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Richard Sherman says he won his appeal

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It looks like the Seahawks will have cornerback Richard Sherman for the playoffs after all.

Sherman has been waiting for word on the league’s ruling on his appeal of a four-game suspension for violating the league policy on performance-enhancing drugs that would have cost him Week 17 and any playoff games up to the Super Bowl if it was upheld. He went to New York to appeal the suspension last week and tweeted Thursday that he was victorious.

Sherman’s appeal reportedly focused on the chain of custody of his urine specimen being broken when the collector put his damaged cup in another cup in order to contain any spillage. Sherman argued that the seal was not intact on the second cup, which, to his way of thinking, invalidated the positive test. The league apparently agreed and the Seahawks, who will get cornerback Brandon Browner back from his four-game suspension in their first playoff game, will be at full strength for the postseason.

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  1. msclemons67 says: Dec 27, 2012 12:26 PM

    Slippery Pete knows how to work the system.

  2. xzoso says: Dec 27, 2012 12:27 PM

    Go Hawks.

  3. blacknole08 says: Dec 27, 2012 12:28 PM

    Congrats to him. I’m sure his test was tainted. It’s happened before to other athletes.

    Can’t wait to see him in the playoffs.

  4. alonzodavid says: Dec 27, 2012 12:29 PM

    You mad bro’?

  5. vegagreenleaf says: Dec 27, 2012 12:29 PM

    What does Pete have to do with this? You all can hate Pete if you want, but please hate him for the right reasons…

  6. suckmyhawk2012 says: Dec 27, 2012 12:32 PM

    Nice! Say what you will about Sherm, the dude is one of the most exciting defensive players in the game. Go Hawks!

  7. foxdizzzl says: Dec 27, 2012 12:32 PM

    Watch out. Seahawks are primed to make a run to the Super Bowl.

  8. sf49ers4 says: Dec 27, 2012 12:32 PM

    He probably broke the cup knowing he was going to test positive…

  9. madpunter88 says: Dec 27, 2012 12:34 PM

    Now he needs to appeal the fact that he was not named a starter in the Pro Bowl. The guy has simply been exceptional and it easy to make the case he is the best corner in the NFL.

  10. olympiacham says: Dec 27, 2012 12:34 PM

    To all the people that jump to conclusions in this case and others…remember ‘innocent until proven guilty.’
    And now Sherman can get back to doing what does best…being a straight baller on the football field.

  11. donnymacjack says: Dec 27, 2012 12:35 PM

    Yes! Good to see the system working finally.

  12. rainger says: Dec 27, 2012 12:36 PM

    Take that all you haters and jerks who assume guilt and slander without any proof.

  13. jtylert says: Dec 27, 2012 12:36 PM

    I really don’t understand all the Sherman hate. Dude is a stand-up guy, who is extremely entertaining on and off the field. He’s never malicious with any of his banter. Glad to see he’s free and clear.

    Also nice to see a precedent set for keeping the suits/labcoats accountable to the players.

    Congrats to Optimus Prime

  14. coutre says: Dec 27, 2012 12:37 PM

    I bet the guy that heard his appeal was the same official that gave them the TD vs GB.

  15. soveyhawksfan says: Dec 27, 2012 12:38 PM

    Seattle gunna do major damage in playoffs browner and sherm full strength Super Bowl here we come

  16. jml4343 says: Dec 27, 2012 12:39 PM

    Another cheater gets off on a technicality. When is the NFL going to get competent testers so they can enforce this policy?
    It must be nice to have money to pay for lawyers to find loopholes to get these cheaters off.

  17. discountdoublecheck says: Dec 27, 2012 12:39 PM

    This now means they’ll have Sherman AND Browner in the playoffs, as well as Jeremy Lane and Byron Maxwell who have played well in the absence of Browner/Thurmond/Trufant.

    In the immortal words of Randy Marsh…’ohh my goddd.’

  18. thejuddstir says: Dec 27, 2012 12:40 PM

    It’s part of what is wrong with our society as a whole. Getting away with something because of a technicality doesn’t mean your not guilty. Too many people refuse to accept responsibility or accountability for their actions and not just on the football field. Hawk’s fans can cheer the decision because “their player” gets to play but I bet not a one of them would allow Sherman to be a mentor to their child….hyprocisy at it’s best.

  19. belgaron says: Dec 27, 2012 12:41 PM

    Clearly cost him a starting nod in the Pro Bowl, which is unfortunate, but having him back for the playoffs is a great benefit for the team and the fans.

  20. wagnum says: Dec 27, 2012 12:42 PM

    “You mad bro” This isn’t about the coach, the team, or the fans. This is a man that was slighted by a faulty test. Then the case was made public by a “leak” close to the NFL. We “the public should have never known about it until it was over or never. But every bandwagon hater decided to use 3rd world logic and proclaim a man guilty until proven innocent. Thankfully the system worked and justice has prevailed. Please go hate somewhere else if you have even one grain of class left in your soul. And by the way “You mad bro”

  21. mdhawkfan says: Dec 27, 2012 12:42 PM

    Slippery Pete??? What does he have to do with a urine sample? Just like he was the ref in the packer game, I guess.

  22. metalhead65 says: Dec 27, 2012 12:44 PM

    and people wonder why fans side with the commish having the power to hand out discipline? you failed and are using any technicality you can think of to get off. did you call ryan braun to get advice? lost all respect for him and anybody who uses this excuse. if you did not use you will not test positive!

