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.