Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner did not get to join the team at the Super bowl, owing to his one-year suspension by the NFL for violating the league’s drug policy, but that won’t stop him from earning a share of the rewards.
According to a report by Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Browner recently got a check for $131,000 – most of it coming as a bonus for being a part of a winning Super bowl club.
The reason that Browner gets paid is because of stipulations in the collective bargaining agreement.
“Browner was entitled to the money based on the language of Article 37, Section 4(c), which provides that “[a] player who at the time of the game in question is not on the Active List or Inactive List of a Club participating in the game but was on the Active or Inactive List for eight or more games (i.e., regular or postseason) will receive the full amount designated . . . for such game provided he is not under contract to another Club in the same Conference at the time of the game in question.”
So essentially because Browner played in at least eight games he is entitled to the proceeds, however he was not eligible for bonuses from the divisional round vs. the Saints. That one’s over my head so don’t ask. Browner’s suspension followed a positive test for marijuana. He appealed on the grounds that he was not properly notified that he had to be tested despite not playing in the league over a certain period of time, but in December that appeal was denied. He was replaced at cornerback by Byron Maxwell, who played exceptionally well and picked up four interceptions in four games.
Commissioner Roger Goodell has stated recently that the NFL may reconsider its stance on medical marijuana, but any changes are likely still a long way off.
Browner also will get a Super bowl ring – that decision is entirely at the discretion of the team’s. The reaction to the article is mostly negative, with several commenters calling Browner a cheater and a drug addict.
What do you say, 12s? Is it fair that Browner gets a cut from the Super bowl or not?