Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 11/15/14
Bruce Irvin suspended.   Seattle’s Secondary Professional athletes across all sports have been using performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) for many years now. It’s an issue that has yet to be dealt with properly and it has been a source of drama and negative attention for the Seattle Seahawks. Most recently, Seattle Seahawks’ defensive end Bruce Irvin was suspended for the reported use of Adderall in May. Irvin will miss the first four games of the regular season that includes a Week 2 matchup with the San Francisco 49ers in Seattle on Sept. 15. Irvin is the sixth Seattle player to be suspended for violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policies since 2010. Cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner were both suspended in 2012 for Adderall, although Sherman’s suspension was later overturned on appeal. Earlier suspensions include guard John Moffitt, offensive tackle Allen Barbre, and defensive back Winston Guy. Even not counting Sherman’s overturned suspension, that still makes the Seahawks the leading NFL team when it comes to such suspensions since 2010. Not a very flattering record to hold. “This is a challenge — it’s a challenge for us, and it’s a challenge for the league,” said Pete Carroll during a press conference on May 20. No kidding. Since 2010 there has been 50 suspensions in the NFL for the use of PEDs. There are only ten teams in the NFL who have no PEDs related suspensions. Last Tuesday San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh was asked about Seattle’s issues with PEDs suspensions at the end of the first day of his team’s minicamp. “We want to be above reproach in everything and do everything by the rules,” Harbaugh said, “Because if you don’t, if you cheat to win, then you’ve already lost.” Harbaugh and Carroll have been fierce rivals since their time at Stanford and USC respectively, and Harbaugh’s comments could possibly be interpreted as a dig at Carroll and his NFC West rivals (see full comments here). Brandon Browner certainly took exception to Harbaugh’s words. In an interview with Sports Radio KJR, Browner unloaded all of his feelings where the 49ers head coach is concerned. “At the end of the day we gotta win football games,” said Browner, “He’s a coach. He’s never gonna be out there lined up against me. I wish he would; I’d put my hands around his neck.” Browners comments are what really brings this story to a head, and his attitude is something that needs to be addressed by the league. Certainly, as a professional athlete winning is indeed everything and Browner’s win-at-all-costs attitude may be effective in motivating himself and his teammates. However, when the cost of winning is a players integrity, winning doesn’t mean as much as when you do it honestly. Every fan wants to see their team win championships. The Seahawks are in prime position to win the Superbowl this season. But if even one player on the Seahawks roster is using PEDs, then every win they get would be illegitimate. And if the Seahawks do go on to win the Superbowl then the sweet taste of victory will be soured by accusations of key players who cheated their way to the Vince Lombardi trophy. PEDs have no place in an athletes body. If a team isn’t good enough to win fair then they don’t deserve to win at all. The NFL needs to take drastic measures to eliminate the use of PEDs for good. The current NFL policy says that first-time violators would receive four-game suspensions. The penalty doubles for second-time violators. Third-time violators face suspensions of at least 12 months, subject to reinstatement at the commissioner’s discretion. Players suspended under the policy for any length become ineligible for the Pro Bowl or any other NFL Players Association honors. That’s a good start but it needs to go further than that. The NFL needs to show absolutely zero tolerance for cheating. First-time violators should be banned for 12 months, without pay, and be required to take more frequent tests for banned substances after they have served their suspension. Second-time violators should be banned from the NFL for life. That’s mucho harsh. Maybe even excessive. However, the alternative is watching football, America’s favorite sport, become plagued with cheaters while everyone stands by and watches. What do you think about my suggestions for players who violate the NFL’s banned-substance policy? How do you feel about athletes who use PEDs? Tell me what you think in the comments section below and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @elysasanchez.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Brad Stevens: LeBron 'looks like the MVP to me'

Le'Veon Bell tees off on Mel Kiper Jr. over Twitter

Report has McCoy headed to Bills, Rosenhaus says no deal

Murray would reportedly give Cowboys hometown discount

Report: Giants ‘considering a run’ at Ndamukong Suh


Darnell Dockett reportedly visiting 49ers on Tuesday

David West on Brian Shaw being fired: ‘That’s bulls–t'

Hamels trade talk motivating Red Sox pitching staff

Spiller: EJ Manuel learned not to be 'buddy buddy' with everyone

Yankees fire employee over Curt Schilling's daughter tweets

Ravens settle grievance, pay Ray Rice $1.6 million

Lupul, Phaneuf, Cuthbert threaten lawsuit against TSN

Report: Adrian Peterson has trade list of five preferred teams

Murphy disagrees with Billy Bean’s homosexual 'lifestyle'

Trent Cole has ‘no respect’ for Eagles after release from team

Ronda Rousey lands free ticket to Pacquiao-Mayweather bout

Report: Celtics to pursue Love, Monroe and Gasol this summer

Trying to solve the Alex Guerrero problem

Mets to host families of slain NYPD officers at spring training

Teams that should be on NCAA Tourney upset alert

SpongeBob SquarePants: The newest NASCAR race sponsor

Winners and losers of the NHL trade deadline

Andrew Luck shaved beard, left mustache

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Spiller: EJ Manuel learned not to be 'buddy buddy' with everyone

Ten most underrated NFL free agents

Five potential landing spots for Andre Johnson

Texas-Baylor fight leads to 7 ejections

Mark Cuban will be Prez in 'Sharknado 3'

Report: Redskins interested in Suh

Report: Revis likely to hit free agency

Steve Spurrier joins Twitter

MJ makes Forbes billionaire list

Nick Young fires back at Robert Flores

Sad LeBron literally looks in mirror after loss to Rockets

MLS 2015 season preview

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.