The NFL has a wry since of humor.
On the day Seattle Seahwks cornerback Richard Sherman found out he won his appeal for allegedly testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, he also was “randomly selected” by the league to take a urine test this afternoon.
“That’s the way it works,” Sherman said, as came out of the bathroom. “You can bet I was paying attention today.”
Seattle fullback Michael Robinson, the team’s NFL Players Association union representative, said it was important for the players to have one of these appeals go in their favor.
“From more of a holistic point of view, it was big,” Robinson said. “The players need an appeal won like this, personally. It just showed that justice can be done for us in our favor, when all of the facts are laid out. As a player you just feel like the league is against you when it doesn’t work in our favor. But this time it did.”
Sherman said he was glad to have the whole ordeal behind him.
“My lawyer called me and told me,” Sherman said, when asked how he found out about the decision. “And then I told the guys, and they were pretty excited. The coaches were excited. It was a sigh of relief for the whole team, just to know that was done and over with. And we could move on from it.”
Sherman said he did have some anxiety about the entire process, even though he felt his case was strong.
“There was obviously a good amount of stress because you just don’t know,” Sherman said. “You know how strong your case is. You know how strong everything is. It was just great to finally get it over with, and get the win. And to just have that burden off your shoulders, and to be able to move on and try to make this playoff run with my guys.”