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Seahawks lead the league in PED suspensions since 2010

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The Seahawks are number one — in performance enhancing substance suspensions.

Bruce Irvin’s suspension Friday was the fifth for the team since coach Pete Carroll took charge in 2010, and that doesn’t count Richard Sherman’s successful appeal.

And according to Mike Sando of ESPN.com, that’s the highest total in the league during that span.

Two other teams, the Broncos and Giants, have had four suspensions each, while the Patriots, Redskins, Bengals, Texans and Rams are tied for fourth with three each.

With 50 total suspensions during that time frame, 22 teams have had at least one. 

Only the Bills, Lions, Jaguars, Colts, Chiefs, Jets, Raiders, Cowboys, Eagles and 49ers have stayed off the board.

There have been times in recent years when the Seahawks have been applauded for taking chances in the draft. But there’s a flip side to that, and it bears watching, especially with four guys on the current roster (the Seahawks released Allen Barbre after his suspension, and he’s with the Eagles now) now staring at a possible eight-game suspension if they test positive again.

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  1. unbiasfan says: May 20, 2013 10:28 AM

    The Seahawks now lead the league in PED suspensions and number of obnoxious fans

  2. sportnorcal says: May 20, 2013 10:29 AM

    Pete Carroll has a history of this so it really comes as no surprise. Anyone with a brain knows that punishment and the investigation were the reason behind his sudden jump back to the NFL from USC.

  3. floratiotime says: May 20, 2013 10:32 AM

    Anyone who has watched this team had to know that something was wrong. They’re way too cranked up. It’s obvious.

  4. aequitas83 says: May 20, 2013 10:36 AM

    I’m not sure if that means they actually use more PEDs or just get caught more. Unfortunately, I have a feeling it’s the latter.

  5. jimbobobjr says: May 20, 2013 10:38 AM

    Introducing the Seadderall Seahawks! Their Pharmacist has a “12th Man” shirt.

  6. bathroombenlovemachine says: May 20, 2013 10:38 AM

    The Seadderall Speedhawks cheat, but have absolulutely No Lombardi Trophy.

    They are not even good cheaters. They need to take notes from the Patriots, Steelers and Ravens. They all cheat, but they all have Super Bowl Wins.

  7. niners816 says: May 20, 2013 10:40 AM

    Cheat Carroll up to his old tricks again. Its sad really, cheat and you still can’t win. Haha Seattle, what a joke.

  8. seatownballers says: May 20, 2013 10:41 AM

    Atleast were leading In something

  9. garyhd01 says: May 20, 2013 10:42 AM

    the raiders stayed off the board because they prefer mind altering drugs to performance enhacing ones

  10. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 20, 2013 10:44 AM

    It’s hard to believe that there would be any cheating around Pete Carroll.

  11. shaggytoodle says: May 20, 2013 10:44 AM

    The league should take their a 2nd round pick from them, or fine them pretty heavy.

    I think that’s the only way the message is going to be sent at this moment.

  12. romosmicrodongs says: May 20, 2013 10:46 AM

    Seadderal Seahawks lead the league in players who have been punched in the face by other players as well

  13. 49erstim says: May 20, 2013 10:50 AM

    Where are the SeADDERALL fans jumping to the teams defense? They’re out there somewhere thumbing down comments, but with no thoughtful argument to refute the fact that their team is dirty. lol

  14. germanstingray says: May 20, 2013 10:52 AM

    Starbucks must put Adderall in the coffee up there.

  15. donkeydik says: May 20, 2013 10:53 AM

    Vai Tuaua, former running back from Nevada, was also suspended for Peds in 2011. Does he not count because he was only on the practice squad?

  16. tjbra9 says: May 20, 2013 10:54 AM

    At least Irvin was man enough to admit it and accept his punishment. Sherman on the other hand keeps talking looking more and more guilty! But yet gets off and still doesn’t have enough sense to stop talking.

