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07 May 2010
According to Adam Schefter, Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has been suspended for the first four games of the 2010 NFL season for violating the league's steroid policy.
Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 07 May 2010
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10 May 2010, 4:59pm by
Wow, didn't see that coming, Lawrence Taylor arrested and Brian Cushing is on steroids. Next you'll tell me that Jamarcus Russell is a bust...
Woah, there, pardner. That's just crazy talk.
What is Shefter's source and why is it only 4 games? I'd make it 8 if I were commish.
It's only four games because that's the penalty for violating the substance abuse problem, as explicitly outlined in the CBA. The commissioner has no say over the length of this suspension.
Knew it was 4 games for first. One season for second, but i didn't know it was a part of the CBA.
Well then, I wonder if Fred Stengel knew anything about this when he was at Bergen... He's been on the stuff since HS
This isn't exactly shocking in light of previous rumors about him: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/2009/04/pete-carroll-denies-....
IIRC, one of the regular commenters here had been pretty certain that those steroid rumors about Cushing were true, and he had some decent reasoning behind that opinion. Hats off to you, commenter whose name escapes me!
Yes! Two internet thumbs up to the anonymous commenter whose screen name I cannot recall!
Guess its easier to be rookie of the year when you're juicing.
Boy these Defensive Rookie of the years sure like that juice...
Apparently, it isn't just for breakfast anymore....
Knew my gut was right, but the glowing writeups had me doubting the roids rumors.
He's suffering from CUSH-LASH!
"Just look at that pumpkin."
-John Madden, looking at the moon.
Glad to see he got caught, but anybody who doesn't think that the vast majority of NFL players dope in some way is crazy. It seems a little weird to punish this guy for a transgression that many other players are doing. Guess he should be smarter and not get caught next time.
Three words: The. Original. Whizzinator.
Works every time. Except at airport security.
I feel the same way every time someone on my team gets called for holding or illegal contact
This strikes me as very sad. I was not a fan of his coming into the draft because of all of the rumors of steroid use and the like, but after his rookie year I thought "dang, this guy is just an absolute stud. I'm off the 'roids bandwagon and on the 'I'm a fan of this guy' bandwagon."
But now all of that is destroyed. Depressing day.
Seriously dude. This is the NFL. The only difference between Cushing and 30 other linebackers in the league is that he got caught.
You really expect me to believe that Brian Cushing does steroids? I'm sure next you're going to try to convince me that Ricky Martin is gay. How gullible do you think I am?
PED policy in NFL is strange to me. Not nearly as much of a stigma as in other leagues. And the perception is that everybody does it. Pretty pissed that Cush got caught. By his own admission, he gets tested all the time and never failed one before. At least the Texans have a pretty easy first four games. Colts, Skins, Cowboys, Raiders... oh wait... Looks like another slow start to the season in Houston. We'll be lucky to escape that gauntlet at 2-2.
goign to start 1-3 or 0-4.no way going to beat Clots and Raiders. could maybe beat one of the nfc teams there (either redskins or cboys).
before and after pics. The steroid breasts are telling.
That's misleading. The before pic was taken right after his shoulder had been in a sling for months.
Inactivity usually results in atrophy. Not breasts.
yeah but fat ladies from trailler pakrs who go to wal mart at ngiht always seem to have big uns
Raiderjoe, what have we told you about trolling Walmart for dates?
in 2nd photo, was that a guy from Jersey Shore show on Mtv? never saw it but did see a couple photos in magaiznes and that look like one opf tge guys
To various commenters who claim that he was using before:
Until there is some sort of proof (i.e., a POSITIVE test) that he used before, you have to believe him--since the known facts back him up. From last year's combine until now, he has been tested multiple times. On the report I read a little bit ago on ESPN, it said that it was a NON-STEROID substance. I don't know if it will be announced, but I know that the Saints' K Garrett Hartley was suspended for the first four games last year, and he was very open about the "substance" that caused him to fail the test. IIRC, it was a med to help him stay awake on a long trip. He served his time, and that's been it. Now re: Cushing--if it's reported that it was a steroid/performance enhancer, mud-sling all you want--he will deserve it. If it comes out that the offending substance was some type of med, then you can speculate all you want--but it is close to slander. With the way the media works today, you can bet that the truth will come out.
I don't really have to believe anything.
1) Statements of opinion are not slander
2) Unless malicious intent is proved, damages are limited to actual harm: for example, if the Texans decided to cut Cushing because so-and-so in the FO comments said "It's a fact that Brian Cushing is a dirty, dirty 'roider." In other words, we can all slander Brian Cushing as much as we fucking want, because there are no damages.
3) you don't know what you're talking about.
4) A point made several times by PFT: Since the NFL keeps the specific test results confidential, a player can make up anything they want about what caused the positive test. Garrett Hartley could be lying a blue streak for all you know.
I love point 3.
Eh. That's the kind of point any radio jock gets plaudits for.
The thing I like it about it is its positioning, at #3, the least important rhetorical place in the series, surrounded by cogent arguments.
That is the reason I like it. It isn't that I am blown away by the stunning use of rhetorical devices in the sentence.
Thanks! That's the effect I was going for.
Until there is some sort of proof (i.e., a POSITIVE test) that he used before, you have to believe him--since the known facts back him up.
I see it differently. Had the rumors not began until after this positive test, then you might take them with a grain of salt. However, when there are rumors about a player using steroids and then later he ends up testing positive, I'm inclined to believe that those rumors were true.
you'll get a lot further with this campaign if you stop ordering people around.
...said Napoleon's second in command... (anyone remember his name?)
Napoleon was Pedro's second in command, but I can't remember that (paraphrased) quote.
"...it said that it was a NON-STEROID substance."
That doesn't necessarily mean it's not steroid related. Masking agents are sometimes the cause of positive tests, aren't steroids themselves, but indicate use. Unless a leak occurs, we won't know for sure what Cushing was busted for; But there's a chance he could honestly say it was a non-steroid substance, while still, essentially, being suspended for steroid use.
Exactly - Manny Ramirez was suspended for a non-steroidal substance, but that doesn't mean the substance wasn't directly related to steroid use.
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