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Sherman’s spot on All-Pro team highlights impact of leak

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When it was time for players and coaches to cast their votes for the NFC Pro Bowl squad, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was facing a four-game suspension for violation of the league’s policy against performance-enhancing substances.

Coincidentally or not, Sherman didn’t make it onto the team.

When it was time for 50 media members to vote for a league-wide All-Pro team, Sherman had won his appeal and avoided a suspension.  And Sherman appeared on 39 ballots that listed only two corners each.

The difference highlights the impact of leaks regarding positive tests that have not yet been upheld via the internal appeal process.  No one is supposed to know about a potential violation until after the appeal process has been concluded, when it becomes an actual violation.

In this case, someone leaked to Adam Schefter of ESPN the fact that Sherman and teammate Brandon Browner were facing four-game suspensions.  It’s unclear whether it came from the league office, the Seahawks, the players, or their agents.  While a fine of up to $500,000 applies when the confidentiality is broken by the league or a team, there’s no way of proving who blabbed.

And reporters have no reason or incentive to withhold the information when it comes to them.  Though some in the past have railed on the disclosure of sensitive information from positive drug tests to pre-draft Wonderlic scores, the information gets out, and there’s nothing wrong with reporting it.

For Sherman, if the information hadn’t gotten out, he’d most likely be on the Pro Bowl roster, too.  But he ended up with a more exclusive honor — and he’s still playing for the most exclusive honor of all.

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37 Responses to “Sherman’s spot on All-Pro team highlights impact of leak”
  1. jakec4 says: Jan 12, 2013 12:36 PM

    Sherman is a hard guy to feel sorry for.

  2. wwwfugu says: Jan 12, 2013 12:37 PM

    While a fine of up to $500,000 applies when the confidentiality is broken by the league or a team, there’s no way of proving who blabbed.
    ———————————————————————
    So you think Shefter would stand up to endless torture.
    Interesting.

  3. mazblast says: Jan 12, 2013 12:38 PM

    There’s a sure way to find out who’s blabbing. Narrow your list of suspects to a few, feed each of them different misinformation, and wait to see which misinformation shows up on ESPN, Fox Sports, etc. There’s your leaker, you know exactly who to fire, and if more than one leaks and gets fired, no loss.

  4. nagaswan says: Jan 12, 2013 12:41 PM

    of course, didn’t he do it but just got off on a technicality?

  5. osiris33 says: Jan 12, 2013 12:49 PM

    No, there was no proof he ever tested positive because his test was mixed with another player’s sample, probably Browner, who DID test positive.

    This is vindication, but even more vindication would be being named Defensive Player of the Year, which is what he deserves after the season he’s had. He’s been the best defesnive player on the field in every game he’s played.

  6. chattanola says: Jan 12, 2013 12:56 PM

    “…and there’s nothing wrong with reporting it”

    Perhaps. After all, it’s not illegal to do so. Why should anyone in the media concern themselves with any man’s reputation but their own?

  7. tacoslinger619 says: Jan 12, 2013 12:59 PM

    It was a catch! Go Hawks……..

  8. kegowhisky says: Jan 12, 2013 1:02 PM

    None of this changes the fact that Sherman is an unsufferable loudmouth who instigated and deserved the punch from Trent Williams.

  9. hawkfan50 says: Jan 12, 2013 1:08 PM

    Congrats to Sherm , well deserved honor . A 5th round pick and converted from WR to CB in college . A man who plays with attitude and confidence . Every single hater out there wishes he was on their team .

  10. budda6477 says: Jan 12, 2013 1:10 PM

    It goes to show that the media today are just a bunch of jock clingers that are intent on helping the players to continually bite the hand that feeds them.

  11. ebrownwareagle says: Jan 12, 2013 1:48 PM

    Bring it to the field with you Sherman! Your going to need it! Roddy and Julio are better WRs than Bronner and Sherman are conners! And The Falcons Secondary is better than Seattle’s Receiving Core as a whole. Good luck Sunday. And again WELCOME to NORTHSIDE DR!

