:24 PM

    What a typical result…..way to teach the youth America…..take steroids and use a leaky cup….he has never denied he took roids…GOD BLESS AMERICA

  16. tiredofyoureferringtoateamaswe says: Dec 27, 2012 10:24 PM

    Anyone else notice he never once claimed he did not take PED’s? I guess the second cup must have been lined with PED’s?
    “If the glove don’t fit, you must acquit.”

  17. bigbaldpapahawk says: Dec 27, 2012 10:30 PM

    Technicality? Filling out the wrong box on the forms is a technicality. Two broken seals and a possible tainted sample is more than cause to question the validity of the results.

  18. 69finfan says: Dec 27, 2012 10:33 PM

    “Cupgate”. If the cup is split you must acquit.

  19. jm9ulose says: Dec 27, 2012 10:35 PM

    Lol. He’s guilty. Adderall Prime. It’s like a thief getting acquitted because the arresting officer forgot to read him his Miranda rights

  20. seahawkgoat says: Dec 27, 2012 10:36 PM

    “Can’t Wait” Mavajo – you sound like another hater clown that likes to run his mouth out of jealousy

  21. remyje says: Dec 27, 2012 10:39 PM

    y’all are some crybabies

  22. pacificnw7722 says: Dec 27, 2012 10:41 PM

    The Cup>Mark Cook………..

  23. seahawkhatersfu says: Dec 27, 2012 10:42 PM

    All the help they can get??? Hottest team in the NFL. Good try thou. Also Mavajo he has been tested 5 times since then and has passed everytime you clown.

  24. benh999 says: Dec 27, 2012 10:42 PM

    Congrats on spilling your piss! Clearly the NFL coats its piss containment jugs with aderall.

  25. dirtybirds233 says: Dec 27, 2012 10:42 PM

    I don’t have anything against him, or the Seahawks, but I agree with the statement above. Considering he got off only on a technicality, he should be tested again immediately.

  26. gbpshareholder says: Dec 27, 2012 10:43 PM

    If it’s not a leaking cup… It is a replacement ref!!! how much help do the SeaChickens deserve???

  27. calicokiller49 says: Dec 27, 2012 10:43 PM

    what a joke. cant stand this guy (and yes its because im a niner fan, and yes i hate pete carroll equally, and more than i hate jim schwartz ) not that i think they should be suspended for adderall, but if its a rule, its a rule. they shouldnt be able to weasel out of it. if anybody wants to see a video of sherman pre nfl, just go to youtube and type ” they raping everybody out here” i aint gonna lie i dont think we can beat the seahawks right now, but we get rested ( we need the bye) we get justin smithback, we get em in our house, it will be a 49er w, and i hope harbaugh is not only honking, i hope he gives those chumps the finger on the way out.

  28. pj1983a says: Dec 27, 2012 10:45 PM

    Eww.

  29. eatitfanboy says: Dec 27, 2012 10:45 PM

    Figured we’d get right to the “got off on a technicality” guy.

    So, mavajo, as far as you are concerned, the NFL should just use whatever haphazard method they want to issue suspensions that permanently stain a player’s reputation and pay no attention to protocols accepted by other leagues and sanctioning bodies around the world.

    What SHOULD have happened is that the second the league learned what had happened to Sherman’s sample, they should have tossed the results and tested him again. But instead, they used the potentially tainted sample and figured they could get away with it.

    Now, they can test him all they want- he won’t be stupid enough to go near anything illegal for a long time, if ever.

    So the league will never know whether Sherman cheated or not- and they have no one but themselves to blame.

  30. sampulls says: Dec 27, 2012 10:47 PM

    This is the kind of stuff that shows how backwards our society is. Getting off on technicality….Come on.

    Maybe they should simply ask him if he did it? Shouldn’t we expect a truthful answer? Where has truth, honour, and integrity gone in the past 50 years?

  31. pencilmonkeymagic says: Dec 27, 2012 10:48 PM

    Awww… Commenters don’t like it.

    Well, soon as you invent that lil’ old’ machine that makes everything go your way, life will be just rosey.

    Till then, you’re all out of luck.

  32. Stiller43 says: Dec 27, 2012 10:50 PM

    I find myself rooting for the wilson led seahawks and subsequently sherman…but this whole thing stinks to high heck.

  33. lanman11 says: Dec 27, 2012 10:54 PM

    This will be the next big Average Joe DUI defense…..

    Defendant: “your Honor, the cup was leaking……”

    Judge: “Not Guilty!”

    Yeah, this’ll work for average Joe’s….for sure.

