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Cushing tested positive for same substance as Manny Ramirez

Although neither Texans linebacker Brian Cushing nor anyone associated with the NFL has said what, exactly, Cushing took to trigger a positive performance-enhancing drug test, a new report says he tested positive for human Chorionic Gonadotropin, or hCG.

That’s the same substance that got Manny Ramirez of the Los Angeles Dodgers suspended for 50 games during the 2009 Major League Baseball season, although Ramirez was reportedly suspended for receiving an hCG prescription, not testing positive for it.

Adam Schefter of ESPN was the first to report, via Twitter, that Cushing tested positive for elevated levels of hCG. According to Wikipedia, hCG is commonly used during and after steroid cycles to maintain and restore testicular size as well as normal testosterone production.

Schefter also Tweeted that hCG is in seminal fluid, and slightly elevated levels can be discovered in the event that a test occurs soon after ejaculation.

So perhaps that will be Cushing’s spin:  He had recently ejaculated at the time he was asked for a urine sample, and that’s why he came up positive.  But the bottom line is simple:  The league has decided that elevated levels of hCG are enough to constitute evidence of cheating, and the union has agreed.  So Cushing’s elevated levels of hCG were a violation of league rules, and he’ll have to serve a four-game suspension because he violated those rules.

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  1. Leroy'sButler says: May 11, 2010 9:38 AM

    Someone should have told Cushing that you’re going into the bathroom to urinate not jack.

  2. last starfighter says: May 11, 2010 9:40 AM

    Wait, he tested positive for moron?

  3. The Real Shuxion says: May 11, 2010 9:40 AM

    So perhaps that will be Cushing’s spin: He had recently ejaculated at the time he was asked for a urine sample, and that’s why he came up positive.
    ——————————————————
    They had a copy of juggs in the waiting room???

  4. Maddog says: May 11, 2010 9:42 AM

    Priceless. Female fertility drugs.

  5. Bob Loblaw says: May 11, 2010 9:44 AM

    No wonder it took him so long to fill up the cup. These drug tests are so confusing.

  6. hillsview says: May 11, 2010 9:45 AM

    Increased HCG is also found in men with testicular cancer

  7. BenRapistberger says: May 11, 2010 9:48 AM

    I hate that indications of PEDs are treated the same way as proof of PEDs. I absolutely hate it. It’s absurd.
    NFL Rule: Having an O produces something that indicates you may have done something that is sometimes done with steroids, so because we don’t know, you’re considered guilty. In the future, don’t orgasm. Ever. Because you don’t know when we’ll test you.

  8. Mr.T strikes again says: May 11, 2010 9:49 AM

    Yo leroy…it says ejaculated RECENTLY up to the time of urine sample…c’mon dude read the article first before you get smart with it
    He probably busted a nut the night before with his girl then took the urine sample the next day…leroyyyyyyyyy c’mon

  9. scrapdawg12 says: May 11, 2010 9:50 AM

    Anyone do a google search on Cushing? Him and Clay Matthews are all over the place with stories of doing roids. Just like I’ve found ones from Chris Johnson’s friends saying he’s a pot head as well.

  10. Bee_Arthur says: May 11, 2010 9:50 AM

    this is out of bounds. I’m telling the mods

  11. Bronkko says: May 11, 2010 9:51 AM

    he drank the urine of a pregnant woman.

  12. KnuckleBucket says: May 11, 2010 9:52 AM

    Don’t you think he would clarify before giving the sample exactly what they were looking for. Too funny…

  13. emperorchaz says: May 11, 2010 9:54 AM

    i bet his pee spray was like all over the place. that happens

  14. Krow says: May 11, 2010 9:54 AM

    Go for it Cush. You’ll be the toughest girl in the NFL.

  15. ryanleaf says: May 11, 2010 9:54 AM

    “He had recently ejaculated at the time he was asked for a urine sample…”
    -Please don’t ever use that word again… for some reason it makes me cringe like being screamed at by your dad that he’s about to make love to your mother…

  16. EverybodyGotAIDS says: May 11, 2010 9:55 AM

    Somewhere, in a Houston fertility clinic, a doctor is injecting Brian Cushing’s urine into a woman’s eggs.