  17. logicailvoicesays says: May 20, 2013 10:54 AM

    The Seahawks and their second rate RG3 imitation QB would love to be the Redskins, but Pete Carroll and his players know there is no chance they can match up with the Redskins or stop the Redskins yearly marches to the Super Bowl.

  18. jack3dsd says: May 20, 2013 10:54 AM

    also lead the league free touchdowns

  19. johnelwayishorsefaced says: May 20, 2013 10:57 AM

    Another classy Pete Carroll led team.
    And to all you ladies out there who love to constantly bash the Lions: please take note of the fact that we are one of ten teams who have not had any PED violators in this time period. We may like our beer and pot but were not cheaters like so many of the rest of you.

  20. damnsureis says: May 20, 2013 11:00 AM

    At least they won something in their history.

  21. 49erdynasty says: May 20, 2013 11:00 AM

    Yet another off season trophy for the Cheathawks

  22. gbmickey says: May 20, 2013 11:01 AM

    Old Petey sure lives up to the saying ” If you’re not cheating you’re not trying.

  23. lugubriosoman says: May 20, 2013 11:02 AM

    I wonder what the PED usage was like at USC? They certainly played fast and strong when he was there….and dropped off pretty fast when he left. Just sayin’……..

  24. seahawksteven777 says: May 20, 2013 11:09 AM

    I think what’s ignorant is the people saying the Seahawks are “cheaters.” Just because a few of the players on team tested positive does not reflect on the team as a whole.

    Different scenario but if a few students cheat on an exam, does that mean the whole class should be labeled as cheaters? Give me a break. It’s so ignorant and clueless to say something like that.

    And to those that think that the team was only good because a few player used Adderall, get a clue. This team won games last year because they have good talented players such as Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, etc. It’s just so easy to hate, isn’t it?

  25. pathsovglory says: May 20, 2013 11:10 AM

    disappointed Seahawk fan here for sure.

    but the last time we had to deal with 4-game suspensions we averaged like 40 something points a game so i cant say i’m too worried… still though…

  26. digitalsasquatch says: May 20, 2013 11:12 AM

    “Only the Bills, Lions, Jaguars, Colts, Chiefs, Jets, Raiders, Cowboys, Eagles and 49ers have stayed off the board.”

    Everybody knows the best labs are in the Bay area: Kappie’s probably kissing the injection site over and over.

    #Fortywhiners.

  27. shaggytoodle says: May 20, 2013 11:13 AM

    Cheattle is going to take a few steps back this season.

    I’m a big fan of Wilson’s game, but between the coach and PEDs its getting really hard for me to hope they do well.

  28. mobuccsfan says: May 20, 2013 11:18 AM

    @lugubriosoman

    Interesting…indeed. He must be best friends with a pharmacist that helps him out wherever he goes.
    One poster pointed out a good point this weekend–What if Adderall is like the new Cocaine? You would be surprised (or perhaps not) what people get a hold of and flip for profits on the drug market these days. Prescription meds are just as bad, if not just as dangerous.

    In the end, yes maybe half of the league is on Adderall? HgH? PEDs? But the Seahawks sure seem to have a lot more going on up there than anywhere else. It is about as fishy as the fish markets. Not sure if they can have a draft pick taken away or be fined legally (CBA?) etc, but definitely merits an investigation IMO.

  29. nananatman says: May 20, 2013 11:21 AM

    Check the coaches pants pockets, he is after all fairly unnaturally happy all the time.

  30. time2speakup says: May 20, 2013 11:27 AM

    Come on, what did you expect from that collection!

  31. sabatimus says: May 20, 2013 11:28 AM

    They also lead the league in “crowd noise pumped in through stadium PA”.

  32. jprcox says: May 20, 2013 11:36 AM

    If you do a quick search on Google you will find that 6 Washington Redskin players were suspended for “substance violations” since 2010. That is 1 more than Seattle….so what gives?

