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26 Nov 2013

Browner Faces Year-Long Suspension

Both Brandon Browner (one year) and Walter Thurmond III (four games) are set to be suspended for violating the league's substance abuse policy, per NFL.com. The Seahawks are expected to sign Perrish Cox today, have reportedly worked out Marcus Trufant, and are reportedly trying to sign Antoine Winfield.

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 26 Nov 2013

23 comments, Last at 29 Nov 2013, 2:59pm by LionInAZ


by B :: Tue, 11/26/2013 - 12:26pm

More like the Legion of Shroom.
I'm sorry.

by Jimmy :: Tue, 11/26/2013 - 12:52pm

It is always something with this lot. I guess they couldn't try to pretend that this is for Adderall.

by Burbman (not verified) :: Tue, 11/26/2013 - 1:13pm

Hey, Pot is legal in Washington State. Not like they were breaking any laws...May need to rename the Seahawk/Bronco Superbowl accordingly.

by ptp (not verified) :: Tue, 11/26/2013 - 1:20pm

The Bowl Bowl?

by Vincent Verhei :: Tue, 11/26/2013 - 3:45pm

I think "Smoke-A-Bowl" is the best variant I've heard.

by justanothersteve :: Wed, 11/27/2013 - 5:21pm

Super Bowl IV-XX

by Anonomys (not verified) :: Tue, 11/26/2013 - 6:21pm

Who said it was for pot? Could easily be pain meds, coke, syzzurp, etc...

by Ulrik (not verified) :: Tue, 11/26/2013 - 2:30pm

Given the league's silence on this kind of stuff, why is everybody thinking adderal or pot instead of steroids?

by Ulrik (not verified) :: Tue, 11/26/2013 - 2:35pm

Oh, they actually got different sentences for substance abuse and PEDs. The latter of which Browner served four games for last year.

by Anonymousse (not verified) :: Tue, 11/26/2013 - 2:44pm

Steroids falls under the league's "Performance Enhancing Drug Policy", not its "Substance Abuse Policy".

As does Aderall.

It's most likely weed...

by tuluse :: Tue, 11/26/2013 - 3:00pm

That seems like they're illegally skirting around doctor patient privilege by publicly differentiating between the two.

by Karl Cuba :: Tue, 11/26/2013 - 3:15pm

I can vaguely recall the NFL saying that they were thinking of reclassifying Adderall use as substance abuse not PED but I can't remember if anything came of it. What is Browner accused of using?

by Vincent Verhei :: Tue, 11/26/2013 - 3:47pm

Browner passionately denied that he was being suspended for PEDs. He didn't deny the suspension, mind you, just the PED use.

Seattle media is saying that both players are being suspended for weed.

by Karl Cuba :: Tue, 11/26/2013 - 4:53pm

It's a bit sad really, he took a long route into the league and now he'll lose not just a year's salary but also he'll probably never get as large a contract as he would have been due without this suspension. All for doing something that's legal in his home state. A shame.

by Vincent Verhei :: Tue, 11/26/2013 - 6:16pm

That last part is the kicker. He was about six months away from cashing in big-time in free agency. Now he's a two-strike guy and a high-risk signee.

by Hummingbird Cyborg :: Fri, 11/29/2013 - 6:19am

Personally, I think it's ridiculous that people get suspended for smoking pot at all. I'm not a user, but it hurts nobody, not even the user and there isn't a legitimate reason for it to not be absolutely legal.

But, either way, these players know the rule sets they work under and should be able to avoid the temptation of smoking some weed in a league that has such harsh penalties for it. As a fan, I usually roll my eyes when they choose to do so knowing the consequences.

I really did respect Ricky Williams when he took his stand because it came across as standing up for his beliefs instead of getting into unnecessary, easily avoided trouble for no good reason.

by LionInAZ :: Fri, 11/29/2013 - 2:59pm

What's really sad is that this country gives employers the right to fire employees for activities that they might do legally on their own time. It's legal to drink, but if you happen to be doing it while someone is posting a video of it on YouTube, your employer can dump you.

by Derek Lamarr (not verified) :: Tue, 11/26/2013 - 6:53pm

Why is his suspension a full year? It's his first substance abuse suspension. Shouldn't it be four or six games? Even if you lump the PED suspension in and call this a second violation, isn't a full year still too long?

by Chris West (not verified) :: Tue, 11/26/2013 - 8:54pm

If I remember correctly Browner also had a substance abuse incident in training camp while with the Broncos, before going to the CFL. I'm not sure how that played out in the long run with respect to suspensions and probations.

by andrew :: Tue, 11/26/2013 - 11:27pm

If he was caught before, and knew he had a strike... this shifts from substance/ped/whatever abuse fine to a stupidity fine. He... and his agent... had to know what he was at risk for. At least wait until you got the mega signing bonus.

by osoviejo :: Wed, 11/27/2013 - 11:45am

Mike Florio has an intriguing theory: http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/11/26/browners-predicament-pos...

If this is the case, I wouldn't be surprised to see Browner win his appeal. Don't think the league wants to end up in federal court defending an obviously unfair practice.

by Jimmy :: Wed, 11/27/2013 - 12:29pm

And this stopped him taking his drugs tests because.......?

He hadn't given up playing football, he remained a professional athlete, he wanted back into the NFL, ergo TAKE THE DAMN TESTS!!!

The NFL has to be able to test players who are 'out of the league' if they may return or they run the risk of allowing players to retire and remove themselves from the testing regimen and then unretire having used loads of PEDs.

by osoviejo :: Wed, 11/27/2013 - 1:19pm

That's a specious argument. For one, if Browner or any other player starts their career in the CFL, they aren't subject to NFL testing even if they aspire to an NFL job. For another, any player that "uses loads of PEDs" prior to returning to the NFL is either going to test positive, or if they pass their test isn't likely to be seeing any benefit from the prior use.