Sherman’s victory highlights Browner’s blunder

Reuters

On a Monday in September, Seahawks cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner both were asked to submit random urine samples.  Reportedly, both samples tested positive for amphetamines, the key ingredient in Adderall.

Sherman vowed to fight, reportedly via the facially-inconsistent contentions that:  (1) he consumed Adderall-tainted water from a teammate’s bottle; and (2) the sample-collection process was flawed.  Browner opted not to appeal, ensuring that the Seahawks would not endure a four-game stretch without both players.

Sherman now claims that he won.  Though the details remain unknown, the fact that Sherman apparently won’t be serving a four-game suspension suggests that Browner should have fought, too — especially if he believes that similar flaws in the collection process undermined the validity of his sample.

The Seahawks should be grateful that Browner took one for the team, and they should promptly consider giving him a new deal that replaces the $109,000 he lost via the suspension.

76 responses to “Sherman’s victory highlights Browner’s blunder

  1. Giant blunder for Browner, unless it was his water bottle. It is a big jump to assume that he took the suspension “for the team” as opposed to “because he deserved it and knew it”. And it would certainly be irresponsible to give him a deal replacing the money lost if he took the suspension because he deserved it.

  2. Flawed logic based upon cynicism.

    It completely discounts the possibility that Browner didn’t appeal because he knew he was guilty, and Sherman did appeal because he knew he wasn’t.

    Not saying that’s exactly what happened, but the fact that you discount it out of hand shows how much the trust level with pro athletes has deteriorated.

  3. Sherm can say whatever he wants. To the rest of the NFL universe, he’s just another Sosa/McGuire and has an eternal asterisk ala the Patriots. He’ll be running back to the stuff once Garcon embarrasses him in the playoffs.

  4. The Seahawks should be grateful that Browner took one for the team, and they should promptly consider giving him a new deal that replaces the $109,000 he lost via the suspension.
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    Yeah, reward the guy for using PED’s by giving him bonus money. Makes sense.

  5. Browner didn’t “blunder.” I assure you every Seahawks understands Browner thought about the team first and Sherman risked the team’s success being more concerned for himself. And I is insulting that Sherman acts like he was innocent.

  6. You can tell that this guy was on something. Sitting on the sidelines in the game against the Cardinals, he could not sit still for one moment. Classic signs and symptoms of being speeded up by something other than “the 12th man.”

  7. Seems pretty simple to me, it was Browner’s bottle of water that Sherman drank and therefore tested positive as well. Browner had to accept the punishment for Sherman’s story to hold up. They play the same position, it’s not crazy to think water bottles could have been mixed up at some point.

  8. Browner’s blunder how? If Sherman’s depiction is correct, the guy broke the tube his sample was in. Straightforward conclusion is that Browner’s wasn’t broken, so it stands.

  9. Just because the 2 tests happened at the same time, does not mean the exact same procedures were used in both instances. If Sherman’s cup was leaking and another cup was used inappropriately, that doesn’t say that Browner’s situation was the same. Two separate situations. However, the fact that Browner served the suspension and that Sherman continued to fight it, actually adds credibility to Sherman’s argument.

  10. Browner will get a new contract soon enough.

    Though I’m not sure if it will be with the Seahawks, some good, young depth behind him on that team(Lane, Maxwell, the oft-injured Thurmond)

  11. Not necessarily. Sherman won by saying that the collection process was bad (bad sample cup, into an unsealed cup). He did not win by saying “I didn’t have anything in my system. If Browners testing process was not flawed, there would have been no basis for a winning appeal. (Presumably).

    Regardless, as a ‘Hawks fan, I am relieved.

  12. Browner acted like a man and took that heat that came from his actions. These players are great without drugs that enhance performance. Browner saved a lot of face for accepting his punishment.

    Sherman is a great player and he has a reputation as a big mouth even among ardent Seahawks fans. And he has hurt his reputation more than Browner by dodging the heart of the matter, he dodged the question of whether or not he used PEDs. Instead he focused on a technicality and we all know how that worked out for OJ.

  13. Sherman denied reports he was going to claim he drank from another bottle. That wasn’t apart of his case.

    Quit perpetuating myths for the sake of controversy.

    Sherm’s a good guy.