  17. dbartdog says: May 11, 2010 9:58 AM

    So, they’re going to re-do the ROY vote…OK, good start. Now let’s start eliminating phony records…Homerun…Supes…they do it in the Olympics, it’s about time we catch up!

  18. Festivus says: May 11, 2010 9:58 AM

    So either he was on the juice or he just has really tiny balls.
    I’d go with the juice story Brian!

  19. Redskins_Fan says: May 11, 2010 9:58 AM

    Wow…. I thought you guys were trying to be a legitimate news site (or at least borderline). Rule number 1… NEVER cite Wikipedia… it is full of information and can be a good reference but no true journalist should cite it because 1) it can change immediately after you cite it and 2) it has not been verified….
    If you must use Wikipedia for research, read the article, then see who was cited in the wiki as a reference and go to the source…

  20. seatofmypants says: May 11, 2010 10:01 AM

    Schefter also tweeted that hCG is in seminal fluid, and slightly elevated levels can be discovered in the event that a test occurs soon after ejaculation.
    What if someone ejaculated in Cushing slightly before the test? What would happen to his levels then?

  21. Scheer1852 says: May 11, 2010 10:07 AM

    Maybe he’s a hermaphrodite and it was just that time of the month.

  22. Bill In DC says: May 11, 2010 10:09 AM

    If he was trying to elevate his testosterone levels to allow more muscle mass then he should be suspended. Period.
    His college teammates intimate pretty strongly that he has a history of ‘juicing’ to attain his size.
    Wonder if he will maintain the muscle mass now that he isn’t (presumably) juicing his Testosterone?

  23. Bullet says: May 11, 2010 10:12 AM

    This is rediculous!!! The AP is gonna take a revote on the Rookie of the Year award. Cushing tested positive for PED’s, not roids. He’s been takin the same stuff for 10 yrs and never tested positive. He tested positive in September and clean on every test afterwards, which means he played the majority of the season to the NFL’s standards of clean. On top of that, he got better and better each and every game. The AP will take the revote and Cushing will retain his trophy!

  24. Route36West says: May 11, 2010 10:14 AM

    HCG is also used to stop estrogen production after the use of steroids. You need to take it otherwise you will grow man boobs. And not fat guy man boobs like real ones.

  25. Lee C. says: May 11, 2010 10:20 AM

    Alex Trabek: “…According to Wikipedia…”
    Answer: “What is the phrase that signified that PFT had jumped the shark, Alex”
    Alex: Correct for our daily double…

  26. jasncondit says: May 11, 2010 10:20 AM

    The new NFL rookie symposium will address the don’t wack it or sack it before you are tested.

  27. ethan robert says: May 11, 2010 10:25 AM

    Next time they’ll send a male observer in with Brian to make sure he follows test procedures.

  28. MakingitRain says: May 11, 2010 10:30 AM

    What a crock of sh*t. Who gives a damn if an athlete takes HCG. This is more proof of how screwed up the NFL and the Union are. Players Union needs to stand there ground and have a lot of the substances removed from the banned list.

  29. realitypolice says: May 11, 2010 10:31 AM

    So the NFL caught Cushing jerking off. How much is that testing program costing the NFL per year? LOL
    Keep up the witch hunt, douchebags.
    Funny, they say they have to test because they don’t want cheating players being a bad role model for younger athletes. Yet the only time a younger athlete finds out that one of their “role models” is using PED’s is when they get caught. Ipso facto- no testing, no bad influence because they never find out that their heroes are using.
    Cue all the over-protective clucking hens ripping me for having my head in the sand, and competitive balance, and what about the Hall of Fame and the records, blah, blah, blah.
    I don’t have my head in the sand- I just don’t care. Sports are entertainment. They are not life. If you think any of this crap is important, you need to look in the mirror. These athletes hurt only themselves and they are big boys who can make grown up decisions.
    And if parents could be bothered to pay attention to their kids long enough to notice that Johnny gained 45 pounds in a year and has acne on his back, maybe that would be more effective than asking the NFL to do their parenting for them.