  33. redsoxu571 says: May 20, 2013 11:38 AM

    Seahawks, Broncos, Giants, Patriots, Texans all near the top of the list for players caught for PED use.

    Bills, Jaguars, Chiefs, Jets, Raiders all had none.

    While there are some outliers in each group, seems to be a trend in there. Not sure what that means, but it IS interesting.

  34. ninersdomanation says: May 20, 2013 11:52 AM

    Stupid Seahacks! I dont know why you think you can win you are cheater!!!!! Sanfrancisco niners are better by far 7 super bowls and beat qb in football!!!!’n

  35. spideysdog says: May 20, 2013 11:57 AM

    Roflmao….. so the fact that the NYG and DEN have only one less violation are they cheaters too? come on now…. is there seriously someone left on this planet that thinks there is a professional sports franchise, anywhere in America, that doesn’t have PED usage by at least some of its members?

    yeah ok. the only issue I have withthis story is the fact that whoever is supplying or spearheading the program for my Hawks is dumb enough to get people caught so frequently.

    you really believe AP came back from a 9-12 month injury in 8 months, better than ever, by elevating his knee and rotating ice packs and heat compressors? ok.

  36. hittinhawks says: May 20, 2013 12:04 PM

    A haters job is to hate, take away that ability and they are useless. I love seeing Seadderall seahawks for the 800th time this week, It is funny (but guys are saying it over and over like they came up with it). Hawks are going to do damage this year regardless of irvins suspension. GO HAWKS!

    Haters we love you, keep up the good work !

  37. scmems07 says: May 20, 2013 12:06 PM

    hey sherman, guess you not as good at life as you thought you were!!!!

  38. rajbais says: May 20, 2013 12:14 PM

    Among teams that won titles during that time only the Giants are listed.

    Btw, no one should be surprised by this going under Pete Carroll. Look at Brian Cushing and one of the twin sons of famed physician Dr. Arthur Ting, Brandon (I believe).

  39. mexxx27 says: May 20, 2013 12:14 PM

    You are all very naive to think this is not happening
    on your own teams.
    This is an NFL problem.
    The Seahawks are just the guys getting caught.

    And for anything but a logiclvoicesays,
    As I remember the Seahawks putt down your second rate Redskin team and your one dimensional QB.
    I would say, see you in the payoff but we both know
    the Skin won’t be there.

  40. acmepackers says: May 20, 2013 12:15 PM

    This is all much ado about nothing. PEDs aren’t their biggest problem. Douche-ism is. The whole team must be sponsored by Massengill… Because they’re just a bunch of douches

  41. vmannj says: May 20, 2013 12:15 PM

    Those teams that cheat to gain an unfair advantage on the field, should be banned from postseason play. If you’re SERIOUS about PEDs and cheating, then make it hurt. Cheating teams shouldn’t have tainted trophies. They shouldn’t have trophies at all.

  42. seattlecoug says: May 20, 2013 12:22 PM

    We’re talking about Adderall man. Aderall. Not steriods. Not injected steriods. We’re talking about Aderall man. Aderall.

    Keep talkin’ trash fellas – the Hawks are still going to flat out destroy you this year. And there is NOTHING you can do about it.

    Fear the 12th man.

  43. justintuckrule says: May 20, 2013 12:23 PM

    I hope Adderall users ban together and sue the NFL for defamation. It’s not what we think a PED is. It doesn’t make you run faster, jump higher or have better endurance. Its to keep brain wanderers focused. Being labeled a “PED user” diminishes these players’ reputations as clean players.

  44. olyniner says: May 20, 2013 12:28 PM

    Seattle Seahawks rap sheet:
    NFL high of players suspended for PED’s
    Stolen: 12th Man from Texas A&M
    RW3 from RG3
    Lynchs’ DUI hearing pushed back to June 2013

    Sounds like a bunch of real role models.

