Richard Sherman Wins Appeal
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(CBS Seattle / AP) – Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman has won his appeal against a four-game suspension regarding a violation of the NFL’s performance enhancing drug policy, according to Sherman’s Twitter account.
Just after 9:00 am PST, Sherman tweeted the following:
“Thank you @nfl for upholding the truth! To the 12s Thank you your faith is rewarded! Thank you lord”
NFL.com also reported that Sherman had won his appeal.
Sherman later tweeted a “thank you” message to his attorneys who worked on the case.
Sherman’s appeal was based on errors in the chain of custody of his sample and that there were mistakes made by the tester. He’s been outspoken in believing the NFL is not following proper procedures as laid out in the collective bargaining agreement. The second-year cornerback has been fighting the suspension for more than a month and recently took two days off from practice in order to appear in person at the league offices in to New York City.
News first broke of his failed tests after the Seahawks’ 24-21 loss to Miami on November 25. Teammate Brandon Browner also had failed tests show up in his results.
The win for Sherman comes just three nights after he grabbed his seventh interception of the season, deflected four passes, and returned a blocked field goal 90 yards for a touchdown in the Seahawks’ 42-13 rout of the San Francisco 49’ers.
According to STATS, LLC, Sherman is tied with Pittsburgh’s Keenan Lewis for the NFL lead with 23 passes defensed. He is tied for second in interceptions, and his burn rate — amount of catches allowed versus times targeted — of 46.2 percent is the seventh-lowest in the league for cornerbacks targeted at least 60 times.
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