  14. “especially if he believes that similar flaws in the collection process undermined the validity of his sample”

    Does he believe that though or is that just assumption? I’ve yet read anywhere that Browner has claimed his cup was cracked too. Maybe he accepted the penalty because he knew he had taken adderall? Just because Sherman’s test process was screwed up that day doesn’t mean every test was messed up.

  15. Here’s what obviously happened; Browner’s pee is opened and placed in the pee tester, and the cup is set aside. Sherman’s cup is leaking, so the minnimum wage tester places his cup into Browner’s empty cup, thereby contaminating Sherman’s sample. Investigators/reporters ask Sherman how he tested positive, he says “I don’t know, maybe I drank from his (Browner’s) water bottle.”

    Sherman is denied the Pro Bowl despite being the best corner in the game, by a wide margin. The only remaining chapter is to see if the league takes revenge by targeting both players for penalties in the playoffs.

  16. Doesn’t Browner’s admission by silence undermine the apparent invalidity of the test? So Sherman gets off on a technicality and Browner has “blunder[ed]” because he owned up to violating the policy?

    Seems inapposite of the purpose of the policy. Similar to the Ryan Braun situation in baseball last year, only this time, you have a player that has essentially admitted his guilt while another player did whatever necessary to beat a suspension.

    Perhaps the NFL should negotiate out the ability to challenge the test results, or otherwise improve their systems to be able to properly collect urine in a cup…

  17. I think Browner took the suspension now and Sherman decided to try and fight it because that way, if Sherman did lose, then when he went on the suspension, Browner would come back. As long as we had one of the two CBs, our backfield would be deadly. But now we have both. First, Redskins. Second, Green Bay. Third, NFC title. Finally, Superdome.

  18. Um,all the top qb’s who get busted are gettin busted for adderall- its not rocket science!! And gee I wonder which ‘teammates” bottle that was. One thing we know Carroll doesn’t mind getting competitive edges. And yes their D is having a slightly better year now than ours. I hope we play at the stick to go to the bowl!!

  19. What do you honestly believe are the chances that both of them would have received “allegedly defective” specimen cups?

  20. logicalvoicesays says:
    Dec 27, 2012 1:36 PM
    Sherm can say whatever he wants. To the rest of the NFL universe, he’s just another Sosa/McGuire and has an eternal asterisk ala the Patriots. He’ll be running back to the stuff once Garcon embarrasses him in the playoffs.
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    You mean when Garçon embarrasses himself by dropping every ball thrown his way?

  21. Dude’s not a cheat. What part of tainted sample do you trolls not understand?

    But that’s okay… don’t let the facts get in the way of your story.

    Here, have a cookie.

  22. Also remember that none of this should have been public until now. There’s a confidentiality with these sorts of things that is supposed to protect the players’ names as they go through the appeal process. He could still sue for that information being leaked and potentially having an effect on his reputation as a player.

    ie: everyone calling him a cheater from now on.

  23. logicalvoicesays says:Dec 27, 2012 1:36 PM

    Sherm can say whatever he wants. To the rest of the NFL universe, he’s just another Sosa/McGuire and has an eternal asterisk ala the Patriots. He’ll be running back to the stuff once Garcon embarrasses him in the playoffs.
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    IF Washington even makes the playoffs which I’m not sure if you’ve heard is no certainly, Sherm has faced and shut down far more talented guys than Garcon.

    How about you save the trash talk until your team actually qualifies.

  24. Browner probably didn’t have the luxury of claiming that a broken cup allowed magical fairy PED dust to contaminate the sample.

    The fact that Sherman has never explicitly said “I did not take Adderall during the season” raises red flags. He’s danced around the issue 100%.

    I really hope the NFL didn’t fall for the “I’m going to sue” line since this guy would have never taken the stand for fear of having to answer “the question” under oath.

  25. Hey, I’ve got a couple facially inconsistent assertions. Everyone that challenges the drug testing mechanism of the NFL is lying and Adrian Peterson come back from major knee surgery is strictly because of sheer will and determination.

  26. Sherman is lucky the Redskins are leading the NFC east. If that first playoff game was in New York you can bet that suspension would stick.

  27. So even if the seal WASN”T “intact” from the get-go, how does he explain the presence of the Adderall?

    Let me guess, someone at the drug testing company was trying to frame him, right?