  23. killface4prez says: Dec 27, 2012 12:46 PM

    I will check back periodically waiting for a seahawks fan to explain to me why Ryan Braun was the worst person on the face of the earth for getting off on the same technicality 8 months ago, but “justice has been served” for Sherman.

  24. eatitfanboy says: Dec 27, 2012 12:47 PM

    Cue all the “got off on a technicality” nonsense.

    Tainted samples are not a “technicality”. The procedures are put in place for a reason. If you’re going to besmirch someone’s reputation by accusing them of cheating, you better be darned sure you got it right.

    That means no variation from accepted procedure, ever.

    The fact is, as soon as it was brought to the league’s attention what had happened, they should have thrown out the test, regardless of whether they “thought” the test was still valid or not.

    I’m not particularly a fan of Richard Sherman’s act, but right is right.

  25. kuya206 says: Dec 27, 2012 12:47 PM

    As a Seahawks fan, I’m happy that Sherman won.

    The whole process – drug-testing & appeals process needs to be addressed and resolved.

  26. fatcamper says: Dec 27, 2012 12:47 PM

    Congrats. I hope you don’t make the same mistake again.

    Your play warranted a Pro Bowl nod, but I’m glad you didn’t make it. You beat this on a technicality and I have a hard time believing it was the cup that was tainted and not your urine.

  27. richndc says: Dec 27, 2012 12:48 PM

    Makes perfect sense. Someone did not seal the second cup exactly the right way and in spilled some airborne contaminants that gave him a positive test for a banned substance. So glad to see the system working and this lovely young man’s career unaltered and the Seahawks benefitting from truth and fair play.

  28. easymoneyjr says: Dec 27, 2012 12:48 PM

    Where is all the Sherman haters now??! No one, I repeat, NO ONE wants to see this team in the postseason!

  29. burnttoast71854 says: Dec 27, 2012 12:50 PM

    Just asking but was it him or the other guy that got suspended that said he drank from someone else’s bottle or something like that. That’s why it was tainted. Cause if it was him, we’ll u should be suspended for cheating. Blaming ur teammates bottle is a weak excuse. Petey does know how to bend the rules or tell his players how to get away with rule bending. If u ain’t cheating U ain’t trying right Seahawks fans. That’s ur coaches motto & obvious ur CB motto. Seahawks fans always blaming the refs or league if it goes against them, but not if it goes for them.

  30. dirtybird70 says: Dec 27, 2012 12:51 PM

    Nobody can cheat the system better than Petie Carrol.

  31. Dusty Grey says: Dec 27, 2012 12:51 PM

    If Sherman’s story is true (that the collection process was compromised), than this is the correct/smart move for the NFL. Suspending Sherman would have put the legitimacy of the leagues PED process into question at a time when the league is already dealing with a credibility issue stemming from the overturned Bountygate suspensions.

  32. tiger7575 says: Dec 27, 2012 12:53 PM

    Why do all these strange situations happen to Peter the Cheater? Just seems like he was born under an unlucky star.

  33. periferal26 says: Dec 27, 2012 12:53 PM

    Seahawk fan here.

    Really happy if this is true, and based on what I read, the tester probably did some faulty things in taking Sherman’s specimen sample.

    That said…

    How come no one is asking Sherman the most obvious question:

    “OK Richard…The tester may have made a mistake, but did you ever take Adderall?”

    I mean is Sherman saying that the first cup was leaking so they put a second cup beneath it and in that cup was Adderall? I guess there are just cups of Adderall sitting around in specimen rooms across NFL testing facilities?

    Short of that, then the NFL framed Sherman and I have a hard time believing that.

  34. ad296 says: Dec 27, 2012 12:57 PM

    If you win a case on a technicality… you’re still guilty, you just got away with it. If im not mistaken he tested positive for Aderrall which is definitely a game day performance enhancing drug. Anybody that thinks he should be in the pro bowl is supporting a cheater. Shame on you

  35. scoobaj says: Dec 27, 2012 12:57 PM

    this whole Sherm/Browner fiasco worked out perfectly for the hawks. they have to be the favorites in the NFC now

  36. bratbeach says: Dec 27, 2012 12:58 PM

    No one, I repeat, NO ONE wants to see this team in the postseason!
    —-

    Not on topic but these type of comments always crack me up. Every year people pull this card with a couple of teams. “Oh no one wants to see them in the playoffs” as if all the other playoff teams are sitting around scared. Please.

  37. footballfan says: Dec 27, 2012 12:58 PM

    I think is funny how people are complaining that he used a technicality to get out of the suspension. Just because you are trying to enforce certain rules does not give you the right to break the rules!!! The NFL was right to not allow a possibly tainted sample to be used.

  38. donnymacjack says: Dec 27, 2012 12:58 PM

    @metalhead65

    Whatever happened to “Innocent until proven guilty”? Would you really want to live in a country where it is “guilty until proven innocent”?

    Regardless of whether you personally like (or believe) the guy, isn’t it a better place when we live by the basic rights and laws our entire country were founded on? Wouldn’t you rather a few “got away” with it, than a few innocent were “put away” unjustly? Think Brian Banks for a moment.

  39. discountdoublecheck says: Dec 27, 2012 12:59 PM

    killface4prez says:Dec 27, 2012 12:46 PM

    I will check back periodically waiting for a seahawks fan to explain to me why Ryan Braun was the worst person on the face of the earth for getting off on the same technicality 8 months ago, but “justice has been served” for Sherman.
    ==================================

    And I will wait just as patiently waiting for proof from you that Hawks fans lambasted Braun for his supposed transgressions.

