Oct 17, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Is Seahawks CB Brandon Browner's suspension a result of unfair rule?


Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner is the latest player on the team to receive a suspension for violating either the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy or substance-abuse policy, but it looks like he could be getting ready to fight the suspension as more information comes out.

There have been rumors swirling that Browner’s team continues to dig into the situation and that there will be a number of details that will emerge in the coming days that will clear Browner’s name.

Browner is currently suspended one-year for violating the substance-abuse policy, but there seems to be much more to the story.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk took a look at the Browner case and discovered what appears to be an unfair rule, which could lead to a legal process playing out or Browner’s suspension being overturned.

Florio wrote:

When players are cut by NFL teams, they remain subject to the testing requirements of the substance-abuse policy.  If they don’t show for the tests (after all, they’re no longer NFL employees), they become subject to the various steps and stages of the substance-abuse program.

Browner played for the Broncos in 2005.  Cut in 2006, Browner surfaced the following year in the CFL.  Unless Browner violated the substance-abuse policy enough times in one-plus year with the Broncos to land in Stage Three, there’s a chance he fell victim to the unfair expectation that players who have been dumped by the NFL still have to submit to NFL-implemented drug tests, and that he returned to the NFL in 2011 with a lifetime membership in Stage Three.

If that’s what happened with Browner — if he landed in Stage Three because he didn’t show up for drug tests when he wasn’t an NFL employee — his suspension needs to be scrapped.  And if the NFL won’t reverse the suspension, Browner needs to load up the legal cannon and aim it at anyone and everyone.

If what Florio is saying is correct, then Browner does indeed need to continue challenging the ruling.

It is completely unfair to expect a player to continue showing up and submitting to drug tests when he is not a member of an NFL roster or an NFL employee for that matter, so the NFL needs to review their current rule and ensure they are doing what is the best for their players.

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  • Hawkman54

    If this is correct – Hell YEA hire the big Guns and start suing !!!!!

  • John Smith

    We’re talking about POT, a performance UNENHANCING drug. The NFL allows these guy to drink 7 days a week, but smoke some week and you’re screwed?? Really? Hypocrites! The NFL org are hypocrites that are guilty as any player for alcohol and weed.

    • skeletony

      Especially considering alcohol is probably one of the 2 or 3 most dangerous and harmful drugs in the history of mankind. Alcohol does not just destroy the user, assuming they are not one of the very rare persons able to drink ‘socially’ and never have any problems, it regularly results in the extreme harm or death of innocents caught in the proverbial crossfire. Marijuana on the contrary is in fact one of the safest drugs in the history of man. The only real danger is if someone does the rare and often dumb act of driving or some such while stoned but even then weed does not compare to alcohol. On those occasions where someone drives stoned they usually drive UNDER the speed limit, do too many head checks at stop signs and lights etc. Stoners will generally do whatever they can to avoid driving when they smoke (though to be honest part of this can be chalked up to “couch-lock”).

      But the NFL makes no effort to monitor for people drinking and they do monitor for things like weed?!