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Browner can apply for reinstatement after a year

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Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner reportedly was facing a one-year suspension for violation of the substance-abuse policy.  Some have interpreted Browner’s indefinite suspension as something worse than that.

It’s not.

The substance-abuse policy doesn’t impose one-year suspensions.  For players who violate the policy while in Stage Three of the substance-abuse program, the penalty becomes an indefinite banishment.  The banished player has the ability to apply for reinstatement after a year.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, that’s exactly what happened with Browner.  He is suspended indefinitely, and he can reapply after a year.

That said, he plans to continue his fight.  If Browner doesn’t succeed, he’ll be eligible to apply for reinstatement on December 18, 2014.

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11 Responses to “Browner can apply for reinstatement after a year”
  1. dnn92202 says: Dec 18, 2013 11:50 PM

    As much as I am a fan of my home team Seahawks. This just goes to show, be a role model. Every 10 year old looks up to these guys. There is a very small window to make millions. Just follow the rules.

  2. seatownballers says: Dec 18, 2013 11:58 PM

    Minnesota will want him then, obviously Rhodes is not the answer in that horrible defense

  3. chawk12thman says: Dec 18, 2013 11:58 PM

    Should have taken the deal and looked at returning to the NFL in October……another bad decision by him.

  4. pacificnw7722 says: Dec 19, 2013 12:32 AM

    Buh Bye Brandon…….

  5. haminator says: Dec 19, 2013 12:52 AM

    Peace out

  6. txnative61 says: Dec 19, 2013 3:03 AM

    I guess that would be IF he shows up for any drug test they schedule during the year?

  7. anonymous135 says: Dec 19, 2013 8:14 AM

    Or he could have accepted and been playing in October 2014??

  8. ratsfoiledagain says: Dec 19, 2013 1:01 PM

    The cost would be too great IMO, but I wonder if he could still sue the league. I know it’s in the CBA, but the NFL still shouldn’t have the right to test your blood/urine, make you show up for said tests, while you are not employed by them.

    It wreaks of overreaching. it would possibly make him the NFL’s version of Curt Flood.

  9. strongmackn says: Dec 20, 2013 1:02 AM

    The nfl is overstepping their bounds and basing part of his discipline on their own miscommunications and shortcommings.

  10. strongmackn says: Dec 20, 2013 1:03 AM

    …and all you people talking about role models this and that…

    He is a human being who makes mistakes just like the rest of us. Quit acting like he should be perfect and never make a mistake.

  11. 12thmangohawks says: Dec 20, 2013 3:59 PM

    What Browner packed into his bong wasnt illegal in the state of Washington. Getting stoned with Thurm was as illegal as someone in New York drinking a beer alone in a dark room. Althrough frowned upon, not illegal. The NFL should look at state laws and modify what constitutes as “substance” and “abuse” to reflect what is against the law, and what is not. This out of date system is just that, out of date.

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