  45. buddysguys says: May 20, 2013 12:36 PM

    sounds like its almost time for Fleet Pete and His Feet to make a run for it…Canada is close.

  46. johnelwayishorsefaced says: May 20, 2013 12:48 PM

    seahawksteven777 says:
    May 20, 2013 11:09 AM
    I think what’s ignorant is the people saying the Seahawks are “cheaters.” Just because a few of the players on team tested positive does not reflect on the team as a whole.

    Different scenario but if a few students cheat on an exam, does that mean the whole class should be labeled as cheaters? Give me a break. It’s so ignorant and clueless to say something like that.

    And to those that think that the team was only good because a few player used Adderall, get a clue. This team won games last year because they have good talented players such as Russell Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, etc. It’s just so easy to hate, isn’t it?

    I hate to break it to you buddy but this is just sorta how it works. I wish I had a nickel for every time someone here (including a lot of Seahags fans) said that Detroit was “a team full of criminals” because a couple of their players got arrested. Never mind the fact that over a period of a few years we actually had the fewest arrests in our division.
    Your team has people like Richard Sherman and Pete Carroll who are very, very easy to hate so I guess their two options are to clean up their act or continue to listen to people call them out when they blatantly cheat.

  47. golforepar says: May 20, 2013 12:51 PM

    The Weedhawk fans need to realize, longer suspensions are looming!

  48. pop562 says: May 20, 2013 1:05 PM

    Legion of Shrooms, Seadderall Cheathawks and PED Carroll…this team is consistent in losing big games and players taking adderall. Never won a Super Bowl and their fan is hyping this team to another disappointing season.

  49. sweetnlow44 says: May 20, 2013 1:06 PM

    Wanna know how I know the Seahawks are good? Look at all the haters posting anytime the Seahawks are mentioned. How pathetic. Seriously, they have 1 more PED bust than the next couple teams and 2 more than most the league in the past 3 years and everybody acts like the only reason they’re good is because 5 players in the past 3 years have been busted. In a league that doesn’t test for HGH, the reaction of you haters to this article is comical. Get some perspective.

  50. 49erstim says: May 20, 2013 1:22 PM

    Ok ok… I know we’re having fun with the Adderall stuff and a couple of Seattle fans (and one Giants fan?) are getting upset. Let’s stay focused here (not a problem for a few ‘Hawks players, am I right?)…anyway… The notion that they were indeed busted for Adderall is hilarious. They may have copped to Adderall, but I think it’s fair to assume at least one if not all were busted for something else that they don’t wanna cop to. The stigma against Adderall is mostly nonexistent so why not cop to that and even gain a little sympathy along the way by ignorant fans?

  51. hawkstradamus says: May 20, 2013 1:33 PM

    I love how all the haters are damming the seahawks and their fans for the use of peds by what amounts to one in ten players. If you think for a second that your 320lb linemen with 8% body fat and the 250lb freaks running 4.5 40s were created outside of a labrotory then your a fool. Peds are a part of the multi billion dollar sports entertainment industry. The use of peds is so wide spread and its been going on for so long that it can hardley be regarded as cheating at this point.

  52. thejuddstir says: May 20, 2013 2:03 PM

    Pete Carroll cheat???? Tell me it ain’t so. I know how “homers” get carried away with their team etc……..but even if you have been hard up for a winning franchise for decades, you can’t ignore the obvious can you Pedhawk fans. Pete Carroll proved he wasn’t head coaching material decades ago……at least not by following the rules, so he learned how to cheat and it has served him well.

  53. screechdaddy says: May 20, 2013 2:13 PM

    Pete Carroll is the “Father Flanagan” of the NFL, and for you brainless twenty-somethings, that was the priest who founded Boys Town, a center for troubled youth. While at USC, Pete spent much of his off hours working with boys in tough neighborhoods in danger of getting sucked into the gangster life, and “life coaching” them towards thinking outside “the hood” and helped them to awaken to better options and opportunities.

