Posted December 27, 2012

Richard Sherman wins drug test appeal, will not be suspended

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Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman won his drug test appeal and will not be suspended.  (Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman won his drug test appeal and will not be suspended. (Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

UPDATE: Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman tweeted Thursday afternoon that he won the appeal for his test of performance enhancing drugs. Sherman was at risk of being suspended for four games if he had lost the case. The NFL also tweeted the news on Thursday.

Sherman said earlier this week that he would likely sue the NFL if his suspension was upheld, according to a report from ESPN.

News first broke of his failed test Nov. 28. Sherman’s argument was that the cup was leaking at the time that he submitted it and that there were mistakes made by the tester at the lab. Sherman said a second cup was placed under his cup to stop the leaking and the seal on that second cup was broken. His drug test for Adderall will now be voided because it has broken the chain of custody and Sherman will not be suspended.

Sherman, 24, tweeted his thoughts on Christmas about the reputation of the drug tester, claiming that the person who conducted his test has a “history of errors.”

Sherman had said before he declared victory that if the drug tests come back positive, he would still continue his appeal and would sue the league:

“I can’t get back playing regardless. I can just sue the league, and that’s probably what I’m going to do if they suspend me.”

The Seahawks’ other cornerback, Brandon Browner, is already serving a four game suspension and won’t return until the playoffs. Browner opted not to appeal the results of his test for PEDs.

The Seahawks clinched a playoff berth with a 42-13 route of the San Francisco 49ers on Dec. 23, with Sherman returning a blocked field goal attempt for a touchdown and playing an overall pivotal role in the game as the team now readies for the post-season.


27 comments
Chad5
Chad5

He got away with it this time, but he will get caught again by someone that can actually test properly.  You are an arrogant a$$ Sherman and your time will come!!  You are a liar and I have zero respect for someone that can take NO responsibility for their actions!!  It is a shame because you are a great football player but because of your off-the-field antics you've become a name that is not allowed in my home!!

DeeBo
DeeBo

Arrogant... he truly thinks we're all idiots?  I understand the chain of custody issue.  I too am in the military and subject to random drug testing.  In fact, members are often times selected to administer the drug testing on fellow members and its a fairly simple process: check the cup prior to use for anything that could taint it, have the tester hold the cup above their head to the restroom (to observe for abuse), wash hands before, uncap and fill the cup, wash hands after, cap and hold the cup to the admin who verifies the sample with a control number and seal.  Its not that damn hard.  If these drug testers are following similar protocols, there is no way you contaminate a sample.  Blame the tech for bad procedures/faulty equipment?  yes, but lets not pretend that Sherman wasn't on Adderall.  What should have happened was the sample was tossed and he should have been forced to provide another sample on the spot.  Yes, even if it takes some time, you don't let him leave or out of your sight until you get another sample.  Looks like the league needs to change test procedures.

Max5
Max5

seals broken on 2 different  cups during testing. anyone buying this 'accident'? Sherman+Seahawks=cheaters

NorCal
NorCal

You "won" ? No you cheated and your legal team got you off on a procedural technicality.  However, one technicality that has not been overlooked, is that we have not heard you say that you have not used any PEDs.  I wonder why??

 

 

WstrnTrvlr
WstrnTrvlr

So Sherman wants us to believe the tester put a tainted cup under his leaker? Cheater.

Matthew29
Matthew29

I would like to thank all of you non Seahawk fans for commenting and reading the stories about this team. I know all of you are just studying to jump on the bandwagon. Everyone wants to be the 12th man. 

therednorth1
therednorth1

It amazes me that the NFL didn't learn from the Ryan Braun incident and failed to reform their drug testing protocol to prevent situations like this.

 

This one's on Goodell.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Murderers have gotten off on legal technicalities just like this. Why shouldn't a (alleged) user?

Richard V
Richard V

Great news! Sherman is the best corner in the NFL . GO SEAHAWKS !!!

gravedigger187_1974
gravedigger187_1974

So let me get this straight. He pis*ed in a cup and when it started to leak he squalled and then accepted a cup that was tainted. This DUMB SON OF A BI*CH should be suspended on the basis of being STUPID!!!!!!!!! If his logic is correct, if someone handed him a knife, he would cut himself.