    Aren’t generalizations fun?

  40. kenorv says: Dec 27, 2012 12:59 PM

    Not the news that Dallas fans or Washington fans wanted to hear. The winner of that Dallas/Washington game will most likely face Seattle in the wild card game which means that Sherman will be on either Dez if it’s Dallas or Garcon if it’s Washington. And Browner will be back to cover the other side. Seattle will be in great shape now to win that wild card game and I would be surprised if they weren’t favored even though they’ll be the road team.

  41. coolzog says: Dec 27, 2012 12:59 PM

    I just hope the guy gets tested 4x/week from now on so we can be sure that his excuse of using someone else’s Adderall-tainted water bottle was actually true (lol).

  42. cliffordc05 says: Dec 27, 2012 12:59 PM

    What the hell does this have to do with Pete Carroll?

    I agree with Dusty Grey: if Sherman’s version of events is correct then this sends a message to other NFL players that the system is fair. The technician collecting the sample should have immediately required a second sample when he was informed the first container was broken.

  43. ipitydafu says: Dec 27, 2012 1:00 PM

    This stinks of Mara. If either Dallas or Washington wins Seattle will play them at their home. Mara obviously wants to give the Hawks the best opportunity to knock out either rival in the first round.

  44. ticklemepickle77 says: Dec 27, 2012 1:00 PM

    These guys are going to be scary in the post season. Sherman is the best CB in the league.

  45. eyeh8goodell says: Dec 27, 2012 1:01 PM

    Notice he wasn’t cleared based on the contents of his urine, but rather, on a custody chain technicality. So no, this does not exonerate him.

    But it’ll be fun watching Seahawks fans going back to the old standby of blaming the officials when they lose in the playoffs. It’ll be excuses from here to eternity.

  46. theawesomersfranchise says: Dec 27, 2012 1:02 PM

    I’ll say it again

    Plastic Cups were invented in 1964

  47. godofwine330 says: Dec 27, 2012 1:03 PM

    Nicely played by him and Browner. Browner will be back for the playoffs (playoffs?) and Sherman won’t have to miss any games. Losing both of them would have been damning to their playoff chances. Now, at full strength NOBODY wants to see Seattle in the playoffs.

    Sad that he got played on the Pro-Bowl voting. I voted for him in all of my 7 ballots. He is one of the best corners in the NFL, not just the NFC.

  48. ac540 says: Dec 27, 2012 1:03 PM

    Argument about breaks in the chain of custody are the loopholes that the guilty use to get out of bad behavior.

  49. skoobyfl says: Dec 27, 2012 1:03 PM

    Champion Seahawks ?? Somebody get me Shaky Finch.

  50. nothimagain says: Dec 27, 2012 1:04 PM

    For all of those whining about a technicality please do the rest of us a favor and never use it as a defense should you ever be on the wrong end of a legal error by a law enforcement officer and or a prosecuting attorney.

  51. andyreidisthegoat says: Dec 27, 2012 1:04 PM

    Come on Joshy. Leave up the posts.

  52. frenchy121212 says: Dec 27, 2012 1:05 PM

    Dec 27, 2012 12:47 PM
    Congrats. I hope you don’t make the same mistake again.

    Deliberately cheating is not a mistake. He lucked out on this one.

  53. beastmode5150 says: Dec 27, 2012 1:06 PM

    Periferal, he said he would take a lie detector too.

  54. blackfootkiller says: Dec 27, 2012 1:06 PM

    Ha Ha Ha…Wow!

    Go Hawks!

  55. qdog112 says: Dec 27, 2012 1:08 PM

    Wait, I thought it was football players who had the reputation of being dense. Some of you guys are just dumb. Chain of custody is important in any kind of evidence. When add to it the fact the evidence is a chemical that can be contaminated by contact from any outside source, it has to be sealed and accounted for 24/7.

    It’s not only fair – it’s common sense.

  56. weekendatberniemadoffs says: Dec 27, 2012 1:08 PM

    Seahawks will be one and done.

  57. johnschab says: Dec 27, 2012 1:08 PM

    Seahawks are the best team in the league right now and are for sure a superbowl team thanks to sherm

  58. elks84 says: Dec 27, 2012 1:09 PM

    No one really knows whether he’s guilty or innocent. In the minds of the people overturning his suspension, there’s enough reasonable doubt to not be completely certain that he failed the test. They’re not saying he’s innocent. They’re not saying he’s guilty. No one commenting here knows it either.

  59. howiehandles says: Dec 27, 2012 1:09 PM

    Doesn’t mean that he wasn’t using, but also doesn’t he that he was using. All it means is that the lawyer hired by him, the union, or the team, proved that the process in this instance, was compromised. Not necessarily innocent, but not guilty. There is a difference.

  60. seahawkbias says: Dec 27, 2012 1:10 PM

    If he broke the cup in front of the tester (super stupid suggestion from the Bay Area) then a competent tester would have noted that and immediately gathered a replacement clean sample.

    The cup was broken by the tester by mistake and then the sample was transferred to an unsealed cup in direct violation of the bargaining agreement.

    Same sympathy should be offered the tester that we give to an athlete that says they accidently rubbed illegal cream or ingested an PED “by mistake”. It just doesn’t matter in these cases.

    The tester is an idiot and Sherman would have won all his money back in civil court plus damages if the NFL had proceeded.

  61. CaJonMcChicken says: Dec 27, 2012 1:11 PM

    I wonder if he’s gonna sue the NFL to get on the pro bowl team next?

