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Cushing vote doesn't change

Posted on: May 10, 2010 7:31 pm
 


My vote isn't changing.

The Associated Press, which conducts the voting for the NFL's yearly awards, has decided to have a re-vote for the Defensive Rookie of the Year Award, based on the news that winner Brian Cushing tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug last September.

As one of the 50 voters, I voted for Cushing last December and that vote stays. If Cushing did indeed fail the test, it means he was tested the rest of the season by the league, which means he was clean.

He played clean.

So he wins the award.

Maybe he played a game or two with the substance, but what was the substance? Nobody knows for sure. Why did his appeal play out so long?

Aren't we racing to accuse this kid? If you have to take away awards given to players in the NFL who have taken some sort of illegal substance, we'd have to take away a lot more than just this award.

Should Brett Favre lose some of his gaudy numbers and his consecutive-game streak for using Vicodin to play? Should Shawne Merriman give back his Defensive Rookie of the Year Award from 2005 because he he tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug the next season?

This is a rush to judgment. Let it play out. Let the league decide his fate. And even then, I'm not changing my vote.

This is a bad precedent for AP. A vote is a vote.

What's next? Taking away the New Orleans Saints' Super Bowl victory if it's proved that coach Sean Payton did indeed use Vicodin illegally, which is being alleged?

Brian Cushing got my vote last December and he still has it.

 

 

 

 

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Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: May 12, 2010 11:28 pm
 

Cushing vote doesn't change

"This is a bad precedent for AP. A vote is a vote."
This is a bad precedent for AP voter (i.e. YOU).  Rewarding a cheater is the biggest problem with sports these day and a bad example for kids.



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2010 11:05 pm
 

Cushing vote doesn't change

I agree with some of your stuff, disagree with some of your stuff, but how in the world can you justify voting for a player that you know beyond reasonable doubt cheated? I just don't get it.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2010 1:54 pm
 

Cushing vote doesn't change

1. Because his results were "low" does nothing to dispell the agurment that he was using hCG to come off a cycle and, unless he has a cancerous tumor, his body would not be producing amounts sufficient to reach even that low level naturally.

2. That's like saying I could not have smoke pot in January because I passed a drug test last week.  And furthermore, I've never stated that Cushing was using during the season. He failed his test in Septembe and was notified of that failed test immediately. It would have been incredibly stupid for him to continue to use during the regular season since he knew he would now be subject to a harsher testing regimen as a result of the failed test. That's like saying I could not have smoke pot in January because I passed a drug test last week.

3. The NFL Combine was in February 2009.  His failed test was in September 2009.  That leaves 7 months to cycle and cleanse, more than enough time for someone who is motivated.  Cushing was dealing with injury last summer. My guess is he cycled for a month (well into the offseason), finished up the cycle with hCG to get his natural testosterone flow back in order, and flushed with the expectation that he would be clear by the time testing rolled around.  Apparently he gambled wrong about the efficacy of the flush.

The only other excuse for having elevated hCG in your system, other than a tumor, would be if he was having fertiility problems and trying to conceive.  That would require a prescription, and also a wife to impregnate - of which he has neither. 

And I think we are beyond the argument that that hCG is not a performance enhancer, we all understand why hCG is popular with people taking steroids and test.




Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2010 12:05 pm
 

Cushing vote doesn't change

Pyro read my lasy comment. He tested for elevated levels of a hcg, which is a drug that steroid users knowingly use to offset the nasty side effects that roids have on your bawlz, among other things.  Manny Ramirez was suspended by MLB for just having a prescription to this drug, meanwhile Cushing tests positive for it.  You can buy the spin that he and the Texans will try to put on it, but the writing is right there on the wall for you to read.


Read all that about hCG, Burger. The problem with your theory is this:

1. He tested for low level of hCG. To the extent that last year it would NOT have gained him a suspension
2. He was tested numerous/randomly during the season and passed every test.
3. There is also testing at the combine which was clean as well

So yes hCG can be used in adjunct with steroid (which I had already written) but there is no proof other than over active minds of fans that this has taken place. You say the writing is on the wall to be read yet neglect the fact he continued to be tested during the season and passed all those tests.

Now did he take a banned substance in some form or another? Yes and deserves the ban for that because the rules are the rules. But all this roids talk is premature because there is nothing to back up that claim. hCG is on the bannable list due to the fact it can be used as an adjunct to steroid but in itself, it is not a performance enhancer. It can be used also in the manner of weight control so unless you are Brian Cushing you have no idea what reasons he may have taken it. What you actually know factually is he passed all the tests during the season and that his levels of hCG were very low.

Doubt anyone is saying he shouldn't have been suspended. But all the talk that he played last season on steroids has been proven premature at this point with the information given and learned.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2010 9:46 am
 

Cushing vote doesn't change

What is your point?  Even if he took it for weight loss, it is a banned substance and merits a 4 game suspension. 



Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: May 11, 2010 8:14 pm
 

Cushing vote doesn't change

also i just wanted to add a repuable link showing how HCG can be used by a male for weight loss purposes (maybe taken around combine time to get rid of a couple lbs for weigh ins which is possible because the ammount that was detected was extremely low)

http://health.howstuffworks.com/hea

lth-illness/wellness/physical-fitne

ss/weight-loss/hcg-diet.htm



Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: May 11, 2010 7:55 pm
 

Cushing vote doesn't change

you abviously didn't notice he was in a lot better shape in the pics from HS (Body fat wise). Lots of men are cursed with map titties with the slightest increase of body fat. Unfortunatly i'm one of them. When I'm in my racing shape (Cat 3 Road Cycling Racer) at around 6% body fat i don't have any indication of man boobs, but during the winter when i got up to 7 - 8% body fat I almost feel like i should wear a training bra. Unfortunatly that was the genetics i was cursed with. And yea i definatly have never used steroids, i mean why would i want to gain weight for racing bicycles? EPO is what its all about there :p



Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: May 11, 2010 7:47 pm
 

Cushing vote doesn't change

It wasn't a high level.. it was actually an extremely low level of HCG which the year before wouldn't of even been considered positive. Also HCG is not only used to finish off the cycle of steroid use, but also as a weight loss agent.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2010 7:28 pm
 

Cushing vote doesn't change

Pyro read my lasy comment. He tested for elevated levels of a hcg, which is a drug that steroid users knowingly use to offset the nasty side effects that roids have on your bawlz, among other things.  Manny Ramirez was suspended by MLB for just having a prescription to this drug, meanwhile Cushing tests positive for it.  You can buy the spin that he and the Texans will try to put on it, but the writing is right there on the wall for you to read.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2010 5:23 pm
 

Brian Cushing

The last thing I had heard was that it was a NON STEROID banned substance. If that's the case they shouldn't be taking anything away from hiim. Plus with the league saying he can't be a Pro-Bowl player next season? That's never happened before and I feel if he outplays everyone at the position after he test clean then he should DESERVE to be in the Pro Bowl.

I JUST saw it scroll on ESPN that he tested positive for a high level of something that the body makes naturally. I missed what it was actually called and it hasn't scrolled across again. Adam Schefler reported it to them.


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