  34. ringwormsherm says: Dec 27, 2012 10:55 PM

    To all the tools and seahawk haters out there: Yes Sherman won his appeal and yes they “randomly” tested him today. He passed I might add. So this past month when he’s been making your team look silly, he’s been CLEAN. So keep mentioning how he and Carrol are cheats if that makes you feel better. But the bottom line is, we have THE best corner in the NFL and come the playoffs when we get his bigger, meaner brother back, it’s game over for receivers. So please keep hating, because you look that much more uneducated and simple than what you already are. SEAHAWKS!!!

  35. h4wksf4n says: Dec 27, 2012 10:56 PM

    Go Hawks!

  36. ftcsubs says: Dec 27, 2012 11:00 PM

    Yeah he should be tested again. He is making it out that his sample was tainted because there is a big conspiracy that a second cup was used. It’s still his urine. The conspiracy is the second cup was tainted. Why would someone trying to set someone up have a built in loophole. He would just taint the 1st cup. so Sherman must be wanting to clear his name from the smearing someone has put on his credibility by giving another urine sample, blood test and hair sample to clear his name from this injustice that someone was trying to set him up with a tainted specimen cup. He will be giving the results to Florio to substantiate and validate his innocence. he will also be on PFT live tommorrow to take a live polygraph

  37. beastmode5150 says: Dec 27, 2012 11:01 PM

    He’s an idiot? Hmph, he’s a Stanford grad, I know that.

  38. yondo123 says: Dec 27, 2012 11:01 PM

    Hope Goodell was holding the bottom of that cup

  39. tangfish says: Dec 27, 2012 11:02 PM

    Bwahahahaha! to all the hawk-haters, you can toss our salads, the only remaining question is do you prefer jelly or syrup?

  40. trippymane says: Dec 27, 2012 11:04 PM

    Lmao love this haters, dont yall ;-) <3 you know your doing something right when ratchets hate on you lol. Love it!Go hawks!

  41. baymac408 says: Dec 27, 2012 11:06 PM

    I love the first 2 comments

  42. PhillySports25 says: Dec 27, 2012 11:07 PM

    mavajo says:
    Dec 27, 2012 10:04 PM
    Got out on a technicality. They should test him again immediately. This guy is an asshat, just like his coach. Can’t wait till they’re bounced from the playoffs.
    ————————————————————-
    Apparently the NFL “randomly” tested him today.

  43. tharoostah says: Dec 27, 2012 11:11 PM

    Adderal? So what? Good for Sherman

  44. seahawksgirl says: Dec 27, 2012 11:13 PM

    If the Pee cup drips, you must acquit.

  45. Fancybaseball says: Dec 27, 2012 11:13 PM

    So basically….he did it.

  46. oldbrowndawg says: Dec 27, 2012 11:14 PM

    What a joke! That’s what happens when lawyers invade even an area such as pro football. What haven’t they screwed up in this society over the past 40 years????!!!!

    As to drug testing, I think it should be randomly done as the players are about to go back onto the field after halftime. I’ll bet you’d catch a TON of dudes hyped up. The whole system is a ridiculous joke, as evidenced by this “chain of evidence” debacle.

  47. trollaikman8 says: Dec 27, 2012 11:17 PM

    His classy coach had the balls to congratulate him via twitter. Congrats for getting off on a technicality.
    Only in Carroll and Harbaugh’s world.

  48. redandgoldhitman52 says: Dec 27, 2012 11:21 PM

    stay classy pete…

  49. mavajo says: Dec 27, 2012 11:27 PM

    “So, mavajo, as far as you are concerned, the NFL should just use whatever haphazard method they want to issue suspensions that permanently stain a player’s reputation and pay no attention to protocols accepted by other leagues and sanctioning bodies around the world.”

    No, I’m fine with the ruling. Based on what happened, it’s appropriate that his suspension be overturned. But it’s also based on a technicality, and I think he should be tested again immediately. And this time, they should do it right so that he can’t get off on a technicality again.

    Fact is, the guy was taking an illegal substance. And he would have been nailed for it, but the sampler collector wasn’t as dilligent as he should have been. Test him again and let’s remove all doubt.

  50. bnwpnw says: Dec 27, 2012 11:28 PM

    One thing I think we can all agree on from this report:

    Does Mark Cook have the worst job in the world or WHAT?

  51. kingpel says: Dec 27, 2012 11:29 PM

    Attention all PED users!

    In case of unexpected testing, crack testing cup!

  52. periferal26 says: Dec 27, 2012 11:31 PM

    For those of you who wanted Sherman drug-tested again immediately…He was.

    As in TODAY immediately.

    If that test comes back with any drugs he’ll get immediately suspended and everyone will say, “I knew it.”