  62. jprcox says: Dec 27, 2012 1:15 PM

    Its a highly technical test – so “technically” winning a case to overturn shouldn’t be viewed as he is guilty regardless.

    People love to hate on Seattle right now since they are beating everyone up so badly, and we’ve beat NE, PACK, BEARS, and now SF – so a lot of hate.

    If you want to hate a winner, then hate all day on the Seahawks. Seattle is going a long way into the payoffs this year, but I think next year is our Superbowl year. We have very few key free agents over the next 2-3 YEARS! Everyone is in their 1st and 2nd year of 4 yr contract.

  63. kylexitron says: Dec 27, 2012 1:15 PM

    Great news for all NFL fans, we get to see the best CB and most exciting defensive player in the league for several more games this year.

  64. olympiacham says: Dec 27, 2012 1:16 PM

    Really? A technicality? I hope anyone claiming that’s why he got off never finds themselves guilty of something they didn’t do.
    It is what it is. We fans only know about this because of a league leak. Haha

  65. bhuettl says: Dec 27, 2012 1:16 PM

    I can think of about 53 people who want to see Peeatle in the playoffs and they all reside in Green Bay.

  66. 88ibis says: Dec 27, 2012 1:16 PM

    The NFL, and all other sports for that matter, have got to be flawless in their testing processes. They can’t allow these kinds of mistakes to happen. If it’s true that the technician violated protocol, then the test should have stopped then and there and restarted from the beginning at a later time.

    I’m a big NFL fan and a bigger Seahawks fan, but I want to root for players who are playing clean.

  67. thetokyosandblaster says: Dec 27, 2012 1:17 PM

    Nice. I guess everyone should just. Cheat. Apparently it’s legal now.

  68. skinsrock says: Dec 27, 2012 1:17 PM

    Where is all the Sherman haters now??! No one, I repeat, NO ONE wants to see this team in the postseason!
    ___________________

    Redskins Fan here… Yeah, we would love to play the Seahawks next Saturday or Sunday… Hail!

  69. sweetnlow44 says: Dec 27, 2012 1:17 PM

    “Hawk’s fans can cheer the decision because “their player” gets to play but I bet not a one of them would allow Sherman to be a mentor to their child….hyprocisy at it’s best.”

    Sherman is a Stanford grad and one of the best corners in the league. Never had any legal problems and is a stand up guy. I would love to have him mentor my child.

  70. kylexitron says: Dec 27, 2012 1:19 PM

    It doesn’t really matter if he took anything if the test was conducted improperly. that’s the problem. If the test was negligent, there’s no way of knowing if he IS or ISN’T guilty, because if one part of a very simple collection process was illegitimate, who knows what other irresponsible things happened along the way?

    To condemn him and call him a cheater despite being cleared is ridiculous, since the truth isn’t available due to a corrupt sample.

    Luckily in america we err on the side of innocent until proven guilty and in this case if your urine test is contaminated, you’re not guilty anymore.

  71. newkirk850 says: Dec 27, 2012 1:21 PM

    Obviously we have some IGNORANT fools on here. Pete Carroll did not administer the test, the league did. Get your heads out of your butts.

  72. dukemarc says: Dec 27, 2012 1:23 PM

    Somewhere Ryan Braun is smiling….while getting a steroid injection in his heinie.

  73. FinFan68 says: Dec 27, 2012 1:23 PM

    Do the players not have to sign/initial that the seal is in tact at the time the specimen is obtained? Where did the claim that the seal was broken come from–Sherman or the testing lab? If it is the lab then the sample should not have been tested to begin with. If it was from Sherman himself, then he should have requested a new seal be placed at the time. Neither version shows that he is “innocent”–just that the test validity couldn’t be proven, or the NFL simply didn’t want to add fuel to a PR fire and dropped the case.

  74. hrmlss says: Dec 27, 2012 1:25 PM

    So, if you know it’s positive, summon your ‘roid rage, crack the cup as you pee, and get off on a technicality. Gonna have to get titanium cups now for these guys.

  75. seahawksbmx says: Dec 27, 2012 1:27 PM

    He probably broke the cup knowing he was going to test positive…
    __________
    Had to give you a Thumbs Down for that, but I will admit I laughed.

    This is great news. ‘Hawks All-World secondary intact for the post-season.

  76. timcast12 says: Dec 27, 2012 1:27 PM

    GREEN BAY!!!!!! :)

  77. 25cuts says: Dec 27, 2012 1:27 PM

    C’mon lol really? BS

  78. vdogg says: Dec 27, 2012 1:27 PM

    Guilty or not….who the hell are the clowns collecting these samples? Has anyone turned the focus on them? This obviously is not the first time someone has screwed this up so how about getting someone competent enough to do this?!?

  79. firstvictory says: Dec 27, 2012 1:29 PM

    Cue all the “got off on a technicality” nonsense.

    Tainted samples are not a “technicality”. The procedures are put in place for a reason. If you’re going to besmirch someone’s reputation by accusing them of cheating, you better be darned sure you got it right.

    That means no variation from accepted procedure, ever.

    The fact is, as soon as it was brought to the league’s attention what had happened, they should have thrown out the test, regardless of whether they “thought” the test was still valid or not.

    I’m not particularly a fan of Richard Sherman’s act, but right is right.

    ________________________________________________

    Well said. I’ve added besmirch to my lexicon.

  80. bestcoast7 says: Dec 27, 2012 1:30 PM

    “Nobody wants to see Seattle in the playoffs”

    My goodness, win a few games impressively and now you’re unbeatable? Does anyone outside of Seattle actually think your team will win 3 straight road games to make the Super Bowl?

