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Sherman says leak of his positive test will be “dealt with”

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Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman prevailed Thursday in what many believed was a no-win situation — persuading the NFL to scuttle the results of one of its drug tests.

Sherman’s next challenge will be even more difficult.

He said in the aftermath of the positive ruling that he plans to take action regarding the fact that news of his positive test was leaked to the media before the appeal process was concluded.  The league’s policy regarding steroids and related substances insists on confidentiality, enforced by a fine of up to $500,000.

“Oh, that’s going to be dealt with also,” Sherman said Thursday, via Curtis Crabtree of KJR.com.

But there really isn’t anything Sherman can do.  The letter explaining the ruling on his appeal points out that Sherman received notice of the positive test on November 12, and that he filed an appeal on November 17.  Eight days later, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that both Sherman and teammate Brandon Browner were facing four-game suspensions.

Without knowing who told Schefter, there’s no way of knowing whether anyone from the NFL or the Seahawks violated the policy.  Indeed, it’s possible that the leak came, knowingly or otherwise, from Sherman, Browner, or their agents/lawyers.

Regardless, the fact that the situation became public undoubtedly contributed to Sherman being omitted from the Pro Bowl roster.

If the policy had worked as it is intended, no one would have ever known that Sherman was facing a suspension.  Now, many will still believe that Sherman cheated, and that he escaped punishment via a technicality.

It’s not fair to Sherman that we know this, but we do.  Though we won’t bet against him if he’s truly determined to “deal with” the leak, it won’t nearly be as easy as what he pulled off when proving that a leaking cup of urine meant his suspension should be overturned.

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57 Responses to “Sherman says leak of his positive test will be “dealt with””
  1. flash1283 says: Dec 28, 2012 9:20 AM

    This is such a joke! He gets off on a stupid technicality.
    It was still in his system!

  2. smcgaels1997 says: Dec 28, 2012 9:26 AM

    Jesus shut up already Ryan Braun 2.0

  3. logicalvoicesays says: Dec 28, 2012 9:36 AM

    Pierre Garçon will have 200 yds and 2 TD’s on this guy in the playoff opener.

  4. joetoronto says: Dec 28, 2012 9:36 AM

    If there’s anybody out there that still likes this guy, you need to give your head a shake.

    My God man. SMH.

  5. washstnative says: Dec 28, 2012 9:46 AM

    flash1283 says: Dec 28, 2012 9:20 AM

    This is such a joke! He gets off on a stupid technicality.
    It was still in his system!

    _______
    You forgot to add “allegedly” to that statement. The pee cup handlers didn’t follow procedure and well, for all we know maybe someone slipped the pee cup handler a few bucks to make sure the specimum was tainted. Or maybe it was a larger conspiracy…

    Pure and simple another blown call- you know like the “Fail Mary”
    The NFL is for entertainment purposes only don’t lose sleep over it…

  6. peaceknuckle says: Dec 28, 2012 9:47 AM

    Nice, can we call this the Ryan Braun rule?

    Sherman seems like a stand-up person. Guy gets away with cheating on a technicality and he’s going to go after someone for leaking that he’s a cheater.

  7. zaggs says: Dec 28, 2012 9:55 AM

    He cheated, he got caught cheating and nothing in his appeal actually rules out that he cheated.

  8. pinion8ted says: Dec 28, 2012 9:57 AM

    Now, many will still believe that Sherman cheated, and that he escaped punishment via a technicality.
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    Yeah, um…. because that’s EXACTLY what happened.

  9. footballfan58 says: Dec 28, 2012 10:01 AM

    Does anyone else see a precendent being set here? Vilma was obviously involved in conduct detrimental to the league. He gets his suspension overturned and is sueing Roger. Now that Sherman’s suspension has been overturned, he’s going to sue? He didn’t deny using drugs but is indignant over the news leaking out? (no pun intended) These are the role models for the NFL? Not someone I’d want my kids learning anything from.

  10. madpunter88 says: Dec 28, 2012 10:01 AM

    It is not a technicality. Flaws in the testing process are no less a violation of due process as tainting evidence at a crime scene. One can believe one way or the other that he did or did not ingest a banned substance. But upholding his appeal is vindication that the results of the test are flawed and therefore prove nothing.

  11. mossnomore says: Dec 28, 2012 10:12 AM

    Lots of leaking going on in this saga.

