By John Boyle
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll isn’t allowed to say much of anything about the reported failed drug tests of cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman, but that doesn’t mean his players and their representatives can’t stick up for themselves.
On Monday night, Sherman proclaimed his innocence via Twitter, writing, “This is issue will be resolved soon and the truth will come out. Not worried” and on Tuesday Browner’s agent, Peter Schaffer, stood up for his client.
“Brandon Browner has no knowledge of how any illegal substance could have gotten into his system,” Schaffer said when reached by phone. “He is an outstanding person and a very good football player, and he takes tremendous care of his body and he is very careful with what he puts into it. We’re exploring all avenues to try and figure out how any substance out of the ordinary would be in his system.”
And contrary to prior reports that the players were notified of their failed tests in October, Schaffer said, “We got the notice from the league last week.
Schaffer said he can’t say anything specific about the appeals process, but said in general the appeals process starts within 20 days of that notification.
“I can tell you in general that when hearings of this nature happen they try to schedule them within 20 days of when the letter is sent, unless circumstances require them to take longer, the need for evidence experts and the like,” he said.
Asked if he thought this process could go on long enough to carry into next season, Schaffer said, “I can’t comment on the specifics of this one. It’s too early to tell what we’re going to need, what witnesses and evidence and experts are going to be required so there is no way to even guess at this point.”