    How many Super Bowls do you have again? Oh that’s right.

  81. CP says: Dec 27, 2012 1:30 PM

    Some of you folks are ridiculous! I work at a testing lab, and you all would be suprised at what can trigger a positive test. These test are extremely sensitive, and any factor that can affect test must be minimized, therefore that is why you have strict rules regarding collection, custody, and transportation of the samples. This is not a technicality it’s a rule that must be followed to protect the integrity of the sample. Amazing how some folks are so willing to give up their rights.

  82. steelerben says: Dec 27, 2012 1:30 PM

    A mistake in the chain of custody is enough to clear someone of murder, so it should be enough to clear them of a suspension for PED. It does not mean that he never cheated any more than it is definite proof that he did. The suspension shouldn’t have ever been made public until it was to be served. Cases that go to appeal are not to be made public for just this reason.

    And with Browner eating his suspension, does that make Sherman’s claim of someone else tainting his sample with their Adderall laced water bottle more or less reasonable?

  83. gerard33 says: Dec 27, 2012 1:31 PM

    The 2012-13 Seahawks remind me of baseball in the 90s… trust your eyes people. These guys are flying around all hopped up on adderall! 3 failed PED tests in the secondary already. You see the way they play? This D zips around at superhuman speeds.

    Use your brain people, don’t be a 90s baseball fan. I believe the Seahawks are using uppers on game day, and it’s working.

  84. thingamajig says: Dec 27, 2012 1:31 PM

    For his next test the NFL will be using a stainless steel cup.

  85. smstonerock says: Dec 27, 2012 1:31 PM

    Ok so the freakin cup had a leak. And then the second cup had a leak. Why are they using a bunch of broken cups? And OK Richard, so their also just happened to be some aderrall chillin on the side of the cup that got into your urine sample?

  86. bearsman says: Dec 27, 2012 1:36 PM

    Don’t hate on Pete Carrol… Hmmmm,
    Shouldn’t the suspension that USC got hit with with also affect him
    I say make him suspended in the NFL for getting USC in trouble and leaving for the NFL. Shouldn’t that be fair.

  87. shlort says: Dec 27, 2012 1:37 PM

    Someone else said something on this a short while back.

    If this is going to be the new way around the same rules, why not let any player take PEDs. I mean, if the NFL cant get a suspension to stick half the time, then why not shoot them all up with steroids and let them use cocaine on game day? Instead of having people hired by the NFL to get samples, have the NFL hire on people to administer safe doses of PEDs to players. Just sayin.

  88. thebandit27 says: Dec 27, 2012 1:38 PM

    I hope he didn’t cheat, given that he’s had such a great season (save for the lesson he took from Stevie Johnson in Toronto) it would be a shame to tarnish it.

    Looks like he’s off the hook for now though.

  89. xplicitpits says: Dec 27, 2012 1:39 PM

    Well would if the broken cup was the same one used for Browner? They were taken the sameday & Browner took his suspension! Cry haters! Cry! Seattle Seahawks!

  90. oreo51 says: Dec 27, 2012 1:40 PM

    Sherman doesn’t need any PED to improve his performance. He is the best CB in the league and his play against the 49ers leaves no doubt.

  91. JackAcid says: Dec 27, 2012 1:40 PM

    easymoneyjr says:
    Dec 27, 2012 12:48 PM
    Where is all the Sherman haters now??! No one, I repeat, NO ONE wants to see this team in the postseason!

    ————————–

    LOL, wrong. No team fears Seattle outside of Seattle. Only the horror shows like AZ and Buffalo.

    Green Bay, Atlanta and even yes, SF, will love to see you in January.

  92. smstonerock says: Dec 27, 2012 1:42 PM

    easymoneyjr says:

    Where is all the Sherman haters now??! No one, I repeat, NO ONE wants to see this team in the postseason!

    ____________________________________

    Sherman hater here. He still cheated. Aderrall doesn’t just magically appear in a urine sample, broken cup or not. Come on people, use your brain, common sense, not that hard.

    And I would rather see the Seahawks than the Niners, Packers, Falcons, Texans, Broncos, Patriots, Ravens.

  93. gizzmonic says: Dec 27, 2012 1:46 PM

    Karma will step up and make this right. Will it be the left or right acl?

  94. themackstrong says: Dec 27, 2012 1:48 PM

    Sherman, when he stuck it out. I thought he had a chance to win. Playoffs with both our star CBs. Go Hawks!

  95. eatitfanboy says: Dec 27, 2012 1:48 PM

    ac540 says:
    Dec 27, 2012 1:03 PM
    Argument about breaks in the chain of custody are the loopholes that the guilty use to get out of bad behavior.
    ========

    Why have a chain of custody if it doesn’t need to be followed?

  96. orivar says: Dec 27, 2012 1:49 PM

    “For his next test the NFL will be using a stainless steel cup.”
    —————————————————-
    Watch it end up having rust in it.

  97. pkrlvr says: Dec 27, 2012 2:00 PM

    There’s something really creepy about this guy thanking the lord that he got off when he was obviously lying. If you believe in god, then you gotta believe he knows your full of crap. Doesn’t work both ways.

  98. flr29 says: Dec 27, 2012 2:04 PM

    if you did not use you will not test positive!

    —————————————–

    Unless the test was faulty.

    The NFL, which does not readily admit wrongdoing, and had no obligation to admit it here, voided the suspension. And people are still assuming Sherman is guilty. Sad.

