Brian Cushing’s Ban Upheld: Houston Texan Forced Roger Goodell’s Hand

August 19, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

When Houston Texans' linebacker Brian Cushing was notified in May of a failed drug test he took last September, he refused to believe the results came out correctly. There was no way the test could be right.
There must have been some mistake, Cushing thought.
Cushing vehemently denied testing positive for HCG, a fertility drug commonly used in conjunction with steroid cycles to help restart testosterone production. He said he never injected or digested any form of steroids and would stand by that conclusion.
In the end, though, it just didn’t matter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. A positive test is a positive test.
Per the NFL’s rules, Cushing became automatically ineligible for this season’s first four games after his positive test became public knowledge approximately three months ago.
Cushing appealed, but on Thursday Goodell upheld the suspension, which will keep the former USC Trojan out until Oct. 10 when Houston hosts the New York G...

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