    And if the new test comes back clean everyone will say, “Well he didn’t have drugs in his system this time because he knew the NFL was watching.”

    It’s a no win for Sherman at this point. For those of you who hate him or the Seahawks just come out and admit it at the beginning of all your posts so we don’t have to test your urine for any shred of objectivity.

  53. snaxdsp says: Dec 27, 2012 11:35 PM

    Lmao! What a joke the league is

  54. bigbaldpapahawk says: Dec 27, 2012 11:35 PM

    There are a lot of Niner fans in this talkback.

  55. titknocker says: Dec 27, 2012 11:42 PM

    ______________________________
    purpblooded says: Dec 27, 2012 10:18 PM

    I wonder how many use the “WIZZENATOR” like Orlando Smith got caught with at an airport.

    ____________________________________-

    Probably not many, since it was Ontario Smith!!

  56. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Dec 27, 2012 11:45 PM

    Why is everyone so concerned about the Seahawks? This team cannot stop the run and Wilson will get completely out schemed when good teams unleash playoff caliber defense against him on the road. Watch what Jeff Fisher has for them this Sunday. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the Crocs lose to the Lambs this weekend.

    They beat a horrid Bills and Cardinals team and a GASSED Niner team who were gutted by the win in New England. It’s all about match ups folks. Road playoff games do not favor the Crocs

  57. lanman11 says: Dec 27, 2012 11:53 PM

    If only Bill Belichick would Tweet, my life would be complete………..

  58. brokenrope says: Dec 27, 2012 11:53 PM

    Has the NFL checked Lynch? This is the guy that needs to be monitored 24/7.
    He has a uncanny ability to run thru a brick wall,
    this has PED written all over it much like McGwire hitting a ball six hundred feet.
    Hello NFL are you listening?

  59. thermalito says: Dec 28, 2012 12:00 AM

    Juicing is perfectly okay in the NFL

  60. jm9ulose says: Dec 28, 2012 12:14 AM

    LOL…best corner in the league? Usually the best corner in the league makes the Pro Bowl. I just checked the roster…he’s not on it. I LOL at Sherman’s and Hawks fans “swag”. I will enjoy your ousting in the playoffs. Have a nice day…

  61. themackstrong says: Dec 28, 2012 12:14 AM

    49er fans disappeared but pulled their heads out of the dirt after that 42-13 beatdown last weekend to cry about wanting our best player to out because a technician made serious errors in his process. Yeah I guess if my team was destroyed by a division rival I would be hoping for an edge for my team. Not this year, can’t wait for the playoffs when we get Browner back. Go Hawks!

  62. dirtysouthniner says: Dec 28, 2012 12:17 AM

    Um, c yah in three weeks to go to the bowl!! Nothin else matters!! Hawks playin good right now,can u win 3 on the road n go to the Superbowl,meh don’t think so. Good luck though.

  63. burnttoast71854 says: Dec 28, 2012 12:26 AM

    I can careless if he got off on a technicality, the NFL rule book says after 5 yards u are not allowed to touch a reciever. The proof is in the pudding. No leaking cup. Just game tape he & his other leaking cup buddy on the other side of the field grab,hold, & whatever else to WR & it never gets called. Don’t call me a 9ners fan cause I’m not. It’s like LeBron James in basketball he takes 3 steps not 2 but 3 to the basket. 3 step LeBron should be his name. So I guess we should call him Richard”leaking cup”Sherman. So to all Seahawk fans “You mad Bro”

  64. msclemons67 says: Dec 28, 2012 12:41 AM

    The league doesn’t reveal what PED the player used. Adderall is the new excuse that cheaters use when they get busted.

    Sherman’s roid cycle will be completely out of his system now so re-testing is a waste of time.

  65. db105 says: Dec 28, 2012 12:46 AM

    The testing procedures would make the Detroit Lions of 2008 proud.

  66. contraisloosebuthole says: Dec 28, 2012 12:46 AM

    Test the cheater again asap.

  67. rg3isvictory says: Dec 28, 2012 12:46 AM

    Anybody is enjoys the game of football at the professional level and also wants to see players suspended for steroid use is nothing short of a Hippocrate!

  68. herbertjablonski says: Dec 28, 2012 1:09 AM

    Isn’t that the same way Ryan Braun got off? (just asking)

  69. downsouth49er says: Dec 28, 2012 2:41 AM

    Who cares? The Seahawks acted like they won the SB after beating the 49ers. They won’t win the west and will go to the Redskins and get thrashed by RG3. The Cardinals will probably lay down to the 49ers after the Seahawks ran the score up on them a couple of weeks ago lol.

