According ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman argued in his appeal on Friday with the NFL’s brass that a broken cup is to blame for his positive test.
According to the report, Sherman claims that the cup containing his urine specimen was leaking. The collector responded by placing a second cup underneath it to capture any leakage.
Sherman stated that the second cup’s seal already had been broken before being used to stop the leakage from his cup. Since the second cup’s seal was broken, the chain of custody also was broken, therefore nullifying Sherman’s positive test for Adderall.
Schefter says Sherman and his representatives argued that his tested urine sample was contaminated as a result of the second cup.
Sherman is expected to play today against San Francisco. He is appealing a four-game suspension levied by the league for allegedly violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing substance policy.
There’s no timetable on when the NFL will announce a decision.