Posted December 06, 2013

Report: Seahawks’ CB Brandon Browner turns down reduced suspension, will continue with appeal

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Brandon Browner has one interception and 18 tackles for the Seahawks this season. (Otto Gruele Jr. /Getty Images)

Brandon Browner has one interception and 18 tackles for the Seahawks this season. (Otto Gruele Jr. /Getty Images)

Cornerback Brandon Browner of the Seattle Seahawks has turned down an offer by the NFL to reduce his year long suspension, electing instead to continue with his appeal, according to Mike Garafalo of Fox Sports.

Sources say Browner passed up an offer to reduce his year long ban to just three months beginning immediately, which would allow him to be reinstated in the early weeks of the 2014 season. The player contends that the sample collector did not follow the agreed protocols because he switched the urine sample from a damaged cup into a second receptacle.

The 2011 Pro-Bowler allegedly failed a test for performance enhancing drugs and was given a year long, ‘stage 3′ suspension by the league, because he had previously failed to take the necessary drug tests. However, in 2006 and 2007, when Browner missed the tests, he was playing in the Canadian Football League, not the NFL.

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Browner is allowed to continue playing during the appeals process, but has been sidelined with a groin injury since the Seahawks’ week 10 win over the Atlanta Falcons. He is scheduled to become a free agent this offseason.


15 comments
jazynaz
jazynaz

i guess there is no such thing as a clean suspension either.  his history preceded him, and it will follow him.  please, no "braun" technicalities.  sounds like brown is already trying to start with the hocus pocus, there one minute, gone/never was there the next.  come on NFL, make it stick, take him out!

Charlie P
Charlie P

Blaming the sample collector?  That's fresh.  Maybe talk to Ryan Braun and he can give you some pointers on how not to get nailed later.

Hendo
Hendo

Why would he have to take tests if he was playing in the CFL? Was it because he wasn't officially retired from the NFL?

mike202
mike202

BB's main argument is that he should never have been put into Phase III because he had never failed a substance abuse test.  He was put on Phase III because of missed tests, that he was never even notified of, while he was playing for 4 years in Canada.


Double Secret Probation from Dean Wormer-Godell.


Neither he, nor the Seahawks (nor any of the other teams Browner tried out for) were notified he was in Phase III until last year, a year after he was signed.  Since then he has passed around 200 tests.  His appeal is that he should never have been in Phase III and should, at the most, be put in Phase II now.  That is what a positive test means to a player who test positive for the first time.


No suspension at all.

rrrlas
rrrlas

Seattle = PED heaven.

Holland
Holland

Wow same exact excuse as Sherman…..

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@mike202 Your post sounds like either a press release by a dooshbag agent or a loser-homer grasping at straws. or... a urine sample tester who pocketed a cool $350 from 'Saul' for pouring it into a different cup. GO TO JAIL!!! 

JPG
JPG

The situation doesn't involve PEDs, but substance abuse.

David G
David G

A coincidence?  Not.  A planned scam.  Yes.

nortran11
nortran11

Oh we have an expert here folks. Please David, enlighten us all with your inside knowledge of the situation. 


No expert?  Not. A tool.  Yes.

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

@nortran11 Nortran=believer. I bet he wears earplugs to every Seahawks home game...


PS. You missed a comma between 'here' and 'folks'...

jazynaz
jazynaz

@mike202 @BrentWolgamott that's disgusting!  how could that even happen with such an important testing procedure their responsible for?

mike202
mike202

@BrentWolgamott Sherman's argument, and one backed up by the tester, was the second cup was not sterile but was a used cup that had been emptied.  


Big differance.

BrentWolgamott
BrentWolgamott

But that is what happened to Sherman -- *Sherman's* cup was "damaged" and the collector was forced to use a second cup.  SO you're telling me that Browner, who was suspended along with Sherman last year and served his suspension, didn't learn something?  Not hard to damage a cup and not be detected.  Forcing the collector to use a 2nd cup, and voila -- appeal sustained.  Look, who knows what really happened.  I love the Seahawks, AND Richard Sherman.  The fact remains that Carroll and the Seahawks can't seem to control what the players are putting into their bodies.  Sherman never explained HOW exactly his sample was positive -- I guess some urine leaking in a second sterile cup in FULL VIEW Of him -- somehow digested PEDs must  have gotten into the cup.  LOL  It's such a farce.  The league will have to deal with this "damaged cup" nonsense in the offseason