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.