  12. calicokiller49 says: Dec 28, 2012 10:13 AM

    Dude give it a rest, you won your appeal. You know you were taking the stuff, you got off…..this guy is the biggest clown in the league. Talking trash to Brady and Megatron…..c Mon man, these guys are the elites of the elite, you’re just pretty good. I think he’s just mad he got snubbed……serves him right, even Pete Carroll is probably like okay sherm, shut up about it……

  13. JaminJake says: Dec 28, 2012 10:16 AM

    peaceknuckle says:
    Dec 28, 2012 9:47 AM
    Nice, can we call this the Ryan Braun rule?

    Sherman seems like a stand-up person. Guy gets away with cheating on a technicality and he’s going to go after someone for leaking that he’s a cheater.

    _________________________

    You don’t get it. The NFL is obligated to follow the rules that THEY agreed to. Sherman very well could be a cheater, but you know damn well that if a Cop didn’t follow policy and procedure for a ticket they issued you, that you would cite the reasons you should have the ticket dismissed. I bet once players start to sue the league for failure to uphold their end of the bargain, these Sapp like releases will become less and less frequent.

  14. helloanybodyhome says: Dec 28, 2012 10:24 AM

    Now, many will still believe that Sherman cheated, and that he escaped punishment via a technicality.

    Only because he did.

  15. 88ibis says: Dec 28, 2012 10:46 AM

    Funny that he’s biting his tongue in that picture. He doesn’t seem like a guy who ever stops to think before speaking.

    mossnomore already said it above, but it still cracks me up: It was leaked that when he took a leak in a cup the cup leaked, which caused a leak in the nfl’s case against him.

  16. prospero63 says: Dec 28, 2012 10:54 AM

    I’m curious. I think Florio (and maybe other writers here) are/were lawyers. Would HIPAA requirements come into play and if so, is there a possible criminal element?

  17. eyeh8goodell says: Dec 28, 2012 11:01 AM

    Shut up, Sherman. You got lucky on a technicality. The contents of your urine weren’t exonerated. Be glad you threw a hail mary and connected. Thankfully, it won’t be your last test and you’ll be caught in the future.

    But I will give you props for rubbing Brady’s face in that loss.

  18. thejuddstir says: Dec 28, 2012 11:14 AM

    I will bet that Richard Sherman will be “dealt with” in due time. Players take PED’s to improve their performance. If Sherman gets off the junk, I suspect his performance will suffer and he will be dealt with……if he keeps taking the PED’s, you can bet there will be a team of testers waiting for him in the near future and he will once again….be dealt with, without any technicalities to allow him to escape punishment. I am a fan of several teams, one of them being the vikings. Several years ago I thought it was bullchit that the “Williams Wall” was attempting to do in their Starcaps case and that the situation should’ve never been allowed to so easily and quickly get into a court of law. There are murder cases that take years to see the inside of a courtroom but let an NFL player be punished and they get an injunction from a hometown judge in a matter of minutes. The players agreed with the current CBA and it should take a minimum of a year or more for their case to ever see the light of day in a courtroom. I know how homers see this when it involves a player from their favorite team but what they don’t realize is that the players have found a way to circumvent the CBA that is letting cheaters get away with cheating. I can only hope the NFL is working dilegently to close the loopholes and finally enforce the rules that the players themselves voted to abide by. Why do you rubes think the NFLPA is doing everything it can to ban testing of HGH? Because there are too damn many players who insist on cheating.

  19. jtmartinez34 says: Dec 28, 2012 11:16 AM

    Hope karma strikes this horse-mouthed jerk. You mad bro..ooohhh…

  20. mathomp3 says: Dec 28, 2012 11:18 AM

    You people are ridiculous. “Sherman never denied taking adderall” – um…yes he did, multiple times he has said that he has never taken adderall but ok it makes your post sound better. Also, you are all acting like this is the only drug test he has ever taken. Seriously, he has been tested multiple times including yesterday and passed them all. The only one that was an issue is the one with the obvious testing error. Hate on Sherman all you want because he runs his mouth but if he was on your team you would love it. Any why would you care that he is trash talking that fairy boy Brady? Its awesome.

  21. dragonfly99 says: Dec 28, 2012 11:27 AM

    Don’t worry, there will be more drug tests. I wonder what his excuse will be next time?

  22. blackfootkiller says: Dec 28, 2012 11:38 AM

    dragonfly99 says:
    Don’t worry, there will be more drug tests. I wonder what his excuse will be next time?

    Yeah, he’s only passed about 5 since this happened…
    He was tested YESTERDAY and passed…

    I’m surprised you didn’t know that Miss Cleo…
    Go Hawks!

