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Daryl Washington’s suspension didn’t follow the usual path

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The news that the NFL had suspended Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington four games under the substance-abuse policy suggests at least three violations of the rules against recreation drugs:  a violation that places the player in Stage One, a violation during Stage One that places the player in Stage Two, and a violation during Stage Two.

While everyone involved is keeping very quiet regarding the situation, we’ve learned that Washington did not trigger a four-game suspension via three positive tests.  As best we can tell, there was an initial positive test that was the result of a genuine mistake, followed by two additional violations unrelated to a positive test.

The other violations came from the league’s stringent requirements regarding the testing and/or treatment portion of the substance-abuse program.  With the league still possessing full authority over the appeals process, it became even harder for Washington’s position to prevail.

As a result, the Cardinals currently have no concerns about Washington, and both sides believe the relationship will continue well into the future.

That said, Washington now potentially faces a one-year suspension if another violation occurs.  Which means that the time for mistakes and misunderstandings has ended; absent strict compliance from this point forward, Washington could face a much longer interruption of his NFL career.

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8 Responses to “Daryl Washington’s suspension didn’t follow the usual path”
  1. chawk12thman says: Apr 5, 2013 12:31 AM

    Whatever he did/didn’t do, I hope his agent, representatives from the NFLPA and coaching staff all educate him so that there isn’t a minor oversight or slip that causes him to get that next strike.

    The burden is ultimately on the man himself and lets hope he gets it.

  2. arcflash21 says: Apr 5, 2013 2:44 AM

    Then clear him already

  3. pabrownsfan says: Apr 5, 2013 4:15 AM

    sounds like a railroad job from the top. he should than god-elle for that!

  4. mlhlite says: Apr 5, 2013 5:07 AM

    like to have a more detailed failed test list, like bank statement style, but that ain’t happening obviously

  5. cardsfann1 says: Apr 5, 2013 8:31 AM

    So he missed his n/a meeting and he got suspended? Is that what they are saying basically? He didn’t test positive again. He just didn’t follow thru with his obligation from testing positive before? I reckon if that is the case, its better than him being a repeat offender of testing positive for weed or coke or whatever he popped for…

  6. dohpey28 says: Apr 5, 2013 9:03 AM

    I don’t understand how you testing positive is a genuine mistake. Did he not mean to inhale?

  7. beavertonsteve says: Apr 5, 2013 11:03 AM

    Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me, fool me three times and you miss 4 games.

  8. beardinals says: Apr 5, 2013 11:25 AM

    Sounds like he got caught, then didn’t take the requirements seriously. Not a whole lot better than testing positive 3 times.

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