Cabrio
Cabrio

Unless there was already urine in the second cup, Richard Sherman's tweet about mixing urine samples makes no sense.  I'm no Sherman fan, but if the seal on the second cup was indeed broken, theoretically that cup is no longer sterile and he would have an argument.  To think someone would taint the second cup with Adderall just to screw Sherman over is pretty far-fetched.  I say Richard Sherman is guilty of Adderall use, but due to "technicalities", he will not be suspended.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @Chad5 Good one.  How do you keep his name out of your home?

mickeyphil
mickeyphil

 @DeeBo According to the Seattle Times the NFL follows the guidelines set out by the World Anti Doping  Organization.  A second test was supposed to have been taken by another tester but was not, it was taken by the original tester instead and was negative.  

 

The tester, a Mr. Cook, in his report, lied about the cup leaking, lied about using a second cup to contain the leakage, lied about the second cup being sealed prior to being used (it was just sitting on the table) lied about the second test being taken by another tester.  Mr. Cook has also been involved in many other 'procedural errors' over the time of his employment with the Testing Lab and seemed more interested in covering his Butt than taking a legitimate test.

 

You can all check out the Times story for yourselves.

nortran11
nortran11

 @NorCal Sherman has been tested another 4 times since the "positive" result. If he cheated, then those tests would have come up positive too dontcha think?

BroncoWalser
BroncoWalser

 @NorCal Imagine you had to take a drug test for work. Would you be so cavalier with your own results had such a thing occurred in your case? I am a military attorney who deals with drug "pops" regularly. I can say, with no hesitation, that there is a reason that they have a chain of custody and that breaks in that chain are taken exceedingly seriously. It is because there is a fairly high possibility of false positive if procedures are not followed. The league knows this, the testing facilities know this, the NFLPA knows this and the players themselves know this. There are STRICT procedures that are set in place to avoid this EXACT situation. The facility failed and thus everything regarding that test is brought into question. The real injustice would be punishing someone based upon test results procured in such a loose and improper manner.

DeathTongueOpus
DeathTongueOpus

 @Matthew29 you're welcome. As a Raiders fan, I don't hate Seattle like I do Denver or New England, and I hope they do well. I'm a Pete Carroll fan too, so go Hawks. And it's a lot easier on your ankles to jump on bandwagons, instead of off of them.

Brian11
Brian11

 @therednorth1 How could it be on Goodell?  He doesn't collect the sample?  That's like blaming the CEO of Walmart because a customer got away without paying for something.   Sometimes blame doesn't flow all the way to the top.

RossOrion
RossOrion

 @gravedigger187_1974 sounds to me like he is extremely intelligent....played the league's game and beat them at it. and now the Seahawks are even more dangerous with both Sherman and Browner shutting down receivers. you should spit out those sour grapes and recognize genius as it unfolds in front of you

Cool
Cool

 @gravedigger187_1974

 Trying to think of that term they use when describing how the leak occurred.. something about the player having a needle.... something or other.

Richard V
Richard V

 @gravedigger187_1974 Ha Ha He Won !!! You lose idiot ! Sherman will be there to help crush your team in the play-offs! GO SEAHAWKS!!!

JackWilliams
JackWilliams

 @mickeyphil

Where is your link to the story you claim is the source of so many inaccuracies?  

 

You, sir, have misrepresented a lot of the facts in the Wallace report. The NFL follows the former procedures used by WADA. Formerly, WADA required the A and B samples to be processed by separate individuals. WADA now allows one individual to process both samples. But the CBA language was based upon the former procedures used by WADA. The testing organization overlooked that procedural difference. Therefore, the test results were voided no matter if a cup was leaking or not.

NorCal
NorCal

 @BroncoWalser First, thanks for your service. The funny thing is that I agree with you 100 percent. No i  would not be so caviler but I would show a little humbleness to the process and not be so arrogant.  I would be thankful that I got off and would quietly fade into the background. The details, according to him, only came out because he has put them out for public consumption.

 

The protocol is there for a reason and when not followed the result are invalidated. (understood) It s always better that 10 guilty men go free than to imprison one innocent man.

 

His agent needs to tell him to shut up not comment on the issue any more, take your get out of jail free card and just go play ball.

luvfoozball
luvfoozball

 @BroncoWalser  You are just engaging in lawyer speak. Sherman got off on a technicality and avoided getting punished for taking PEDs. That's all there is to the story.

PalmTres
PalmTres

 @RossOrion  You need to read the parable again (or for the 1st time).  The protagonist never gets the grapes, which is why he decides they are sour, so he could not spit them out.  If the grapes were in fact sour then there would be no parable and you wouldn't even (sort of) know the phrase "sour grapes." In short, you fail.