Should the NFL Strip Brian Cushing of His NFL Defensive Rookie Award?

May 7, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

News broke today that the NFL has rejected an appeal by Brian Cushing, and the league has suspended Cushing for the first four games of the 2010 season, due to violating the league's steroids policy.
Cushing won the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award in a landslide vote. What is not yet known is when the initial steroids test was taken and when the NFL actually knew he had violated the drug policy. If Cushing appealed the decision as far back as February at the NFL Combine, then how long was he aware that he was in violation of the policy?
Just like Sammy Sosa and Mark McGuire before him, what now happens to Cushing and his award? Do we need to place an *** by his name to show that it is a tainted trophy?
Or would it be better to strip him of the award, and give it to the player that finished next in line in the voting. If that was the case, it would go to Buffalo Bills rookie safety Jairus Byrd, was tied Darren Sharper for the most interceptions in the NFL at nine, ...

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