Sherman tweeted the news this afternoon, saying simply, “I won.”
Sherman and his teammate, Brandon Browner, had tested positive for Adderall, a banned substance unless prescribed by a doctor, Browner began serving his suspension immediately. Sherman spent Friday in New York arguing his appeal. He contended that the cup containing his specimen leaked and the person collecting the sample placed a second cup, which had a broken seal, beneath the first one.
One of Sherman’s lawyers, Maurice Suh, said in a statement today: “We are very pleased that the hearing officer recognized that the egregious errors that occurred with Mr. Sherman’s collection required overturning the NFL’s discipline. Mr. Sherman provided honest testimony about a severely flawed process, and the hearing officer found him to be a credible man. We couldn’t be happier for Richard, and we were thrilled to help him and the union [the NFL Players Association] present a very strong case.”
Just as it did for Ryan Braun, a flawed collection process made Sherman’s case. One of the Seahawks’ best defensive players, having him for a playoff run is crucial. Now, with Browner having served his suspension, they’ll have both in the secondary.
Thank you @nfl for upholding the truth! To the 12s Thank you your faith is rewarded! Thank you lord
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) December 27, 2012