Posted December 18, 2013

Report: Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner suspended indefinitely for substance abuse violation

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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)

The NFL suspended Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner indefinitely for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, reports NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.

Browner had his appeal of a one-year suspension denied on Wednesday.

Browner reportedly passed up an offer to reduce his original year-long suspension to three months, which would have allowed him to be reinstated by the NFL in time to play the majority of the 2014 season.  Browner was in Step 3 of the league program and cannot apply for reinstatement until a year from now.

According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer‘s Nick Eaton, Browner may take the case to federal court, saying that he didn’t know his status in the drug program because he did not receive letters from the NFL while he was out of the league.

Browner released a statement via social media thanking the Seahawks organization “for the incredible opportunity they gave me when they took a chance on a player who was out of the NFL and playing in the CFL for 4 years.”

“I also want to thank all of my teammates, coaches, trainers, staff and the 12’s for their support, respect, and friendship and for helping me grow into the player, father, and person I am today,” Browner said in a statement. “I have been treated with nothing but first class by everyone associated with the Seattle Seahawks and for that I am forever grateful. Although I disagree with the circumstances surrounding my suspension, I accept responsibility for all of my actions and I apologize for any that causes any unflattering reflections of my family and the Seahawks. I believe in my innocence and will continue to fight with all legal resources available to me to. Go Hawks!!!

Browner, 29, has only played in eight games this season because of a groin injury and had not played since a Nov. 10 victory against the Atlanta Falcons. He is scheduled to become a free agent after the season.

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13 comments
Perry E
Perry E

Yeah, go ahead and mess with drugs. I have seen too many sporting, business, and personal lives destroyed by recreational drug use and addiction. This man should be in his prime, playing football in the NFL for big money, but he decided to use illegal substances, repeatedly, and now look. Unemployed and largely unemployable for at least a year, unless he wants to flip burgers or dig ditches. 

Yeah, go ahead, use drugs. It won't happen to you. You are too smart to get caught. You can "handle it" and you know how to "pass" those irritating "piss tests". Yeah, right! 

Get smart, stay the hell away from drugs, and live a good life. Being involved in drugs makes you 11 times more likely to be on welfare/Section 8 housing, homeless, or on food stamps. Being involved with drugs also makes you 7 times more likely to be the victim of a violent crime. You can rest assured that your employers DO CARE and DO NOTICE even a slight marijuana possession conviction. 

When you are 40, on food stamps, living with your parents, no life, no prospects, and no good options on the immediate horizon, you will look back and wonder if it was worth it. I guarantee you it is not. I will not hire a person who has ANY DRUG USE HISTORY OF ANY KIND! I will NOT DATE A WOMAN WHO IS EVEN CASUALLY INVOLVED IN DRUG USE! I DO NOT HANG OUT WITH LOSERS WHO ONLY KNOW HOW TO ENJOY LIFE BY GETTING HIGH OR DRINKING TOO MUCH!

EJ1
EJ1

Apparently the rule is:  if a player is seeking employment with the NFL--as Browner was, even while he was in the CFL--that player is subject to the NFL's drug testing policy.  Doesn't sound like much room for Browner to appeal any further.

JonO
JonO

it was pot not PED

Rick in Huahin!
Rick in Huahin!

A PED user in the NFL seems to be viewed differently than a user in the MLB! Interesting! Oh, and the NHL? Where are the true athletes and tough guys???

Whatever
Whatever

Browner has no case to take to federal court by claiming he didn't know his status in the drug program because he didn't receive letters from the NFL. It's his responsibility to have a valid address on file at the NFL's offices, plus I'm sure the NFL mails copies to his team and his agent. What a BS argument.

EJ1
EJ1

Take it to court.  If the NFL is way off base on this one.  Since when is a guy in the CFL-as Browner was when he "missed" his test-subject to the NFL drug testing policy?  HE WASN'T EMPLOYED BY AN NFL TEAM AT THE TIME.


If someone knows a rule I'm not aware of, would love to hear it.

Starstruck
Starstruck

@JonO As if you know for sure. That info is confidential. 

dhgit
dhgit

@Whatever not when he isn't in the NFL.  Why would your OLD employer need to keep tabs on you.  He has a good case otherwise they wouldn't have offered a compromise on the suspension which they did.

Starstruck
Starstruck

@EJ1 The rule is STFU if you don't know what you are talking about. 

dhgit
dhgit

starstruck how about you follow your own advice and do some research.  STFU you idiot if you don't know what you are talking about.  There I made it more clear for you.