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