Ever since the news came out that Brandon Browner somehow violated the league's substance abuse policy, it's unbelieveable how people ripped him to shreds. Fans simply won't stop chastising him. Trust me, I understand how he is a multiple time offender. If he is found guilty. But honestly, who knows what's going to happen in the appeal process. Some say that Browner is just delaying the inevitable, while others believe that he could come out of this as a victim. Either way, this doesn't give us the right to destroy Browner in the process.
When news first came out, I was just as hurt and felt completely betrayed. Especially because it came out so soon after Thurmond. And because it came out literally a year after the adderall incident. But, over time, when people started to talk about how Browner will probably never suit up for the Seahawks again because of his groin injury and this incident, I began to think how this might be the beginning of the end of this amazing Seahawk team. Although I haven't looked that much into contract situations, I know that multiple key players have their contracts up after this year or the next. I also don't know that much about our cap room, but I would be surprised if we were able to keep all of our superstar players. I'm sure that guys like Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson or even K.J. Wright, Earl Thomas and Golden Tate will be offered an absurd amount of money by other teams. And honestly, they might have to accept less money if they all want to stay Seahawks. In this day and age, I don't see too many players accepting less money to stick with one team either. I've heard time and time again how much players love playing for the Seahawks and we've seen guys like Antoine Winfield come in for less money simply because they want to play for this team. But will those feelings still be there when millions of dollars are sitting in front of them to leave the Seahawks?
Anyways, I'm getting off topic. With Browner getting potentially busted, the original Legion of Boom could be breaking up. The group of Sherman, Thomas, Chancellor and Browner has brought so much swagger to this defense and to this team that it would be tough to see any one of them go. I couldn't help but feel nostalgic when David Hsu started posting pics of the L.O.B. together and videos of Browner absolutely destroying guys on his Twitter. When it comes down to it, Browner added a whole new level of toughness to this defense. And I think Sherman put it best on his Twitter a couple of days ago:
"He without sin shall cast the 1st stone... Some ppl usually forget."
I don't want to get all biblical but it's true. We can't all judge Browner on one mistake that he made; if he even made a mistake. We've all made mistakes and just because Browner is a professional athlete doesn't mean we can give him that much more crap for it. I'm not trying to make up excuses for him because I still think he's made a really stupid mistake whether he did something or not because either way, he's in a really bad situation right now. But I still love the hell out of him and I love what he's brought to this team since he's been here.