  70. birdsnooper2 says: Dec 28, 2012 3:05 AM

    Hmmmm….Browner’s an unheraled canuck and Sherman’s a converted receiver from Stanford, but they both start producing at a high level with team Carroll? And they both get popped for Adderall at the same time?

    Kinda like Lance wasn’t a climber until Ferrari and the dope rolled into town?

    The Commish should investigate Carroll and this dope issue.

  71. lflib69 says: Dec 28, 2012 3:42 AM

    I am a little confused here…..all the Seahawks fans are on here claiming that Sherman is the “Best CB in the NFL” yet he can’t even make the Probowl…which is voted on not only by the fans but the Players and Coaches as well. Hmmmm…when Revis comes back next year will they still claim he is the “Best CB in the NFL”? I am coming out of this article with the conclusion that the Gulls fans are a little delusional.

  72. lflib69 says: Dec 28, 2012 3:46 AM

    What goes around comes around…Sherman will get his

  73. kelphelper says: Dec 28, 2012 5:39 AM

    ok, a few things that seem to be missing from both the articles and the comments is the fact that sherman did indeed proclaim his innocence throughout. he has said that the reason he appealed and hired lawyers and pursued the whole process was because he knew he had not ingested any illegal substance. however, he knew that he needed more than just his word saying he didn’t use to overturn a suspension. almost all the players say that, and they always serve their time.

    now, because their argument is about the blunders in the collection department, everyone is assuming that he is getting off on a technicality. “he never said he wasn’t guilty!” but yes, he has. it just wasn’t the main point of his argument, because the technicality was what would overturn the ruling.

    whether you believe him or not, using the argument that he must have been guilty because he never said he didn’t use is pretty stupid.

  74. lostsok says: Dec 28, 2012 5:52 AM

    I’ve always rooted for the ‘Hawks in the NFC, but the Seattle fans are making them hard to like. I’ve never, literally, seen a fan base act as arrogant as they do…without actually accomplishing anyway.

    You’d think they were working on a three-peat the way they brag…just embarrassing to watch, read, or listen to.

  75. ripster65 says: Dec 28, 2012 6:01 AM

    eh, whatever…leave the guy alone…

  76. bobhk says: Dec 28, 2012 6:48 AM

    ljonesy2012 says:
    Dec 27, 2012 10:10 PM
    Awwwwww you a hater Mavajo? Ohhh a Pats fan I bet….or maybe San Fran? Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha GO HAWKS !!!!

    ——
    being a niners fan or pats fan would anyday qualify as being better than seabag fan. seahags have won exactly which trophy? oh right, one Lamar hunt.
    yawn.

  77. vaphinfan says: Dec 28, 2012 7:44 AM

    Shady things always happen around Pete Carrol and his teams ever since his first few years at USC. Like them being so good at home and so bad on the road. I wonder why that is.

  78. madpunter88 says: Dec 28, 2012 7:51 AM

    I was a urinalysis tester in the military and have conducted a number of these tests under the strictest procedures. The process is inviolate and the sanctity of the procedures is paramount since drug testing has an assumption of guilt based on positive tests. In virtually every other legal proceeding you are presumed innocent regardless of how much evidence there is against you and it is incumbent on the accuser to prove otherwise. Drug testing is the exact opposite — you are presumed guilty but only sometimes get the opportunity to argue your case otherwise. For this reason the process by which your due process is relinquished — the actual testing — must be without flaw and beyond reproach.

    If this really happened the way he and the tester says it did it is amazing. This would be an egregious violation of process in the military’s drug testing system and the accused would be immediately vindicated. I would never even conceive of transferring a sample from one cup to another…and especially without documenting it. And if the tester himself did the transferring it would be infinitely worse. The tester is not allowed to touch the bottle from when it is handed to the subject until it is labelled and sealed. While the tester, of course, does not have malicious intent and is rarely trying to get people to test positive, for all intents and purposes the tester is the accuser. So it is important that the accuser not have direct access to the sample once it is collected.

    Sherman need not argue he didn’t do it. And the fact that he is not saying that means nothing. He and any subject of drug testing is far, far more likely to get off based on procedural irregularities than by pleading innocence. He (well, his lawyer) did the right thing.

    The NFL needs to seriously figure out this process. It is not that hard but the process must be beyond reproach.

  79. jimyritz says: Dec 28, 2012 7:54 AM

    Big mouth Sherman and Ryan Braun, two peas in a pod…

  80. doorharp11 says: Dec 28, 2012 7:54 AM

    Ryan braun has a new buddy!

