Posted November 25, 2013

Seahawks CB Brandon Browner reportedly facing one-year suspension

Seattle Seahawks
Brandon Browner has most likely played his last down for the Seahawks. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

Brandon Browner has most likely played his last down for the Seahawks. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

No team has more player suspensions for violations of the league’s various substance abuse policies over the last three seasons than the Seattle Seahawks. And just as it did in the waning weeks of the 2012 regular season, the inability of certain players to keep a lock on their situations will affect Seattle’s defense in ways that head coach Pete Carroll and his staff would not prefer.

On Sunday, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that cornerback Walter Thurmond was facing a four-game suspension for violating the league’s non-PED drug policy. Dave Mahler of Seattle radio station KJR-AM reported that marijuana was the substance in question. The Seahawks are looking to sign veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield, who they first signed this offseason and later released, to replace Thurmond on the roster.

Thurmond will be back in time for the playoffs for the 10-1 Seahawks, but the story for cornerback Brandon Browner could be far more complex. Mike Silver of the NFL Network first reported Monday that Browner was facing an eight-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policies on performance-enhancing drugs. Browner served a four-game PED suspension in 2012 and would be suspended for eight games this time. Browner is currently sidelined with a groin injury, and wasn’t expected back on the field until mid-December at the earliest.

Browner refuted the specific language of Silver’s report, and his agent, Peter Schaffer, did the same.

I’m not facing suspension for PEDs, it’s sad that the NFL is reporting this…

— Brandon Browner (@bbrowner27) November 25, 2013

Soon after, ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen reported that Browner is in fact facing a one-year suspension from the league. This length of suspension is usually given to Stage 3 offenders. The ESPN report says that Browner has already appealed the suspension, and if he loses that appeal, he won’t be eligible to play for any team until Week 13 next season. The former CFL star, who surprised many with a Pro Bowl season in 2011, will be a free agent in 2014. His game had trailed off this season, and Thurmond had been replacing him outside opposite Richard Sherman much more often.

“This is a challenge — it’s a challenge for us, and it’s a challenge for the league,” Carroll said during a five-minute statement at the beginning of a press conference in May, shortly after it was announced that outside linebacker Bruce Irvin would be suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season for a PED violation. “The league is doing everything they can to help guys make it through these young careers that they have, from teaching, to instructing, also the punitive side of it. They’re doing a really good job and they’re in it for the right reasons, and we are too. We go beyond with what the league does. We go well past with what the guidelines ask us to do as far as working with our young guys trying to give them the direction, trying to give them the counseling. We have people on staff that are here specifically to work with our individual guys because I really see this as an individual challenge.”

Irvin’s suspension followed the suspensions of Sherman and Browner in 2012 (both for Adderall, though Sherman’s was later overturned on appeal), and the earlier suspensions of guard John Moffitt, offensive tackle Allen Barbre, and defensive back Winston Guy. Moffit admitted that he took Adderall before he knew he needed a medical exemption. Take the Sherman appeal out, and the Seahawks still lead the league when it comes to such suspensions since 2010.

And the new additions to the list, rightly or wrongly, will forward the perception that Carroll can’t control his team.

“It comes down to the player at the end of the day, and the player’s responsible for what he puts into his body,” fullback Michael Robinson told me back in May. “Guys have to be smarter.”

So far, no good.

43 comments
R21
R21

Second hand smoke got him, huh?


LOL

terrace420
terrace420

We are in a state that 80% of us smoke or Vape or eat it. So it's not steroids and if

Anything, our weed in wa. Is the best and just so you know it doesn't enhance your play , if anything

It slows you way down ( trust me ) I own mmj stores.

So take all your hate elsewhere , I know you have nothing else to say.

GO HAWKS!!!!

handeldavid31
handeldavid31

So let me get this right (i think).  Suh from the Lions is held up as an icon (go to a Lion's game!) while he is dirtying the game and ending careers with malice and aforethought.. The last Lion's game I attended, he almost killed someone (LITERALLY) and was cheered on by the announcer and the crowd. He was fined a meager $100K (chump change to him). Now we have guys smoke weed and we punish them for 1 year? 

Put the PED stuff aside for a moment. So the dirtiest player i've ever seen in my 55 years gets a slap and the "weed" guy loses his job. Seems to be a double sfandard here!

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brusbej
brusbej

WAAA! here come all the losers to say this somehow is the reason we're winning. Of course, nobody on their teams smokes dope.

gmag39
gmag39

Look at that noggin!

gmag39
gmag39

The NFL has a HUUUGE problem... one which could easily eclipse MLB's issues with the dreaded 4 letter epithet;  PEDS.  PEDS are fueling the NFL's best team,, the Seattle Seahawks.   IF Seattle wins the Super Bowl, with a chunk of their squad either under suspension, coming off suspension, or being suspected of using PEDS, how will that play with the fans (outside of the state of Washington)?  I'm thinking that  fans of the NFL will/would consider Seattle's Super Bowl win an *asterisk victory and start a hue & cry for 'cleaning up the game', which, as in MLB, is neigh on impossible...(even more so).