  23. themackstrong says: Dec 28, 2012 11:51 AM

    So much Sherman hate but he doesn’t care neither do Seahawk fans. We have the best cover corner in the NFL and he is exciting on and off the field. It will be a battle between him and Revis for who is the top and the rest of the pack aren’t really that close. Go Hawks!

  24. manilovethepftcensors says: Dec 28, 2012 12:07 PM

    Hey themackstrong (pauses to laugh) Tillman is way better. And I’m not a Chicago fan.

  25. wimpyburgers says: Dec 28, 2012 12:22 PM

    I don’t understand how adderall is considered a PED.

    It affects the ability to focus and alertness; it doesn’t change/damage the body like steroids or other PEDs.

    In thi whole affair, I would fault Sherman for not being smart enough to get a legal prescription. Doctors prescribe adderall all the time for attention deficit all the time

  26. manilovethepftcensors says: Dec 28, 2012 12:25 PM

    It wasn’t really adderall. They can tell whatever lie they want about the substance and the league is not allowed to refute it.

  27. allday38 says: Dec 28, 2012 12:39 PM

    Tillman is way better? Really? Where is your proof to back that up? Sherman leads the league in PDF, he is second in INT’s. And, also scored twice. Tillman is an outstanding player, but so is Sherman. I love all the Seattle hate lately. Remember, you only get haters if your doing something right. There isn’t a person on here who wouldn’t take Seattles corners right now.

  28. tjh9985 says: Dec 28, 2012 12:45 PM

    manilovethepftcensors says:
    Dec 28, 2012 12:25 PM
    It wasn’t really adderall. They can tell whatever lie they want about the substance and the league is not allowed to refute it

    ——-

    Actually, Albert Breer, a reporter for the NFL, is saying that it was in fact Adderall and he was being completely truthful.

    Do a little research before you talk.

  29. benihanagt says: Dec 28, 2012 1:06 PM

    Funny the assumptions in these comment sections on testing. These are processes put in place because if they are not followed, contamination becomes a major factor and the sample is invalid. Period. It isn’t Joe Blow thinking this, it is scientists wanting a controlled environment to make sure their results are accurate because false positives (not just in testing, in all lab scenarios) happen all the time.

    Cups need to be sealed to ensure nothing can get into the sample and contaminate it. They need to be tested by 2 different technicians because of the possibility of tester error.

    These two core processes were violated and there isn’t a drug testing agency that would consider his test valid. But I guess PFT commenters making assumptions about things they know nothing about is pretty much the norm.

  30. themackstrong says: Dec 28, 2012 1:41 PM

    manilovethepftcensors says:
    Dec 28, 2012 12:07 PM
    Hey themackstrong (pauses to laugh) Tillman is way better. And I’m not a Chicago fan.

    ————————————

    Laughing at lack of knowledge of football. When a CB leads the NFL in passes defensed it says something about his converage skills, 7 Int’s, 3 FF, 2 TD’s mostly against a teams best in man coverage. I watch the Bears play Jennings covers far better than Tillman. Tillman gets burned regularly when they aren’t in Cover 2. Next…

  31. highlydoubtful says: Dec 28, 2012 1:45 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:Dec 28, 2012 9:36 AM

    Pierre Garçon will have 200 yds and 2 TD’s on this guy in the playoff opener.

    ———
    I’ll take that bet.

  32. yourmomcalled says: Dec 28, 2012 1:48 PM

    Let’s ask that tool Schefter where he got his info.

  33. shaggytoodle says: Dec 28, 2012 2:01 PM

    I too wonder who leaked the story, of the leak, in a leaking cup.

  34. eazy28 says: Dec 28, 2012 2:12 PM

    Actually, Albert Breer, a reporter for the NFL, is saying that it was in fact Adderall and he was being completely truthful.

    Do a little research before you talk.
    ———–

    God, I wish people would think before spouting off inaccuracies. The NFL has to uphold confidentiality on these player issues. They will never release the substance that a player has tested positive for. This has been written about on this site several times. The admission of adderall being the banned substance has come from Sherman and his agent. It is irrelevant that Albert Breer reported it, he has no other information to go off of but what is supplied to him by Sherman and his agent. Clearly you are the one who needs to do some research. Additionally, Sherman’s explanation for his positive test is embarrassingly bad, crushed up adderall in a drink. This only leads one to believe that drug abuse is rampant within the Seahawks organization. He is lucky that NFL has morons conducting the drug tests.

  35. juliusanonymous says: Dec 28, 2012 2:20 PM

    I love all the hate against the Seahawks and specifically Richard Sherman this season. We got the best young CB in the game. Kid is a dynamic game-changer out there.