    #dirtybirdnation

  12. blackfootkiller says: Jan 12, 2013 1:49 PM

    Sherm and the Hawks don’t care what other teams fans think of him, or the Hawks…
    Does he have a big mouth? You bet…
    Is he a shut down corner? Top five…
    I’m sure when he’s holding up the Lombardi in a few weeks he’ll reflect back…
    Nah, he won’t change a thing!
    Go Hawks!

  13. rockthered1286 says: Jan 12, 2013 1:56 PM

    Since when was Sherman’s sample “mixed with someone else’s who tested positive”? That’s a bold face lie. His cup leaked. The testing agent stuck it inside a second cup without reporting it, which created an inconclusive test. Never was there any mention of mixing samples together. Stop trying to justify that he failed. And I won’t discredit 2012 but watch his drop off next year when he cannot afford to get busted again and has to stay clean. It’ll make a world of a difference.

  14. anygivensundayfan says: Jan 12, 2013 2:00 PM

    I guarantee you this will do nothing but make the chip on Richard Sherman’s shoulder bigger and he will continue to take it out on opposing teams on the field. Ironically, he has gotten way more recognition and publicity by being ridiculously omitted from the Pro Bowl and All-Pro lists and I think that speaks to the grudging respect people have for his play.

    I have observed that he offers words of encouragement and respect to those who he feels deserve it (RGIII) and also targets his trash talk to those who he feel deserve it (Williams, Brady, etc). He is fiercely devoted to his play, the Seahawks, the 12th Man fans and those close to him and really doesn’t give a damn about haters.

  15. omegaichiban says: Jan 12, 2013 2:08 PM

    That was one well played comment wwwfugu…

  16. haters71 says: Jan 12, 2013 2:10 PM

    Is rockthered that dense? Sherman was accused of adderall…..not steroids…..not worried about a drop off

  17. kh693 says: Jan 12, 2013 2:11 PM

    Wait, this one is easy to explain: He shouldn’t have cheated.

  18. sb34champs says: Jan 12, 2013 2:11 PM

    Sherman may be an excellent player on the field, but he sure has put a target on the back of the Seahawks team in general with his douche-bag tactics. I hope teams start head-hunting that pathetic squad of skittle munchers.

    STL Nation

  19. haters71 says: Jan 12, 2013 2:28 PM

    Tough being a stl fan having to play those skittle munchers twice a year…..good job on finishing under 500….again

  20. Blue Reloaded says: Jan 12, 2013 2:32 PM

    So many ignorant, uninformed haters in here. Read the report on Sherman, it was more than a technicality. It was the fact that they couldn’t tell if his sample was dirty or not because the admin poured it into a secondary cup.

    Furthermore, last week when Sherman was mic’d up, the ref told him that the Redskins receiver was complaining of being held, and Sherman replied to the ref, “call it then, please call it.” I don’t seem to remember any flags on Sherman…

  21. kindbass says: Jan 12, 2013 2:40 PM

    haters71 says:
    Jan 12, 2013 2:10 PM
    Is rockthered that dense? Sherman was accused of adderall…..not steroids…..not worried about a drop off

    He wasn’t accused of any specific drug, the test doesn’t specify: its just pass/fail. So obviously, his agent is going to tell him to say it was just adderall.

  22. osiris33 says: Jan 12, 2013 2:48 PM

    Uh, let’s see, the actual facts are that Sherman’s sample was put into a second cup that was according to reports, “already opened.” It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out who’s cup it was since they were both tested on the same day at the same time. The 2nd cup was tainted, obviously with Browner’s sample.

    As to this stupidity: “Bring it to the field with you Sherman! Your going to need it! Roddy and Julio are better WRs than Bronner and Sherman are conners! And The Falcons Secondary is better than Seattle’s Receiving Core as a whole. Good luck Sunday. And again WELCOME to NORTHSIDE DR!”

    A) Your Falcons have never faced a secondary remotely close to how good Seattle’s is. Megatron is better than either of your guys and he did nothing against the Seahawks. They only way you’ll have any success is if Bradley wimps out and goes into his cautious, soft zone coverages. We suck at zone but are the best press-man unit in the NFL.

    PS – It’s “receiving corps”

    B) It doesn’t matter if your secondary is any good, which I doubt it is, because we will run on you all day. I bet Wilson only has to throw 16-20 times and we still light up your soft, wimpy defense for 30 plus.

