Photos: Meet the seven most recent Seahawks accused of using performance enhancing drugs
When people saw Seahawks star Richard Sherman's crazed rant after Seattle's victory over the 49ers on January 19, many probably wondered, "What is he on?" Turns out Sherman has been accused of using performance-enhancing drugs, but his suspension was nixed on appeal. Plenty of his teammates haven't been as lucky, though: The other six Seahawks charged with PED gobbling have been suspended, including a number who'll be playing in Sunday's Super Bowl. Meet them below, complete with photos and memes highlighting Seattle's pill-popping rep. Number 7: John Moffitt
From NBC Sports, December 6, 2011: "Seahawks rookie offensive lineman John Moffitt has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
"Moffitt was already on injured reserve and wouldn't have played in the final four games of the season anyway, so the suspension effectively just means he'll be fined four weeks' pay."
The fallout: Moffitt was traded to Cleveland this past August, but that transaction fell through -- so Seattle instead dealt him to Denver (!). But in November, he retired from football, reportedly over health concerns.
Number 6: Allen Barbre
From ESPN, May 23, 2012: "Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Allen Barbre was suspended for the first four regular-season games by the NFL on Wednesday for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances.
"Barbre is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games."
From NFL.com, November 20, 2012: "Seattle Seahawks rookie safety Winston Guy has been suspended for four games without pay for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
"The league announced the suspension Tuesday. He will begin the suspension immediately and will be eligible to rejoin Seattle's active roster Dec. 17."
The fallout: The Seahawks waived Guy this past August. He was promptly claimed by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Number 4: Richard Sherman
From Sports Illustrated, December 27, 2012: "Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman tweeted Thursday afternoon that he won the appeal for his test of performance enhancing drugs. Sherman was at risk of being suspended for four games if he had lost the case. The NFL also tweeted the news on Thursday.
"Sherman said earlier this week that he would likely sue the NFL if his suspension was upheld, according to a report from ESPN."
The fallout: Sherman subsequently was quoted as saying that half the players in the league take Adderall. But his brush with PED-related suspension certainly hasn't hurt him from a publicity standpoint.
From the Seattle Times, May 18, 2013: "Bruce Irvin, Seattle's first-round pick a year ago, has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the team announced Friday.
"Irvin will not get paid for the first four games -- amounting to around $192,000 in lost salary -- but can still participate in all offseason activities, including exhibition games."
Number 2: Walter Thurmond
From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, November 24, 2013: "The NFL has suspended Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond for four games for allegedly violating the league's substance abuse policy, according to reports, and plans not to appeal so that he can return in time for the playoffs.
"First reported by the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the news comes as a big blow to the Seahawks, who are already without cornerback Brandon Browner for several more weeks. Thurmond, who generally plays nickel cornerback, has been filling in for Browner while Browner sits out with a groin injury he suffered in Atlanta."
The fallout: Thurmond remains on the Seahawks' roster. This week, he made headlines after suggesting that a controversial play by Broncos receiver Wes Welker during last weekend's AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots was questionable even though the NFL has declared it legal.
From USA Today, December 13, 2013: "The NFL has suspended Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner indefinitely for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, the league said in a statement Wednesday.
"Browner, 29, technically is suspended for life based on his status in the drug program but can apply for reinstatement after one year, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the details were supposed to remain confidential."
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