    Replace the word “cheat” with the word “win” in all the posts by the haters, and you see why Seahawk fans are so happy.

  36. rufusporter says: Dec 28, 2012 2:34 PM

    Obviously a lot of bitter fans out there whose teams got destroyed by Richard Sherman and the Seahawks. Hahahahahahahahahahahaha.

    The Seahawks have youth, a great front office, and supreme talent going for them. Imagine how good they will be 2 years from now.

  37. manilovethepftcensors says: Dec 28, 2012 2:37 PM

    “Actually, Albert Breer, a reporter for the NFL, is saying that it was in fact Adderall and he was being completely truthful.
    Do a little research before you talk.”

    tjh9985-you sir are the one who needs to do the research. Please research the NFL’s policy on confidentiality when it comes to these matters. Then please come back and tell me what you’ve discovered. Please be a man and come back here and admit that you were wrong. Then maybe consider a less snide response to people who are stating facts that you don’t like.
    On a side note how could you possibly know that Albert Breer was being truthful?

  38. mathomp3 says: Dec 28, 2012 3:17 PM

    eazy28 – “Additionally, Sherman’s explanation for his positive test is embarrassingly bad, crushed up adderall in a drink. This only leads one to believe that drug abuse is rampant within the Seahawks organization. He is lucky that NFL has morons conducting the drug tests.”

    Sherman NEVER claimed that he drank an adderall laced drink.

    As you said it, I really wish people would think before spouting off with inaccuracies.

    Clown.

  39. tjh9985 says: Dec 28, 2012 3:19 PM

    Tjh9985-you sir are the one who needs to do the research. Please research the NFL’s policy on confidentiality when it comes to these matters. Then please come back and tell me what you’ve discovered. Please be a man and come back here and admit that you were wrong. Then maybe consider a less snide response to people who are stating facts that you don’t like.
    On a side note how could you possibly know that Albert Breer was being truthful?

    ——-

    He knows for the same reasons any of us know ANYTHING about any of this. Leaks and inside information. He would have no reason to just make it up, and the guy has a good track record. How is “it really wasn’t adderall” a fact at all? If you discount what I am saying, you would discount that comment by the same merits.

  40. shlort says: Dec 28, 2012 3:29 PM

    It isnt about Sherman the player, it is about Sherman the man. He got away with failing a urine test. He never said he didnt do it, he just said he shouldnt be suspended because the proper protocol was not followed.

    Sherman Used PEDs. If that isnt bad enough, he (and many fans, apparently) is celebrating it like some sort of victory against the system. Then he wants to have the issue addressed of how people found out he was cheating the sport? He should be happy to have gotten away with one and let sleeping dogs lie.

  41. fumblenuts says: Dec 28, 2012 3:29 PM

    Working in the legal system myself I just love this guy, he stands up for his rights!

    I went out and bought my kid a Richard Sherman jersey!!

  42. shlort says: Dec 28, 2012 3:32 PM

    rufusporter says:Dec 28, 2012 2:34 PM

    Obviously a lot of bitter fans out there whose teams got destroyed by Richard Sherman and the Seahawks. Hahahahahahahahahahahaha.

    The Seahawks have youth, a great front office, and supreme talent going for them. Imagine how good they will be 2 years from now.

    ____________________________

    2 years from now they will be butchered by the salary cap and picked clean by free agency. That is how it works in the NFL. If they are lucky, they will keep depth with good players and work out contracts that dont make it impossible to keep the overall quality high.

  43. shlort says: Dec 28, 2012 3:42 PM

    benihanagt says:Dec 28, 2012 1:06 PM

    Funny the assumptions in these comment sections on testing. These are processes put in place because if they are not followed, contamination becomes a major factor and the sample is invalid. Period. It isn’t Joe Blow thinking this, it is scientists wanting a controlled environment to make sure their results are accurate because false positives (not just in testing, in all lab scenarios) happen all the time.

    Cups need to be sealed to ensure nothing can get into the sample and contaminate it. They need to be tested by 2 different technicians because of the possibility of tester error.

    These two core processes were violated and there isn’t a drug testing agency that would consider his test valid. But I guess PFT commenters making assumptions about things they know nothing about is pretty much the norm.
    ______________________________

    Yeah, because we all know how much adderal there is floating in the air everywhere. Dont want that stuff getting into your urine sample. Really? I mean, really? You think adderal is an airborne contaminant? Do you think not having a taped seal on a cup will allow adderal to migrate inside? The arguments against what you are saying far outnumber the argument in favor. Be real. He did it. He got caught. He got away with it over a chain of custody error. That is the long and short of it.

