Rejoice, legionnaires of boom! Former Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner has been reinstated by the NFL. Using the twitlonger service, Browner released the following statement just moments ago:
I received wonderful news today. The NFL has reinstated me, and I now have
the opportunity to prove to the fans and my teammates how important this
sport is to me. I realize now more than ever that being part of the NFL is
not a right, but a privilege. I am grateful that Commissioner Goodell and
my agent were able to resolve this issue in a positive, productive manner so
I can continue my career, provide for my family, and help my team win a
Super Bowl. Thank you to all who have gone out of their way to show their
support. I will live up to your expectations of me.
Back in December, Browner was suspended for one year for violating the NFL’s drug policy after testing positive for marijuana. However, Browner filed a lawsuit against the league recently alleging that he was not properly informed of his testing status while playing in the CFL.
You may disagree with Browner’s personal choices, but the fact that the NFL reinstated him with the lawsuit looming proves that they had no legal legs to stand on in my mind. Browner’s contract with the Seahawks expired at the end of the 2013 season, so in seven days he will be free to sign with any NFL team.
He will likely have to serve at least a four game suspension for the positive test, but his career is now back on track. Congratulations to Mr. Browner!