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Report: Seahawks could be fined by NFL for PED player violations

Post by Eric Williams on May 20, 2013 at 5:08 pm with 20 Comments »
May 20, 2013 5:08 pm

Steve Wyche writing for the league’s web site reports that the Seattle Seahawks could be fined by the NFL for multiple players being suspended in a season for violating the drug, steroid or personal conduct policies.

“There are financial consequences for a team that has multiple players suspended in a season under those policies,” league spokesman Greg Aiello said.

According to the report, Seattle could fall under the league’s remittance policy since multiple players recently have been suspended for violating the league’s policy on banned substances.

By rule, the Seahawks would be fined a portion of the salaries of the players that have been suspended based on an agreed-upon formula, according to the report.

Seattle has had a league-high seven players suspended for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs during head coach Pete Carroll’s tenure.

Although cornerback Richard Sherman had his penalty reversed because of a chain-of-custody issue during the collection of his urine sample.

“We have to figure this out and try to help through education, and through all of the ways we can,” Carroll said. “And we’ll always compete to find more creative ways to make the message clear.”

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  1. The NFL just trying to make an example out of Seahawks. They the NFL doesn’t like the Hawks anyway. Pete get control of this team and don’t make us look like the laughing joke of the league. The NFl don’t want u to win the SB. Go Hawks!!!

  2. sluggo42 says:

    Just great

  3. Dukeshire says:

    And the hits just keep on coming.

    This has nothing to so with the league liking Seattle or not. These rules are in place and are not administered indiscriminately. Seattle’s doing this to themselves.

  4. montanamike2 says:

    Well i guess “us against the world” just got real.

  5. GeorgiaHawk says:

    What about the Redskins then?

  6. Let’s hope that all this serves as the necessary wake up call & that we have a clean season from a suspension standpoint from here on out. We can only shoot ourselves in the foot so many times before it ends up haunting us.

  7. Just read through the long chain of comments on the Wyche article, and it fires me up big time! I don’t care what the punishment is. Next man up and let’s go rub their noses in it.

    Go Hawks!

  8. Strategicdust says:

    This is not a time for bravado about us against the league. This is a time to ask why this is not being taken more seriously and addressed with consequences. This is not the time for a breezy Pete Carroll saying we’re doing all we can and more, this is a time to say whatever we’re doing is not enough. And that will change as of now. The word “compete”should not have been in any of his comments.
    Don’t let the thought of a winning team cloud what should be done. Get your ship corrected right now, Pete.

  9. pabuwal says:

    I think Carroll has this under control now. It’s been 3 days since a player has been busted for PEDs.

  10. ryanryan says:

    until i read this post i couldn’t help thinking that irvin had hurt himself for the most part. he REALLY needed the extra playing time with clem out, but he took it away from himself. with all of the personnel activity at his position the team will be just fine without him on the field.

    i didn’t know the hawks could be fined like this, at least it is money that would have been paid out to players and not a ‘cap fine’.

  11. HonHawksLSB says:

    Is anyone else getting a bad feeling about this season? Maybe we are 1 yr away?

    Last year we we’re pretty much injury free until the postseason and Kam and Red played through nicks.

    I just don’t want the city of Seattle to miss out on yet another ring. Can’t take it…

  12. FairbanksDoug says:

    Seriously, I beleive Carrol and company do have this under control. Exercising more control at this point will also be losing out on some of the good parts that make up the composition of this team. They are all adults, Irvin has been justifiably penalized and acceoted it. The team is well aware of the penalties going forth. All these guys are so competitive, I am sure the team will step up and start policing themselves. None of the core of our team, or any one on the team wants that asterix hanging on what ever they walk away with at the end of the season. They are a team, a damn good team. I wouldn’t expect it here, but when I was in the military, we had methods of dealing with people/soldiers that might stray and compromise the integrity of the unit. WE ARE PROUD OF THEM, AND EVEN MORE SO THEY ARE PROUD OF THEMSELVES AND WHAT THEY ACCOMPLISHED AS A TEAM.

  13. this hasn’t gotten me too stressed big-picture wise, but enough already. I realize all these things coming up now are from incidents in the recent past, and you can only fix things prospectively, but hopefully Carroll, and also the team leaders, are saying the right things to each other w/in the locker room. Can’t have any more of this.

    It’s a pain in the a– to read all the comments on and elsewhere, but they will blow over and amount to nothing once the games start.

  14. If the media (and the fans) were really serious about this, they would find out what the teams that have no suspensions are doing right or differently. Rather than wring their hands and accuse everyone in sight of generalities, they would ask John Schneider to address specifically:
    1) What the Seahawks do, in detail, to prevent players from using PEDs. If we “go beyond” what the rest of the league does, then tell us specifically, how do we do so?
    2) Who among the other teams in the league has the “best practices” for preventing use of PEDs, and what are those practices, specifically?
    All we hear now is people spewing out blame without reference to what teams are actually doing. Furthermore, there is no distinction being made between preventing PED use and rehabbing guys who’ve been caught. For example, we may be going beyond what the rest of the league does only because we’ve had more people caught who need to be rehabbed.
    3) Schneider needs to address this because Pete is not adequately schooled in damage control public relations. In addition, Pete needs to focus all his attention on the field right now. Ultimately, preventing PED use is a full-team effort. Pete needs to do his part, but someone who can speak clearly and credibly in a calm way is needed represent what the team is doing. If the team is indeed doing everything it can and more than the rest of the league, then it finally does rest on the individuals. You’ll never convince the haters that you’re doing enough, but you need to be convincing to all of your well-wishers that you’re doing everything you can. NET: Be specific and transparent, and make sure you know the best practices.

  15. VNHLNFAN says:

    I wonder what paul allen thinks?

  16. Well we are extrememly deep right now – if there is a guy that is helping the other players get it , then chop/chop.

    Solves problems – trouble out of Locker room. message sent.

  17. When you see a run on something like this and it is team specific it can be a result of an upgrade in testing procedures. In other words the guys are getting caught because of how they were not getting caught in Seattle no longer works.
    One might think “then why not any other teams?”. It’s procedural. Think about the East Germans. Think about the NASCAR teams who bend every rule to peak results. This is a fox hunt, sometimes the fox gets treed and the hounds really get loud.
    My perspective does not exonerate or condone the problem or individual responsability. The view I share comes from conversations with a former crew chief for the USOC who was constantly taxed with finding ways to beat the “cheat” with new tests. If you think the NFL is slick try the International Olympic scene.
    Petes words become clearer from this viewpoint don’t they?

  18. chuck_easton says:


    Three of the Redskins player suspensions were for violation of the substance abuse policy. Can’t speak to the other 4, but three were for not knowing when to stop using the old mary jane.

  19. Dukeshire says:

    That link was in response to Georgia’s comment above.

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