  81. thebigtim2012 says: Dec 28, 2012 8:06 AM

    Not a niners fan or a hawks fan. But the Braun defense strikes again. Seriously Ryan with a little initiative you could have trademarked it and made millions

  82. voiceofrealism says: Dec 28, 2012 8:11 AM

    eatitfanboy says: Dec 27, 2012 10:45 PM

    Now, they can test him all they want- he won’t be stupid enough to go near anything illegal for a long time, if ever.
    ————————————————–
    Yeah, cuz people who commit crimes and get away with them never do it again. What a maroon.

  83. Beezo-Doo-doo-Zippity-Bop-bop-bop says: Dec 28, 2012 8:18 AM

    I’ll never understand how fans can support cheaters just because they are on “their” team. Pretty poor upbringing if you ask me.

  84. discountdoublecheck says: Dec 28, 2012 8:48 AM

    mavajo says:Dec 27, 2012 10:04 PM

    Got out on a technicality. They should test him again immediately.
    ==================================

    Oh you mean kind of like how they have time and again since and he’s passed every time without question you zilch?

  85. skins23 says: Dec 28, 2012 8:53 AM

    I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that Seattle is playing Washington or Dallas Wild Card weekend.

  86. huffdaddyco says: Dec 28, 2012 9:15 AM

    You know, I have been rooting for the Seahawks this season and have enjoyed watching them play. The Hawk fans on here are changing my mind really quickly.

  87. hedleykow says: Dec 28, 2012 9:24 AM

    Wake me up when the playoffs start.

  88. bigbadbills says: Dec 28, 2012 9:27 AM

    Look at all these band wagon Seahawk fans!

  89. kidpresentable says: Dec 28, 2012 9:54 AM

    “I’ll never understand how fans can support cheaters just because they are on “their” team. Pretty poor upbringing if you ask me.”

    Every team has cheaters. If you don’t believe that, you have a pretty naive upbringing.

  90. lambeauwest says: Dec 28, 2012 10:37 AM

    Reminds me a bit of the Ryan Braun case – exhonerated on a technicality.

  91. thefirstweaponofchoice says: Dec 28, 2012 12:02 PM

    All these haters just didn’t want him to play in the playoffs… He won,,, eat it haters.

  92. thefirstweaponofchoice says: Dec 28, 2012 12:10 PM

    “I’ll never understand how fans can support cheaters just because they are on “their” team. Pretty poor upbringing if you ask me.”

    Every team has cheaters. If you don’t believe that, you have a pretty naive upbringing.

     …. Wait,,, wait…. Saint kidpresentable has something he wants to say….

  93. demo1984 says: Dec 28, 2012 12:33 PM

    You Chicken Hawk fans kill me, the guy cheated and got caught plain and simple. The test was deemed INVALID not negative. He still had a positive test. The sample was not tainted or contaminated the cup was leaking and he was given a new one just like he should have, Sherman transfered the sample just like he should have. He got off only because the tech did not follow procedure when he did not include the cracked cup in the report.
    The sample was positive, the guy still cheated. If he was clean is his teamate and other corner withdrawing his appeal for the same substance. Guess his cup was not cracked.

  94. yourmomcalled says: Dec 28, 2012 12:44 PM

    jm9ulose says:
    Dec 28, 2012 12:14 AM
    LOL…best corner in the league? Usually the best corner in the league makes the Pro Bowl. I just checked the roster…he’s not on it. I LOL at Sherman’s and Hawks fans “swag”. I will enjoy your ousting in the playoffs. Have a nice day…
    ————————————–

    No, the most popular players make the Pro Bowl. A benched C was voted a starter. Is he the best?
    Sherman was not allowed to be voted in because of the appeal.

  95. demo1984 says: Dec 28, 2012 1:04 PM

    Best corner in the league, do you think maybe the PED’s was taking had something to do with that ?? Unless you are a Hawks fan because he was not cheating to them because the cup was cracked.
    You Hawk fans deserve Carroll as a coach USC sure appreciates what he did for them.

  96. shlort says: Dec 28, 2012 3:49 PM

    Apparently all plastic urine sample cups are contaminated with whatever drugs the players test positive for.

    The NFL should reverse all suspensions ever handed down since testing began. Who would have thought that the company that made the cups coated the insides of random cups with an array of drugs. Never saw that one coming.

  97. deltaoracle says: Dec 28, 2012 3:49 PM

    If you can urinate so forcefully that you put a hole in the receptacle… you might be on roids.
    Hey – just bein’ snarky here, please don’t get too twitchy about it.

  98. deltaoracle says: Dec 28, 2012 3:52 PM

    Anyway… does this count as looking at the cup being half full or half empty?

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