The NFL has officially announced Brandon Browner’s suspension:
Brandon Browner of the Seattle Seahawks has been suspended indefinitely without pay for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.
Browner’s suspension begins immediately.
What Pete Carroll said earlier in the day seemed to indicate the Browner news was about to spill.Before answering about Browner’s status, he asked the head media relations director if they knew anything for sure yet.
The Seahawks have been fine without Browner and should be going forward. Walter Thurmond returns from his suspension next week.
Two more things: Remember that Browner turned down a deal from the NFL during the appeal process. And, expect him to sue the league.
Browner just released a statement:
“I want to thank the Seahawks organization for the incredible opportunity they gave me when they took a chance on a player who was out of the NFL and playing in the CFL for 4 years. I also want to thank all of my teammates, coaches, trainers, staff and the 12’s for their support, respect, and friendship and for helping me grow into the player, father, and person I am today. I have been treated with nothing but first class by everyone associated with the Seattle Seahawks and for that I am forever grateful. Although I disagree with the circumstances surrounding my suspension, I accept responsibility for all of my actions and I apologize for any that causes any unflattering reflections of my family and the Seahawks. I believe in my innocence and will continue to fight with all legal resources available to me to. Go Hawks!!!”
His agent chimed in on Twitter:
As the great Revolutionary war Admiral J.P. Jones said when refusing to surrender to the British “I have not yet begun to fight” @bbrowner27— Peter Schaffer (@peterjschaffer) December 19, 2013
Also, here’s a link to the league’s substance-abuse policy, explaining the different stages. Browner committed a violation while in Stage 3, meaning he will be suspended for at least one calendar year. That’s why the “indefinite” language was used by the league. He can appeal to re-enter the league.
Browner’s possible reinstatement to the league following the suspension will be solely up to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
As you can see below, Ian Rapoport first reported the news.