Brian Cushing

Brian Cushing (above), doing World’s Strongest Man training.

Ralph Vacchiano, who covers the New York Giants for the New York Daily News, has the following to say about Brian Cushing’s joke NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award, and on the NFL:

It was a proud day for football writers everywhere on Wednesday when we made a strong statement on performance-enhancing drugs in the NFL. Given a chance to strip a convicted cheater of a coveted award, we let the world know our true feelings:

You want to take PEDs and play in the NFL? … No problem. Fine with us.

Of course, that’s not really what happened. It only looked that way when Brian Cushing, five days after getting suspended for testing positive for hCG (a hormone known to be used by steroid users at the end of a cycle), was renamed the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year in an unprecedented re-vote conducted by The Associated Press. He had received 39 of the 50 votes in the initial voting. This time, he only got 18, but it was still enough to win.

And when he did, it should’ve been a lesson to football writers that we should never again vote for league awards.

 With view like that, the NFL is likely to have Vacchiano’s press credential pulled, but we here certainly agree with him.

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Juicehead Brian Cushing (above).

“The question of how it got into my body is still unclear,” he said. “It’s something that I’m very personally concerned about, just the fact that how it’s there and what’s going to determine it from happening again, and that’s something we’re going to have to medically investigate.”


Texans linebacker Brian Cushing said Thursday that he neither injected nor ingested any banned substances, even though he tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug.Cushing was suspended for four games without pay last week for violating the NFL’s drug policy. His appeal was denied.

Cushing confirmed that he tested positive for HCG, a fertility drug that’s on the league’s banned substance list.


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Brian Cushing (above).

Finally an organization with some sense has stepped in to weigh in on Brian Cushing’s four game suspension from the NFL for HCG, a female fertility drug that steroid users take to jumpstart their shrunken testicles–an adverse effect of steroid use, and a substance healthy males would not take for any other reason.

WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) is asking a very important question today.  How could a player test positive for a banned substance in September, be allowed to play the season, and is then suspendedfor part of the next season in May?  This is an excellent question, indeed.  Had Cushing been banned at the appropriate time, there’s no way he would have won the NFL Rookie Defensive Player of the Year, a significant consequence of the late suspension.

Anti-doping experts said Wednesday that allowing Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing to play for an entire season after testing positive for a banned substance makes a mockery of the NFL‘s drug-testing program.

“It is so far beyond the pale that it negates the intent of the policy,” said Dr. Gary Wadler, an associate professor of medicine at New York University and an adviser to the World Anti-Doping Agency. “This guy gets tested in September and plays the whole season? He played so well he was named defensive rookie of the year? Then it is announced that he was taking a performance-enhancing drug? That doesn’t make sense.

“It makes a mockery of the anti-doping process.”

While Cushing is wrapped up in excuse filled double talk on why HCG was in his sysytem, Scott Siegel, body builder and convicted steroid user says there is no reason for the drug to be in the system of a male who is not using steroids.

“I have never heard of somebody just taking it just to take it,” said Scott Siegel, a former steroid dealer currently in Westchester County Jail. “Mostly everyone I know would be bodybuilders taking it after a cycle.”

Siegel, who played a steroid dealer in the 2008 film “The Wrestler,” said the drug is very common among steroid users.

Last year, Major League Baseball suspeneded Dodgers star Manny Ramirez 50 games for taking HCG.  WADA, famously known for their pursuit of Lance Armstrong, who failed a test prior to last year’s Tour de France because he did not immediately submit, and broke testing protocol, is doing the right thing.  As we begged the world to do yesterday, WADA is being inquisitive.  Now let’s see how resistant the NFL is with regard to reform.

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Are these reporters really that stupid?  Yes, they are. 

The AP decided to have a revote, in which Cushing finished five votes ahead of Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd. Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews received 12 votes, Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo three and St. Louis Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis one.

One voter wasn’t available to cast a ballot, and two voters abstained. In all, 19 voters switched from Cushing to another player, and one voted for Cushing after originally picking Byrd.

Read 1 especially dumb voter, from Texas, of all places.  Sure, he’s not invested in this:

“If I had known in January when we initially voted that Brian Cushing had tested positive for a banned substance, I might not have voted for him,” said Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and president of the Pro Football Writers of America. “However, Cushing won the award in January, and I don’t feel like we should revise history. I am concerned about the precedent.”

That’s great stuff.  Some moron from Texas is worried about precedent so he re-awards the award to the juice head.  And this guy is the president of the PFWA.  What does that tell you?  If this isn’t a rubber stamp in favor of steroid use in sports based on mumbo jumbo, then what is?

You know what?  The Texans can win all the awards they like, clean or dirty.  They can put a million guys in the Pro Bowl.  Just wake me up when they make the playoffs for the first time.

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Clean Mark Sanchez, with the game ball, next to roid freak Brian Cushing after game 1 of the 09 NFL season.

Brian Cushing has tested positive for HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin), the same drug that Manny Ramirez tested positive for last year, and was banned 50 games for by Major League Baseball.  Since steroids shrink one’s testes or gonads, the user will take a HCG, a female hormone that enlarges the shrunken testicles from the use of steroids.

Here’s my take: Cushing uses steroids that are very good and still below radar.  But up until the positive test, was using detectable HCG, almost exactly similar to the steroid/masking agent diet taken by Dodger Manny Ramirez.  You will read below how Cushing only tested positive once for HCG, but that doesn’t mean he is off HCG.  Also, a healthy man would really have no cause to take HCG if he was not masking the effects of steroid use.

“He had one low-level positive test for HCG in September, and then every test after that was negative,” the person said. “He has said he has no idea where the positive test came from.”


ESPN first reported Tuesday that the banned substance was human chorionic gonadotropin, which is widely taken by steroid users to help restart natural testosterone production. HCG can mitigate the side effects of ending a cycle of drugs. It’s also used to induce ovulation and treat ovarian disorders in women.Last year, Major League Baseball gave Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez a 50-game suspension for testing positive for HCG. The person familiar with Cushing’s case said medical experts have talked about a surge in HCG levels for a man after a workout or after ejaculation. However, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency spokeswoman Erin Hannan denied that.

“You would not see a natural spike of HCG after a workout or ejaculation,” Hannan told The Associated Press. “You would only detect it in urine by actually having taken it.”

In other news related to Cushing, it was announced that due to the suspension Cushing may be subject to lose $2.6M from his rookie contract.  I hope he loses the money and that his balls do not grow back.

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Brian Cushing (above), tossing the keg…something non juiceheads always do…

The Associated Press has announced they will re-vote on NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in the wake of Brian Cushing’s 4 game drug suspension.

Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing was voted NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year at the end of the 2009 season — part of The Associated Press’ annual awards honoring outstanding on-field performance.

However, as a result of Cushing’s violation of the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy and his admission that he took a “nonsteroidal” banned substance, AP is conducting a revote for defensive rookie and All-Pro outside linebacker honors.


“This is the first time we’ve encountered an issue like this,” said Lou Ferrara, AP’s managing editor for sports and entertainment. “Because these awards are based on on-field performance, we consider it necessary to review the matter and allow for a revote, especially after concerns were raised by many of our voters.”

Awesome news.  Way to be, Associated Press.

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