    Stay off the bandwagon, haters.

    Bring on RG3, then the crybabies in GB, and then SF again.

    We’re 3-1 against current playoff teams. It may possibly be 4-1, or 5-1, depending on if Minn and/or Dallas get in.

  99. seahawksteven777 says: Dec 27, 2012 2:11 PM

    gerard33:
    “The 2012-13 Seahawks remind me of baseball in the 90s… trust your eyes people. These guys are flying around all hopped up on adderall! 3 failed PED tests in the secondary already. You see the way they play? This D zips around at superhuman speeds.

    Use your brain people, don’t be a 90s baseball fan. I believe the Seahawks are using uppers on game day, and it’s working.”

    Based on your comments, it’s clear that you don’t use your brain. Great way to contradict yourself.

  100. uschawk says: Dec 27, 2012 2:12 PM

    He always maintained his innocence and said he wasn’t worried and he was proven to be correct.

    So you know maybe he was just innocent. I know it blows your mind because everyone on here wants to hate everybody.

  101. nflfollower says: Dec 27, 2012 2:16 PM

    Aaaah, now I understand. It’s that darn Seattle air and all the PED’s floating in it. Once the seal was broken and the sample transferred to a different cup which was subsequently sealed, it was too late. Already infiltrated, chock-full of PED’s at that point. Makes perfect sense, he must be completely innocent. Good to know.

    So what exactly does this absolve him from, other than a 4 game suspension?

  102. uschawk says: Dec 27, 2012 2:26 PM

    bearsman says: Dec 27, 2012 1:36 PM

    Don’t hate on Pete Carrol… Hmmmm,
    Shouldn’t the suspension that USC got hit with with also affect him
    I say make him suspended in the NFL for getting USC in trouble and leaving for the NFL. Shouldn’t that be fair.

    Obviously you think this because you are ignorant. Pete didn’t get a show cause penalty from the NCAA and did nothing wrong with USC. He could get a college job tomorrow and the NCAA wouldn’t say a damn thing. He wasn’t mentioned once in the sanctions for USC so yeah you should know what you are talking about or just continue to be an ignorant hater.

  103. uschawk says: Dec 27, 2012 2:27 PM

    If anyone should be suspended for getting USC in trouble it should be Reggie Bush but don’t let the facts get in the way of your ignorance.

  104. 12manfanatic says: Dec 27, 2012 2:29 PM

    And the Christmas gifts keep on coming :)
    Thank you Seahawk Santa!!
    Go Hawks!!!

  105. dukemarc says: Dec 27, 2012 2:38 PM

    What’s the Hawks road record this year?

  106. nycheesehead420 says: Dec 27, 2012 2:46 PM

    I hope we cross paths with the Hawks in playoffs. Revenge will be oh so sweet. You lunatics and your false sense of bravado is hysterical. No doubt your team is much improved but you will be pimp slapped out of the playoffs…i just hope my soon to be 5 time SB champion, 14 time world champion Green Bay Packers get to knock you out of the playoffs yet again…

  107. screechdaddy says: Dec 27, 2012 3:21 PM

    Who else thinks that, to a man, everyone here who ignores the chain of custody rule and cries ‘guilty’ anyway are the same guys who never wash their hands after they pee?

  108. bingobrown12 says: Dec 27, 2012 3:23 PM

    foxdizzzl says: Dec 27, 2012 12:32 PM

    Watch out. Seahawks are primed to make a run to the Super Bowl.

    ———————————————————]
    Not unless they play it in Seattle.

  109. badintent says: Dec 27, 2012 3:29 PM

    Dree Brees wants an explanation…………..again

  110. killface4prez says: Dec 27, 2012 3:37 PM

    discountdoublecheck says: Dec 27, 2012 12:59 PM

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

    And I will wait just as patiently waiting for proof from you that Hawks fans lambasted Braun for his supposed transgressions.

    Aren’t generalizations fun?

    Oh, you’re right. Seeing as how, with the possible exception of Brewers fans and BFF Aaron Rodgers, everyone in the entire nation believed Braun was guilty, and there was wailing and gnashing of teeth from every corner of the intertubes, I suppose it was quite a stretch of me to assume that any of those everyones were seahawks fans. My apologies.

  111. aintasinner says: Dec 27, 2012 3:52 PM

    Do we see a pattern here? The NFL accuses a player of doing something, the player appeals, the original punishment is overturned because of shoddy investigations done by the NFL. Happened to the Saints and now Sherman of the Seahawks. Only this time Goodell didn’t dig in his stubborn heels and refuse to overturn his appeal. Good for Sherman for challenging his suspension. If players continue to challenge the dictator, maybe the NFL will get its act together and quit jumping to conclusions until it has fully investigated charges against its players.

  112. fuaholes says: Dec 27, 2012 3:57 PM

    Richard Sherman is probably the most annoying player in the NFL, along with Petesy Carroll and the pathetic Seahwk fans. Kepp dreaming about a SB championship cuz it aint happining.

    Fools.

  113. easymoneyjr says: Dec 27, 2012 4:12 PM

    “Green Bay, Atlanta and even yes, SF, will love to see you in January.”

    -See, thats what is funny. Two of the three you listed already have seen Seattle and we know how that went for them. And Atlanta? No one is nervous about playing them, especially with the best CB locking down either Jones or White.

    “And I would rather see the Seahawks than the Niners, Packers, Falcons, Texans, Broncos, Patriots, Ravens.”

