A nearly three-month reduction from what’s supposed to be a one-year ban for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy was not a sweet enough deal for Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner, who recently turned down the offer and will continue his appeal, sources told Mike Garofalo from Fox Sports.
Garofalo said the NFL offered Browner the chance to accept his suspension now, sit out the rest of this season, remain suspended through the offseason and be eligible for reinstatement at the start of next October, when the 2014 regular season is still in its first few weeks. That would have allowed Browner to return to action well before December, which is how long he’ll sit out if he loses his appeal in the coming weeks.
I too would have turned down the suspension if I were Browner. Browner is a free agent after the year and if he is in fact suspended for a long period of time it could hurt his stock. Browner claims the person that took the test switched cups during the middle of the test. If that is in fact true, Browner will win. As a federal law enforcement officer, a new test would have needed to be required. The old test would be considered tampered. So if that did in fact happen Browner will win his suspension.