  44. tjh9985 says: Dec 28, 2012 3:55 PM

    Yeah, because we all know how much adderal there is floating in the air everywhere. Dont want that stuff getting into your urine sample. Really? I mean, really? You think adderal is an airborne contaminant? Do you think not having a taped seal on a cup will allow adderal to migrate inside?

    ——

    When two other players tested positive, at the same time, and their specimens were collected together, it’s absolutely a possibility that leaks between cups could transmit substances.

  45. mathomp3 says: Dec 28, 2012 3:56 PM

    Guess what? No amount of pouting on here by niner fans will change the fact that Sherman has been cleared of any violation. End of story.

    GO HAWKS!

  46. Legion Of Boom says: Dec 28, 2012 4:17 PM

    Slam Dunk case for Defamation. It’s not hard to shake info out of Shefter when he could easily face Contempt during the trial. Just ask the Raiders…

  47. claymus1 says: Dec 28, 2012 4:19 PM

    Protocols not followed, Invalid test. End of story.

  48. eazy28 says: Dec 28, 2012 4:19 PM

    Sherman NEVER claimed that he drank an adderall laced drink.

    As you said it, I really wish people would think before spouting off with inaccuracies.

    ——
    Fine, alleged explanation, the report has not been retracted by the writer. My points still stand, the NFL will never comment on what a player tests positive for and the NFL has idiots doing the testing.

  49. fwbrodie says: Dec 28, 2012 4:28 PM

    Best corner in the NFL.

  50. claymus1 says: Dec 28, 2012 4:29 PM

    This outcome should be viewed as a victory for ALL who are under drug testing rules. Think of it like this… without the protections afforded by the chain of custody provision as well as others Anyone can get falsely accused and punished with no integrity of the system. Witch hunts? Whether you work in the transportaion industry ,the NFL or at the local burger joint, absolute accuracy and accountability are of paramount importance. Innocent until proven guilty.

  51. manilovethepftcensors says: Dec 28, 2012 4:31 PM

    One time I wanted to take some adderall but it was impossible to take in pill form so I was forced to crush it up and drink it in water. I couldn’t swallow a tiny pill but I could easily swallow the water. That sort of flawed logic would be insulting to the mind of the average 12 year old but for some reason certain people here seem to believe it. No one crushes adderall and drinks it in water. They eat or snort it.
    I will admit that this is my opinion if you will admit that Sherman’s story seems incredibly implausible.

  52. ingram1225 says: Dec 28, 2012 4:36 PM

    and this is why it is not supposed to be leaked out… No one knows the real truth, therefore all these negative comments are tainted.

  53. snaxdsp says: Dec 28, 2012 6:04 PM

    Guilty but innocent? Like the Saints? Oh but the Saints are still guilty according to some. Ok I got it

  54. olyhawk says: Dec 28, 2012 11:38 PM

    Richard Sherman most likely took adderall and failed the piss test. While on Adderall he was the best corner in the league. Now, no longer on Adderall he is STILL the best corner in the league. Give me a break with the Adderall performance enhancement garbage, Ive taken it. This guy Loves your hate… Keep hating and watch him pick 6 your qb, keep fueling this dudes fire. Best corner in the NFL, 5th round pick.

  55. txnative61 says: Dec 29, 2012 7:03 AM

    Adderall—contains as a minor component amphetamine, which while it is an illegal stimulant, in occasional small quantities not particularly addictive or effective performance enhancer. Many other stimulants contain a caffeine component and are sold over the counter and have similar effectiveness as Adderall, while being perfectly legal. The stupidity of knowingly using Adderal instead lends credence to Sherman’s claim that IF his sample was positive, the use was accidental—-because he is far from stupid. I don’t understand the league pushing so hard in Sherman’s case over a minor stimulate like he was a hard core juicer. Are they into pissing contests now? Test them for roids, they’re awfully edgy.

  56. burgandy2260 says: Dec 29, 2012 8:54 PM

    And he thinks that the millions AND MILLIONS of people who follow sports truly believe that he is innocent. Nobody is fooled into thinking that he didn’t test positive. We all know that he went to the Ryan Braun school of over paid liars. Richard just remember that if you ever have to give an acceptance speech you can’t use the typical “I wanna thank The Lord” cuz he sees everything and he saw you take the pill!

  57. burgandy2260 says: Dec 29, 2012 8:58 PM

    Oh the irony! The sample leaked. Someone leaked THE TRUTH. There was PED in the leak he took for the test. Richard, poor Richard we all know yah did it. The only person who believes you is Ryan Braun!

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