Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is crying foul over his recently failed drug test. The NFL star is appealing his four-game suspension, claiming that his drug test for performance-enhancing drugs was contaminated.
Sherman failed his drug test after a urine sample was collected. However, Sherman claims that his original urine cup was punctured, prompting the lab technician to place a secondary cup underneath to collect any leakage.
According to the NFL player, the second cup’s seal was already broken before it was used to stop leakage for his cup.
Under collection rules, the seal on each apparatus must be sealed and opened in front of the patient to follow a proper chain of custody.
The sample collected ultimately found Richard Sherman to be in violation of the leagues rule against Adderall.
If the sample collector admits that the second cups seal was broken, it could be grounds to overturn the four-game suspension. Sherman could be required to take a second drug test, which would likely prove negative given his time to detox.
Sherman is allowed to play while his appeal is under consideration. League officials are expected to rule on his appeal in the coming week. Sherman’s appearance will be appreciated on Sunday night when the Seahawks take on NFC West rival San Francisco 49ers.
Do you think the chain of custody issue should lead to a reversal of Sherman’s four-game suspension?