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Seattle left sleepless over rash of NFL drug infractions

Seahawks have an unenviable record in disciplinary matters

Seattle defensive back Richard Sherman narrowly avoided falling foul of the NFL's drug policy, winning his case on appeal. Kevin C. Cox / AFP
Seattle defensive back Richard Sherman narrowly avoided falling foul of the NFL's drug policy, winning his case on appeal. Kevin C. Cox / AFP

The Seattle Seahawks lead the league in a welcome category, victories, but also an unwanted one. During the past three seasons, seven Seahawks players were judged to have violated NFL drug policies, the most of any team in that span.

The latest offenders are Walter Thurmond and repeat offender Brandon Browner, both cornerbacks. And fellow cornerback Richard Sherman only avoided a ban when he successfully appealed a flaw in the sample-collection process.

The most commonly used banned substance among Seattle’s scofflaws reportedly is a stimulant available by prescription to treat hyperactivity. Browner also is said also to have tested for marijuana and is staring at a one-year banishment that could damage his career. The epidemic reflects poorly on the franchise and fourth-year coach Pete Carroll, even if they seem to be taking preventive measures. A “life-skills consultant” with expertise in substance abuse was hired.

The infractions have piled up so high that any Seattle title will be viewed suspiciously by fans and peers, much like a bulked-up baseball slugger is when amassing home runs. Seattle would do well to heed the words of wide receiver Golden Tate, who said of Thurmond and Browner on an area radio station, “You are affecting more than yourself. I feel like that was kind of a selfish move on both those guys’ part.”

You’ve heard of the golden rule? The Seahawks should abide by the Golden rule.

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