VaporHawk wrote:NFL doesn't have to follow its own rules...
Actually they do when it comes to drug testing. If they were to ignoe a blantant testing error (if that is what really happened) than I could see this thing escalating in a lawsuit. DATIA (drug testing association) has explicit rules concerning Chain of custody. If a "fatal flaw" occured in the collection process, that would result in an invalid test and if action was taken against an employee based on this compromised test, this would open the company to legal action by the employee.
I can't speak for the true nature of the agreement on the chain of custody as it pertains to NFL rules, but in law - the chain of custody is everything.
This will come down to if the NFL wants to go through with the positive test findings based on the fact they could be wrong. I would suspect if enough doubt has been cast that the suspension should be overturned and Sherman shouldn't miss any games. Whether or not he actually took Adderall is besides the fact now; it's a lot like letting a criminal walk just because his Miranda rights weren't read to him. Or OJ who wrote a book about how "I would have done it" - all the facts look correct, but the test was clearly botched.
I would say the only argument would be if they really wanted Sherman was to have overwhelming confidence that there was no way that his sample could have been tainted; which would come down to the testing facility testifying to the fact that it was completely unreasonable to think that samples were mixed and/or contaminated. Since the NFL is not a court of law, the suspension could be upheld for that reason. But as a poster states, that leaves the NFL open to a major law suit - as the monetary damages resulting from a civil case would be overwhelming.
If I was Goodell, I'd say "Let's punt and re-examine our processes and suppliers" - meaning let's go beat up the testing facility for "Coug'n It"