Jules de la Zazette
Jules de la Zazette

QUOTE:

"… the inability of certain players to keep a lock on their situations will affect Seattle’s defense in ways that head coach Pete Carroll and his staff would not prefer."


Typical Pete Carroll team, just like at USC … cheaters and dopers. Thing is, where Petey gonna run off to, like he did from USC to Seattle when the NCAA was closing in on him in L.A.?  

I like Russell Wilson — seems like a class act and he can ball. Marshawn Lynch too, Cal Bear to Cal Bear, yo!  That said, I hope the ChickenHawks crash and burn this season — couldn't stand watching Petey and that stoo-pid a$$ smile on the SB winner's podium. 


ken.burnside
ken.burnside

Browner was in a contract year.  And tokes up to blow his career away. Sad.

I sincerely wish pot were legal in all 50 states.

jbc123
jbc123

To get a year suspension in this League, you really have to be a dope.

ImmortalIllumined
ImmortalIllumined

the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING!!!13

it's legal in Seattle and Colorado!!! lol, time for the NFL to have their business licenses suspended in the 2 legal states and 20 something other medically legal states until they enact a policy change.....STATES RIGHTS!!!! Sue Their A$$e$!!!

AMERICA'S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS!!!33

SeaHawk
SeaHawk

Way to piss your career away. Chance at a SB ring and you would rather be puff the magic dragon. 

eleibow22
eleibow22

Lest anyone forget weed is legal in Washington now.  But Thurmond is still a moron.. Hope it was worth it. 

thebigdawg3
thebigdawg3

Browner was busted for smoking weed at least twice previously, one more bust and he was going to get a year suspension.  He's in a contract year.  Wow, Browner must be the dumbest person on the planet.

Thurmond, gets to start since Browner is hurt.  He immediately gets busted for smoking weed = 4 game suspension.  Wow, Thurmond must be the second dumbest person on the planet.

Unfortunately, not surprisingly, both players prove what everyone in Seattle already knew about both of them:  neither cared anything about the city of the Seattle, the Seahawks, nor their fans.  They don't even care about their own reps.  Both are scum-of-the-earth losers.

Matthew53
Matthew53

PEDs and weed, the Seahawks are dirty.

rh2000
rh2000

Starting to look like Pete Carroll is a team killer.  He destroyed USC and now is taking out Seattle with his inability to keep player's straight, or in USC's case paying players with $$$ or what ever?

therednorth1
therednorth1

I feel like he should get bonus points for managing to play effectively while high.

Dah_knee
Dah_knee

Actually I don't think the Hawks lead league in this still. Broncos Redskins and Giants have more players busted with a bunch of teams with 1 less suspension. Over exaggeration.

Chris10
Chris10

well if it isn't PEDs then what is it?  Like somehow it's not PEDs is a good thing?

PlauDD
PlauDD

Carroll can't control his team?!! Anyone familiar with the Seahawks will tell you this team has bought into his system more than most. 

the3rdpower
the3rdpower

Thanks for the straight skinny.  Lots of garbage reporting out there on the situation. 

SFWildcard
SFWildcard

You are an idiot , you are saying that you smoke but know nothing about it, dude it helps you tolerate pain which is another way of cheating idiot.

R21
R21

@terrace420 

Dude...that is why yu can't have that stuff available...the second hand smoke is going to wipe out your teams...LOL...

AveryGarmire
AveryGarmire

@gmag39 I don't think adderal or marijuana are actually PED's - this shouldn't even be an issue for the league, this situation is absurdly hypocritical.  Focus on the REAL problems with your sport NFL, I love ball but god knows there are more important problems than someone smoking weed after practice.

NikodyK
NikodyK

@gmag39 This story isn't about PEDs.  Read it more thoroughly before you make a fool of yourself.  These guys got popped for non-performance enhancing drugs, most likely weed which is legal in washington state.

NikodyK
NikodyK

@jbc123 my understanding is that the first two occurrences came before he joined the seahawks, or something like that.   Right now we're all trying to make sense of this as this is the first time on the seahawks team (remember non-ped) but history matters.

SeaHawk
SeaHawk

@SportBiomech Except in this case, it wasnt a PED, unless the NFL is classifying weed as a PED these days. 

NikodyK
NikodyK

@Chris10 That would be a performance degradation drug...  Its kinda like those softdrinks with zero calories.  It doesn't make you fat, but it wont help hydrate you either.

Dah_knee
Dah_knee

10-1 sounds pretty in control. Not Carroll's fault, he's a coach not a babysitter.

gmag39
gmag39

@NikodyK @Matthew53  Take off those silly rose-colored glasses... Browner has also been popped for adderall.  Seattle is FILTHY with PED use.

brusbej
brusbej

@gmag39 @NikodyK It says: Dave Mahler of Seattle radio station KJR-AM reported that marijuana was the substance in question. Non-PED A hol

NikodyK
NikodyK

@gmag39 @NikodyK @Matthew53 I guess haters have to hate, even if their facts aren't strait.  If you have to call weed performance enhancing to make your team look slightly better I feel sorry for you.

10 - 1, hate it