In a surprising turn of events, after a month-long battle with the league Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman won his appeal with the NFL for allegedly violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Sherman confirmed the result via Twitter this morning.
“Thank you @nfl for upholding the truth! To the 12s Thank you your faith is rewarded! Thank you lord,” Sherman said via Twitter.
Sherman and his representatives argued that his tested urine sample was contaminated as a result of the second cup.
“There were mistakes made by the tester,” Sherman told reporters last week. “The league’s argument was that they are allowed to make mistakes, and they are allowed to break the rules. They can get away with it.
“It’s up to them. The appeal officer is paid by the league, so if it goes their way, that’s what it is. It’s not an even playing field in that appeal room.”
A spokesperson for the NFL said the league is reviewing the decision, but declined to comment at this time due to the confidentiality provision of the program.
Sherman’s positive result in the appeals process is a surprise because players rarely have the results on performance-enhancing drugs violations overturned.
Now that he has been cleared, the Seahawks will have both starting cornerbacks in Sherman and Brandon Browner available for the postseason.
Sherman would been Seattle’s fifth player in the past year suspended by the league for performance-enhancing drugs.
Browner is serving the final game of a four-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance this Sunday.
Browner will be eligible to return to the team on Monday and play in the postseason.
Seattle safety Winston Guy was suspended for four games by the league for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. Guy did not appeal the suspension. Guy’s agent said he tested positive for an over-the-counter substance that’s on the league’s lengthy list of banned substances players are tested regularly for.
Guy returned to the active roster this week.
Second year pro John Moffitt was suspended for four games without pay last December for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances.
According to Moffitt’s agent Michael George, his client was suspended for taking a drug used to treat hyperactivity, and that Moffitt did not pre-clear taking the drug with the league.
Offensive lineman Allen Barbre was suspended for the first four games of the 2012 season for violating NFL rules on performance enhancing substances.
The Seahawks released Barbre on Oct. 1, rather than sign him to the team’s 53-man active roster.