Thursday, December 19, 2013
Browner has only himself to blame
By Terry Blount
RENTON, Wash. – Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner is angry and says he will go to court and sue the NFL if that’s what it takes to get reinstated and have his indefinite suspension lifted.
Well, good luck with that.
Maybe what he should do is look in the mirror and realize that none of this would have happened if he hadn't run afoul of the league's drug policy for the second time in two years. This suspension comes a year after he was suspended for four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.
The PED suspension is not related to the substance-abuse suspension, but wouldn’t the wise decision after last year be to watch what you put in your body in the future?
Maybe Browner has a case, legally speaking, that he shouldn’t have been in Stage 3 of the NFL's substance-abuse program. He says he was asked to submit to drug tests while he wasn't employed by the NFL and was playing in the Canadian Football League, after his first positive test when he was a rookie at Denver.
And it’s also true that marijuana (which sources say was Browner's violation) is legal now in the state of Washington, another point that might be brought up in his argument.
Those are technicalities that may give Browner a shot in court. That doesn’t change the fact that he risked everything to do something he knew was outside the limits of what the NFL accepts in its substance-abuse policy.
It doesn’t change the fact that he let his teammates down when they needed him, that he played with fire and ruined his chance at playing in a Super Bowl this season.
Win or lose in court, Browner is done as a Seahawk. He’s fighting for his NFL career now. Hopefully, he can win that fight in the long run.
But he has only himself to blame for now. Browner took a chance and did something he knew was outside the rules. All the technicalities in the world won’t change that fact.