    Right 😉

  28. Guarantee you they will be testing Sherman every opportunity they can get….it’s obvious he’s on something….and the next time they will hold the cup for him.

  29. dwoofer says:
    Dec 27, 2012 1:40 PM
    You can tell that this guy was on something. Sitting on the sidelines in the game against the Cardinals, he could not sit still for one moment. Classic signs and symptoms of being speeded up by something other than “the 12th man.”

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    He could have just been excited because he totally shut Fitz down. Or because his team was dominating like no other pro team has dominated another in decades…

  30. This is possibly the most cynically written story I’ve ever read. First off, the idea that Browner knew he was guilty and was willing to take his punishment isn’t even floated out as a possibility. Secondly, why would any team reimburse a guy who got suspended? As a thank you for taking PEDs and getting caught?

  31. This article may seem logical, but that is assuming so many things about this case we really don’t know.

    Its just as easy for me to think maybe Browner did take Adderal, and somehow his sample tainted Shermans – thereby Browner knew he was guilty, and Sherman really wasn’t.

    I guess we can play hypotheticals until we’re blue in the face – but only these guys know what happened, and the NFL suspended 1 of 2 players.

    This is a dead story here-on-out.

  32. Browner’s blunder? What if he would have lost the appeal had he chosen that route? Then they would be without him for 4 games starting now.

    Now they will have both Sherman and Browner for the playoffs. No blunder in my view, a big win for the Seahawks.

  33. hmm the old aderall in the water defense huh … i dont think you can drink water laced with medicine without tasting it … browner took the fall and sherman had the way out with browners admision of guilt …. pretty smart if you ask me .. i think sherman owes at least half of the lost paycheque and the seahawks the other half

  34. “He could have just been excited because he totally shut Fitz down. Or because his team was dominating like no other pro team has dominated another in decades…”

    Who hasn’t shut down the Az offense? Let’s see how he does if Fitz has an NFL qb as his passer.

  35. Technicalities are there for a reason. If one is going to accuse someone of doing something, they have to prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that the accused was guilty. The repercussions are too great otherwise. Loss of pay is very substantial, especially for Sherman who is in the 2nd year of a rookie 5th round pick contract. That’s like $90,000 a game that would be lost. I think $360,000 is worth ensuring that all of the rules are followed.The rules for specimen sampling are there to ensure that there are as-close-to-100%-accurate results as possible to ensure the truth comes out. They weren’t, so the sample is compromised. If you say anything else you are just a biased perspective who either hates the Seahawks or is just envious that Sherman handled this awkward situation better than any other player ever.

    Oh, and to the person who thinks that Garçon will embarrass Sherman in the playoffs… You have to get past Dallas first, and if you do, Garçon may just want to check himself onto the IR immediately after because he’s either going to blanketed by Sherman all day or laid the eff out by Bam-Bam-Kam Chancellor. Take your pick, Redskins. Go Hawks.

  36. @49erstim: Don’t worry…what goes around comes around. They will test him again..only this time they will hold the cup for him so he can’t break it and threaten to sue the NFL.

  37. It would be interesting to know how many other Seahawks have been taking this stuff to improve their play. If they are putting this stuff in their water bottles during games, and the other players on the team know it, it is logical to assume that its use on that team is wide spread.

  38. Proving the process is flawed is not vindication, it’s getting off on a technicality.

    He’s using some form of PED, if he wasn’t he wouldn’t have had a masking agent in his system.

  39. So… If a guy is suspended, costing him $109k in game checks, the team could re-structure his contract adding the lost money to the value?

  40. Sherman was innocent all along and I’m glad he fought the system. You can’t taint a sample with an unsterilized cup. Who knows how many other samples they screwed up. Browner is tested all the time from his days in Canada, now all of a sudden he tested positive for something. SMH. I’m glad it’s over. Lets play football and kick some butt. Go Hawks!

  41. So naive! That drug is not only popular in sports but popular in the social scene as well. It’s meant to help with an illness but college kids use it to KEEP THE PARTY GOING. And now players use it to become the 6 million dollar man. Or in Sherman’s case the multi million dollar man. Google the drug and read the stories then tell me how innocent he is. Apparently the only people who believe him are Seahawks fans. Oh the irony!!!

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