    -Ask Rodgers, Brady, Kaep, Romo, Cam, Cutler how it worked out “seeing” us. Forget the 150 points in our last 3 games, let’s just focus on the 42 we hung on the Niners, the leagues “best” defense and top ranked team on Prime Time TV.

    I guess we’ll see come playoff time. My prediction is an easy ROAD win at Dallas or Wash and we’ll go from there!

  114. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Dec 27, 2012 4:22 PM

    I don’t understand why people give themselves nicknames

  115. footballfan1976 says: Dec 27, 2012 4:33 PM

    Hey Packers fans, you’re welcome for beating the 9ers team that you failed to beat. Ask your WR if they are looking forward to playing our secondary or if they would rather play another team??? Have Finley give Davis a call and have him explain the hit Kam put on him!

    Go Hawks!

  116. eyeh8goodell says: Dec 27, 2012 5:31 PM

    @jprcox

    People love to hate on Seattle right now since they are beating everyone up so badly, and we’ve beat NE, PACK, BEARS, and now SF – so a lot of hate.

    ———————

    Seattle didn’t beat the Pack. That game is why we no longer have replacement officials on the field. Seattle’s “win” over the Pack was the national embarrassment it took to have Goodell and the owners swallow their pride and cave to the Refs union. Not one single person in this nation outside of Seattle believes that the packers lost that game. Hell, probably most people in Seattle don’t even buy it either.

  117. trollaikman8 says: Dec 27, 2012 5:33 PM

    He went on to say that he won because he was extremely focused, staying up late and even outlasting his lawyers/agents in coming up with an appeal strategy. Almost like in that movie Limitless. He then collapsed.

  118. beastmode5150 says: Dec 27, 2012 5:42 PM

    eyeh8goodell says:
    Dec 27, 2012 5:31 PM
    @jprcox

    People love to hate on Seattle right now since they are beating everyone up so badly, and we’ve beat NE, PACK, BEARS, and now SF – so a lot of hate.

    ———————

    Seattle didn’t beat the Pack. That game is why we no longer have replacement officials on the field. Seattle’s “win” over the Pack was the national embarrassment it took to have Goodell and the owners swallow their pride and cave to the Refs union. Not one single person in this nation outside of Seattle believes that the packers lost that game. Hell, probably most people in Seattle don’t even buy it either.
    ———————————————————
    You obviously didnt watch the game, just the last play. If you would have watched the whole game, you would have known (if non biased) that there were bad calls that benefitted Green Bay, especially on their last “TD” drive where they were bailed out by a phantom P.I. that never should have been called, allowing them to convert a third and long. That last Hail Mary should have never even had to happen. Green Bay should have focused on not getting sacked 9 times.

  119. redandgoldhitman52 says: Dec 27, 2012 5:45 PM

    he paid a nice fee to get off. must be nice having that kind of money.

  120. thetokyosandblaster says: Dec 27, 2012 5:46 PM

    The Packers will welcome the 3-5 road Seahawks with open arms. They beat them once already, and they’ve only gotten better.

  121. jprcox says: Dec 27, 2012 5:48 PM

    eyeh8goodell:

    The W goes to Seattle. The NFL ruled the call was correctly made, OTHER than the potential PI on Tate. Yet, you can’t rightly say that PI counts when everyone agrees GB was gifted a PI on the previous drive they needed to pull ahead.

    Calls went back and forth – part of the game. Seattle won and really kept GB in check all game.

  122. beastmode5150 says: Dec 27, 2012 5:53 PM

    thetokyosandblaster says:
    Dec 27, 2012 5:46 PM
    The Packers will welcome the 3-5 road Seahawks with open arms. They beat them once already, and they’ve only gotten better.

    Seattle hasn’t? Man, i want to play GB SOOOOOOO BADLY in GB. Hawks will win again, as scary as Ryan Grant is (sarcasm)

  123. nflfollower says: Dec 27, 2012 6:11 PM

    nycheesehead—-being a packer fan, you must know what it’s like to be pimp-slapped out of the playoffs. That game at Lambeau last year was a first class pimp-slapping if I’ve ever seen one.

  124. eyeh8goodell says: Dec 27, 2012 6:20 PM

    @jprcox and beastmode

    Whatever helps you sleep at night. Funny how you’ll talk about bad calls going both ways but i’ll bet you’ve claimed up and down for years that Seattle lost the Super Bowl because of officiating……a game in which the bad calls also went both ways.

  125. juliusanonymous says: Dec 27, 2012 6:25 PM

    I can’t wait to watch Seattle destroy the Packers in Lambeau in the playoffs.

    Seattle is a very balanced team right now, and dominating on both sides of the ball. The last 3 weeks, their defense is stifling every offense they face, while the offense scores so easily that a nation full of whiners cry about poor sportmanship. It hasn’t even been close.

    Green Bay lacks balance. Yes, they have a great passing game. But their offensive line looks soft and will be picked on again by the Seattle pass rush. And you can’t honestly believe their defense is so much better than Chicago or San Francisco. Because they’re not even close.

    Right now, Seattle would destroy Green Bay. On the road or at home. The Seahawks are a young physical team built to punch you in the mouth repeatedly. They aren’t afraid of anyone. Swagger, confidence and brutal intimidation. This team is going to Louisiana and that weak Packer team definitely ain’t stoppin us. Y’all look out!!

  126. dukeearl says: Dec 27, 2012 6:48 PM

    eyeh8goodell,
    Not that I really care because it is over and done. One of the officials admitted several bad calls in the Superbowl game between the hawks and the steelers.

