Richard Sherman wins appeal of PED suspension

December 27, 2012

Richard Sherman cut off a pass intended for Randy Moss on Sunday. (John Froschauer / AP)

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has won his appeal of an four-game suspension he’d been given because of a positive test for Adderall.

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.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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