Well, if it's true, that's about as faultless an infraction as you could hope for. We'll just have to see how it plays out, though. The fact that he was already in the program suggests that he'd already tested positive on a previous occasion.
When you're in a program like this, you MUST make yourself reachable, 24/7. Period. He KNOWS that. They aren't many excuses for missing a drug test, random, or not. He's responsible for getting a contact point to the people who are conducting the testing. So, when he says it was all just a misunderstanding, who misunderstood? The test lab? I doubt it. As I said, he's solely responsible to make sure he's reachable, no matter where he is. And it's HIS responsibility to make himself available at any time. It's fairly equivalent to saying he's on parole.
I only jumped on this guy's case because I'm tired of reading/hearing about people that won't except responsibilty for their action. If this guy doesn't think the rules of the game are fair, perhaps he should have been a little more responsible and not violated the drug policy in the first place. I'm not taking anything back that I said about Brown before the story changed from "failed", to "missed" drug testing. He knows the rules of the game and he failed to follow them. He also knew the consequences and evidently, it wasn't important enough to him to do a simple thing like be available for a urine sample. As sad an unfortunate as it is, this guy will probably also fall into the majority of guys that "don't get it", and he'll fail, (or miss?) a drug test again and he'll throw away a career and millions of dollars because he'd rather smoke herb with the boys. I sincerly hope I'm wrong, but I doubt it.
Does anyone actually know what he failed the first time? I read somewhere that it was for blowing a .03, (way under the limit), and he's still kinda' po'd that he's in the program at all, which, if true, I agree with.
In my opinion, this whole "zero tolerance" movement is simply a means by which people don't have to use their damn sense in evaluating situations anymore. Kids arrested for squirt guns in school, 2-year old kid and his mother kicked off an airplane for saying "bye-bye plane" as their taking off, etc.
I know, wrong forum, so I'll stop.
You are already assuming (like you did before) that the lab didn't mess up the test times, locations, etc but you don't know, they could have or it could be Brown's fault. It's so easy to throw someone under the bus and take a hard stance on it without all the facts than it is to wait and be patient and see how it actually turns out and then form an opinion.
There were people calling him names, assuming he wouldn't appeal, assuming it was steroids, or pot, etc. After all of that, it appraently was none of those things and it was a miscommunication on one or both parties parts. Not knowing more facts is the reason to not blow it out of proportion and not throw Brown under the bus prematurely.
Maybe you don't want to accept it, but there is a difference between "failed" and "missed."
Above all of that, it still is unfortunate that it happened and hopefully it works out for the best.
I couldn't agree more that this is truely unfortunate for all. I too, hope that it works out and those of us that are "throwing him under the bus" are wrong. ...but I doubt it. I'd be extremely surprised, and disappointed, that the "system" didn't do a thorough job of investigating the circumstances before handing down the suspension. If they did, and they reverse this thing, they must be held accountable for messin' with this guys career. Let's see how it all plays out and hope for the best.
Is he even on the team?
83 Bennett, Drew WR2 6-5 206 8/26/78 7 UCLA
9 Berlin, Brock QB 6-1 215 7/4/81 1 Miami (FL)
34 Brown, Fakhir RCB 5-11 192 9/21/77 8 Grambling
80 Bruce, Isaac WR2 6-0 188 11/10/72 14 Memphis State
47 Buches, Steve TE 6-3 251 3/8/84 R Pittsburgh
I'm sure you're drug testing program and the NFL are quite different. By A long shot I'm sure. As your job is testing for illegal substances, the NFL test for banned and illegal substances. Banned substances which could be in something you take for a cold or headache, a banned substance could be a natural remedy. There are many things that you and I take as supplements that people in the NFL can't take. I know what I'm talking about because I know several people who've played in the NFL. All of them known players.
This situation seems to be a breakdown in communication, such as a new staff, or a time mix up. So before judging the facts wait till you have ALL the information.
Maybe I am being a bit too cynical. Perhaps today's atheletes have created this monster I've become. Too many Vick's, OJ's and Pete Roses tend to make a sports fan a bit cynical about the characters we follow. :x To hell with this, let's talk about football, I'll not comment on this again until after the appeal process.
OK, I know this is an OLD thread, but can't help myself...
For all the clueless defending the jackass Brown: I live down the street from where the F&%* Up USED to live... before he lost his house, that is. Brown is a LOSER with all CAPS!!! Mr. Screwup shouldn't ever be defended, here or anywhere else. He had a "monitor" parked outside his house almost all the time. He was constantly high. Never took care of his home, or family. In fact, saw him driving his big a$% vehicle with his two young kids in the back seat, higher than a kite. Seat leaned way back, arms stretched out over the wheel of his caddy, cap sittin askew on his dumb butt head, big gold pimp-lookn chain around his neck. Couldn't even figure out how to drive (Thank GOD!) just sittn there in the street with his innocent, adorable kids in the back seat... Can't say anybody on this street is sorry to see this jack___ leave!!!!
That's the REAL story; don't defend this jerk-off!!!!
You don't have to worry about anyone defending Fakhir Brown anymore.
I, as well as probably most of the people on this board, forgot he even existed. Especially after seeing Janoris Jenkins hold his own in his very first NFL game against a high powered passing offence, and seeing Cortland Finnegan do exactly what we paid him to.