    Oh, and what we will do to your special teams….!

  23. macdaddyspeed says: Jan 12, 2013 3:03 PM

    Richard The Dread, The Legion of Boom and the Seahawks Empire cannot be stopped. Accept this and bask in their glory. Deny it, and be swept away. GO SEAHAWKS.

  24. judsonjr says: Jan 12, 2013 3:09 PM

    You’ll notice that Sherman has never said “I did not use adderall”. He says stuff about this being an injustice or that he is innocent.

    I would actually believe the guy if he said that, but the fact that he skirted around it makes me wonder.

  25. myosin10 says: Jan 12, 2013 3:29 PM

    We all know he was positive for PED’s and got lucky the tester didn’t properly fill out the COC. I wonder about the rest of the DB’s, Browner was busted what about Thomas when did he take a drug test? Or the rest of the Defense? Test all of them again!

  26. cover200 says: Jan 12, 2013 3:30 PM

    He is a good corner but slightly overrated. When Seahawks blew out the Bills Stevie Johnson ran a TD route that quite frankly left Sherman looking as bad as Sanchez’s butt fumble.

  27. birdsnooper2 says: Jan 12, 2013 3:33 PM

    Carroll finds two no-name corners who have great seasons AND both test positive for performance enhancing drugs?

    Investigate the Seahawks NOW!

    And, yeah, Lance never doped either–at least until thurday’s Oprah show.

  28. bkostela says: Jan 12, 2013 3:35 PM

    so adam schefter costed richard sherman a pro bowl spot and up to $50,000 if the NFC wins. i wonder if that’s worth a lawsuit. that would help stop the “leaks”

  29. ebrownwareagle says: Jan 12, 2013 3:35 PM

    @osiris3

    Ryan Broyles, Titus Young, Danny Amendola!! Nuff Said! Wes WELKER10/125+. None of these Dudes are the physical specimens Roddy and Julio are! U might have stop Megatron but his sides kicks went In! And Ya Lost! Well this week It’s 2 STUDS not one! Again WELCOME NORTHSIDE DR!

  30. bkostela says: Jan 12, 2013 3:37 PM

    cover200 says:
    Jan 12, 2013 3:30 PM
    He is a good corner but slightly overrated. When Seahawks blew out the Bills Stevie Johnson ran a TD route that quite frankly left Sherman looking as bad as Sanchez’s butt fumble.
    _________________

    the part that says “when the seahawks blew out the bills” pretty much negates the part that says sherman looked bad. sherman was probably already thinking about what he was gonna tweet when he got back on the team bus.

  31. infectorman says: Jan 12, 2013 3:42 PM

    osiris33 says:
    B) It doesn’t matter if your secondary is any good, which I doubt it is, because we will run on you all day. I bet Wilson only has to throw 16-20 times and we still light up your soft, wimpy defense for 30 plus.

    ______

    What position do you play in the NFL?

    Browner/Sherman/Seahawks = * / * / *

  32. averagewhitegirl says: Jan 12, 2013 3:53 PM

    The Falcons are a boring team so is their fan base. The Seahawks on the other hand have a trash talking CB, a skittles eating beast RB a short rookie QB and a rabid 12th man. I sure hope the Seahawks move on, they are so much more interesting and it’s so much fun reading the daily posts on here.

  33. ebrownwareagle says: Jan 12, 2013 4:05 PM

    @averagewhitegirl

    Stay Average!!

  34. kindbass says: Jan 12, 2013 4:20 PM

    Man, I can’t wait to see this overcrowded seahawks bandwagon crash and burn.

  35. 6thsense79 says: Jan 12, 2013 8:21 PM

    I don’t care if you think Sherman did it or not. The fact of the matter is the process of collecting the sample was flawed which negates the sample. You cannot be sloppy when collecting urine samples potentially worth millions of dollars.

  36. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 13, 2013 7:59 AM

    Why are Falcons fans talking? I sincerely want to know why.

  37. pef12 says: Jan 13, 2013 12:01 PM

    Will be nice if Ryan lights up Sherman early – these things have a funny way of righting themselves – Personally, I would love to see Brady light up Sherman for 50 in the SB.

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