Former CFL all-star DB Brandon Browner just lost his latest appeal and is suspended indefinitely by the NFL for a second substance abuse infraction.
Is Browner permitted to return to the CFL?
The CFL has regularly welcomed NFL delinquents in the past, although a poster on the boards commented recently that the league now upholds suspensions lodged in the NFL.........is this a fact?
[b]The NFL has suspended Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner indefinitely for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, the league said in a statement Wednesday.
Browner, 29, technically is suspended for life based on his status in the drug program but can apply for reinstatement after one year, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly.
It appears likely this will end Browner's career with the Seahawks, who signed him to a three-year contract in January 2011 after he spent four years in the Canadian Football League. He made the Pro Bowl in his first year.
He served an unrelated four-game suspension for violating the performance-enhancing drug policy last year.
"but[Browner] can apply for reinstatement [in the NFL] after one year,"
I think before he attempts to do that he really should consult with Rob Ford for some valuable tips. How to say I am sorry with sincerity. How to come clean. How to apologize 10 different ways. How to say, "I am not an addict" without blinking.
Like Ford, he just might attain celeb status! :thup:
I heard it was for pot, but coupled with his earlier suspension for a cough medicine which many of the Seahawk players were taking, that could be it for his NFL career. Once his 1 year suspension is over Browner could come back to the CFL, if the NFL declines to re-admit him into the league.
[b][u]Browner's agent: We'll sue 'living daylights' out of NFL[/u]
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner plans to continue to fight his indefinite suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, which was made official Wednesday.
Browner's agent, Peter Schaffer, told ProFootballTalk.com by phone that his client will sue the NFL if other avenues to have the suspension overturned are unsuccessful.
"We will continue to exhaust all administrative remedies," Schaffer told the website. "If not successful, we will sue the living daylights out of the league."
According to multiple reports, Browner contested his placement in Stage 3 of the NFL's substance-abuse program, arguing that the league improperly advanced him while he was playing in the Canadian Football League from 2007-10.
He also reportedly claimed his urine sample that led to a positive test in September was mishandled.
I would say the old Cfl of about a decade ago yes that Browner would be back in the CFL. However since the Ricky Williams issue the CFL pretty much follow the NFLs suspension list and does not take nor need these names anymore.
Maybe the LA kiss will sign him in the AFL
When he was out of the NFL they had drug tests he never went to (why should he if he wasn't employed by them at the time). But that apparently caused him to be put in the stage he is in of the substance abuse policy. This is different from the performance enhancement drug policy.
He is going to sue them big time because his one chance to get a big free agent deal would have been this off season
I still find it BS that he was suspended off a technicality such as he was in the CFL when he was asked to be Tested 2 times (he was only on the NFL records because he tried out for the Denver Broncos in 06') obviously being in the CFL browner never submitted his test giving him 2 strikes out of 4, include one from 06 and a recent one in 13 that = 4 strikes and an indefinite suspension, when really he only should have 2. That being said the Hawks are in decent shape. Almost being 30 and an illegal substance record as "decorated" as his I doubt many if any NFL teams will take a shot on him, we'll see him back here after labour day 2014
Wait a minute, since there is a major difference in Canada and in the CFL (and before too long in much of the US such as in Washington and Colorado already) and in the NFL and in the US in general between the use of marijuana and the use of performance-enhancing drugs, is it really true that Browner could not return to the CFL even if he wanted to do so?
Please advise if that is truly the case in the CFL due to a 'Ricky Williams' rule'? Much has changed with such testing and enforcement since those days of Ricky Williams.
What a shame if Browner can't play in the CFL again, and what a shame for the NFL already.