    That is why he’s quick to give second, and even third chances to players other teams won’t even look at. And when you take on such players, a greater chance that some of them will continue to make poor choices goes with it. So there’s your “cheating” ways of Pete Carroll. One wonders what any of you haters have ever done that’s so unselfish as that. No, instead, you geniuses prefer to make an NFL-wide problem into a Seahawks problem because when we spend the next several years dominating the playoffs and embarrassing your own weak-ass teams, you need a convenient excuse to explain all of your coming defeats.

    All of this piling on of the Hawks is evidence of your enormous FEAR of what we’ve built in Seattle, and the lame taunts about “where are all the Hawk fans?” is evidence that you continue to be too stupid to figure out that we’re three time zones behind you when these Seahawk posts first appear. GO HAWKS!

  54. theclaim says: May 20, 2013 2:41 PM

    mexxx27 says:
    May 20, 2013 12:14 PM
    You are all very naive to think this is not happening
    on your own teams.
    This is an NFL problem.
    The Seahawks are just the guys getting caught.

    And for anything but a logiclvoicesays,
    As I remember the Seahawks putt down your second rate Redskin team and your one dimensional QB.
    I would say, see you in the payoff but we both know
    the Skin won’t be there.

    Haha Would that be the second rate QB. That made your SPEED FREAK defense look like they were in Slow motion? It was 14-0 when he RE injured his knee. The Redskins will win the NFC east again this season. Just being honest when I say the 9ers will make it hard to get back for the Pedhawks. HTTR

  55. romosmicrodongs says: May 20, 2013 3:22 PM

    only one of the redskins suspensions was for peds and the player in question had a prescription. the rest were weed and painkillers fyi

  56. jrcoop says: May 20, 2013 3:39 PM

    redsoxu571 says:May 20, 2013 11:38 AM

    Seahawks, Broncos, Giants, Patriots, Texans all near the top of the list for players caught for PED use.

    Bills, Jaguars, Chiefs, Jets, Raiders all had none.

    While there are some outliers in each group, seems to be a trend in there. Not sure what that means, but it IS interesting.

    ———————————————————
    Agreed. There is an interesting correlation between on field success and higher number of suspensions. I have long suspected this, especially with those teams who seem to be able to take other teams average players (or even average draft picks) and suddenly they become top producers. Perhaps it’s actually more about team culture thanteam system. Seems there may be an article here for an assertive investigative sports reporter.

  57. buzzkillbill says: May 20, 2013 3:41 PM

    Wow. Hope PFT doesn’t start testing for HED’s (hating enhancing Drugs).

  58. mexxx27 says: May 20, 2013 3:49 PM

    Theclaim:

    I never said RG3 was second rate.
    Just the rest of your team.
    RG3 is one dimensional.
    Maybe a little adderall would help you focus when you read.

  59. norvturnersneck says: May 20, 2013 4:15 PM

    Lions lead the league in arrests to players since than too. How about a little adjustment in thinking on draft day? Look at arrests, drug deals, and mental states as well as football stats.

  60. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 20, 2013 5:04 PM

    Interesting that of the 10 teams named with no PEDs, only one team (49ers) made the playoffs. Hmmm

  61. bluebongzilla says: May 20, 2013 10:08 PM

    I think there’s something about playing on the left coast that saps all their mojo.

  62. hawkthunder says: Feb 9, 2014 7:49 PM

    According to the ESPN list of abusing teams which is not accurate: Add the Jacquars.

    Over 2/3 of the Teams in the NFL have used PEDs. and tested positive.

    Anyone who thinks that PED use is a “seahawk” problem is naive or just plain stupid. That’s like saying Lance Armstrong was the only one.

  63. hawkthunder says: Feb 9, 2014 8:08 PM

    Oh, and the NFL doesn’t even want to address this: HGH

    At least 50% of all players use HGH, don’t you think????

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