  127. footballfan1976 says: Dec 27, 2012 6:59 PM

    Seahawks won’t play the Packers again this year because it would be in the NFC Finals and the Pack won’t make it. Face the facts. Their defense is poor and so is the running game. What happens when they play the 9ers in second round? The same thing as the first time. They will lose again.

  128. eyeh8goodell says: Dec 27, 2012 8:44 PM

    @duke

    He admitted to 2 bad calls in the 4th quarter, neither of which impacted the final result (one of which was the low block call on Hasselbeck immediately after throwing an INT……either way Steelers ball). He didn’t admit to anything that impacted a scoring play, not the push off in the 1st or the goal line Ben TD.

  129. wilcokgiants says: Dec 27, 2012 9:30 PM

    Good job NFL!!! Way to go Sherm!!! I’m a Giants fan–rooting for Hawks if we don’t make playoffs!!!!

  130. kh693 says: Dec 27, 2012 11:11 PM

    Maybe the NFL should invest in plastic cups that don’t produce aderrall when they break. And to think I thought the guy was cheating, huh, I must be very naive.

  131. orivar says: Dec 27, 2012 11:28 PM

    There’s no surprise that idiot fans are going to call him a cheater and say he got off on a technicality when sample collection is technical to begin with. Those are the rules behind it, if contaminated it is considered null.

    Then again some of them are the same people that still say Ray Lewis stabbed the guy.

  132. hawker75 says: Dec 28, 2012 4:58 AM

    The NFL’s drug testing system does not work anyway. I’m surprised he was even suspected of taking a performance enhancing drug in the first place. Have you looked at the blotter that is posted by this site? Count how many players that have been picked up for possession of marijuana. If their are that many that have been caught by local law enforcement agencies just for possesion (which is actually using it), I would venture to say that their are a whole lot more players that are using the drug and just have not been caught. I guarantee that any given month you could catch 50 players testing positive for marijuana if they actually wanted to. I know someone is going to say that the NFL doest test for this. The tests are not effective obviously. Take a look at the blotter. These are the people we looked up to as kids and our kids look up to right now.

  133. beastmode5150 says: Dec 28, 2012 9:31 AM

    Everyone misses the fact that nobody should have even know anybody this, it was leaked (no pun intended) by a source. Thousands of guys get tested and we never hear a word.

  134. txnative61 says: Dec 28, 2012 3:45 PM

    We are only having this discussion because someone with inside knowledge of the suspension violated rules against disclosure and caused Sherman’s character to be defamed prematurely and linking him forever in the public mind with drug use. The collector was incompetent to break the first container, then transfer the sample to an unsealed container that was possibly used previously and contaminated. He then falsified his report to omit his mistake and the break in custody that would have invalidated that test immediately while another sample could have been taken. Sherman says this collector has had other tests invalidated and his job was on the line. If the league is so cheap they can’t pay competent testers, can’t they at least save some money and show some decency by just dropping the suspension when the irregularities were discovered? Maybe spend it finding out who disclosed his name to start with. Truth is we don’t know how many other bad tests there were because they weren’t disclosed like Sherman’s was.

  135. juliusanonymous says: Dec 28, 2012 8:16 PM

    Legion of Boom in FULL effect!!

    The NFL is on red alert.

  136. FinFan68 says: Dec 29, 2012 9:20 AM

    The collector was incompetent to break the first container, then transfer the sample to an unsealed container that was possibly used previously and contaminated.
    “““““““`
    Wow. No company reuses urinalysis specimen jars and they are only “sealed” in front of (or by) the person giving the sample. That’s a weak argument for why his sample tested positive. The truth is likely that he used whatever drug showed up in his test but the idiot tester improperly documented the bad cup. That is an administrative technicality, not an exoneration. If the tester would have simply documented the first cup was broken and the sample transferred, Sherman would have most likely lost his appeal.

  137. infectorman says: Dec 29, 2012 11:35 AM

    Some of these Seattle fans….Wow!

    You’ve managed to become more obnoxious than even good ole’ Mr. “Steelershave6titleswithnumber7onthewaywerethebestandnooneelsematters”!

    Fella’s, simmer down, the GD playoffs ain’t even started yet.
    Plus your Hawks are a dichotomous team: Great at home. On the road? Another story altogether

    Sheeesh

  138. dukeearl says: Dec 30, 2012 11:15 AM

    infectorman,
    Look at the way the season has gone for the Seahawks, they started winning games on the road at the end of the regular season.
    That is a sign of a young team getting to know each others capabilities.
    RW, only had the full playbook open the last 4 games of the season.
    Don’t concentrate too hard on the road record.
    It has nothing to do with the way the Seahawks are currently playing.

  139. infectorman says: Dec 30, 2012 12:00 PM

    3-5 on the road.
    The one road win you could look at and say was quality was Chi, although the Bears had lost 2 of the last 3 leading up to that game and had been playing badly.
    The GB game was a joke, and you all should know that. The NE win was by a C-hair and only happened because NE’s secondary was playing so badly at the time.

    Drastically improved team no doubt.
    Hats off to PC, the Defense, Wilson and Lynch, but playoffs are a much different story than playing AZ and St Louis 4 games of the year.

    Until they win a road playoff game, I’ll reserve judgement

  140. jtylert says: Dec 31, 2012 2:15 PM

    @infectorman

    St. Louis is a tweak and a half away from being a division title contender. Arizona started off the year 5-0 and had an insane defense most of the year. You can’t write off road losses early on to those two teams this year.

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