  30. Santonio'sBluntWrap says: May 11, 2010 10:32 AM

    There is no way Florio saw this before you posted it MDS. I can’t see him letting a Wikipedia reference fly. Really? Wiki?
    Most unprofessional.

  31. WarrenMoonGOAT says: May 11, 2010 10:33 AM

    so Brian was trying not to be Brianna

  32. realitypolice says: May 11, 2010 10:35 AM

    purpleguy says:
    May 11, 2010 10:24 AM
    So if he wasn’t using this drug as some sort of post-steroid recovery, what the hell was he taking it for, to make his balls bigger?
    ==========================
    If you had taken the time to read the whole article, you would see that is possible to test positive for an elevated level hCG if the tested is conducted shortly after ejaculation. So the test doesn’t technically prove anything other than that Cushing either jerked off or got laid in the hours before the testing, which is completely random and could have occurred first thing in the morning, shortly after one of those two things had happened.

  33. realitypolice says: May 11, 2010 10:37 AM

    seatofmypants says:
    May 11, 2010 10:01 AM
    What if someone ejaculated in Cushing slightly before the test? What would happen to his levels then?
    ===========================
    That’s funny.
    I think Florio just posted this article so the word “ejaculate” would appear on the page 100 times, thus making PFT come up higher in Google searches for porn.
    Can never get enough web hits, no matter the source.

  34. JoeSchmoe says: May 11, 2010 10:39 AM

    At first I was going to ask: So he has a vagina too?
    Then all this ejaculation talk… I don’t get it. Is he trying to say “hey my balls looked small on the visual test because I just busted a nut?” How does size of the testicles factor in to the test? I guess we all know Sam Cassell never took the juice.

  35. Count Sacula says: May 11, 2010 10:40 AM

    emperorchaz says:
    May 11, 2010 9:54 AM
    i bet his pee spray was like all over the place. that happens
    ___________________________________
    LMFAO!!! Good one!

  36. Jungle Juice says: May 11, 2010 10:40 AM

    Ironic that this page generates an ad to the right selling HCD products.

  37. GirthyOne says: May 11, 2010 10:42 AM

    Shockingly, what is missing here is the levels of hCG to get suspended exceed the levels with normal “action”.
    He’s a cheater. Lumping him in with Manny is appropriate. Yes, tons of others are cheating too. He’s just dumb enough to get caught.

  38. Cincyboy says: May 11, 2010 10:46 AM

    So when does Rapistberger test positive…? Plenty of ejaculate in his system.

  39. Herpderpin says: May 11, 2010 10:47 AM

    “Somewhere, in a Houston fertility clinic, a doctor is injecting Brian Cushing’s urine into a woman’s eggs.”
    5/5

  40. Whodey08 says: May 11, 2010 10:49 AM

    So I’m guessing after his “happy ending” he got some sad news @ his test

  41. PackAttackBackMan says: May 11, 2010 10:54 AM

    I miss LT, Ben, and Favre stories.
    At least then we get hooker, rape and bed wetting news…..
    Roids are a boring subject, the fact is: Most of these athletes are on something nowadays. I wish i had time to cite a source, but it is close to 80%…..
    Anywayyyy, speaking of roids, what do baseball and football have in common? Neither sport gets interesting until Sept….

  42. jj jones says: May 11, 2010 10:57 AM

    “Cincyboy says:
    May 11, 2010 10:46 AM
    So when does Rapistberger test positive…? Plenty of ejaculate in his system.”
    Actually, it’s in some skank.

  43. ethan robert says: May 11, 2010 11:00 AM

    Jay Glazer admitted using HGH to stimulate his growth as an undersized teenager.
    “But not after highschool”, Glazer averred. “Besides, they didn’t know a lot about it back then, and the doctor only injected it into my head”.

  44. NFLFollower says: May 11, 2010 11:03 AM

    To complete what I was saying, there are apparently anabolics out there that are not being picked up by the current tests. I hope nobody is shocked by this. And as an endnote, the amount of HCG in ejaculate is so very minimal, there is NO chance it would trigger a positive urine test. I promise you, that is a ridiculous claim, whoever put that out is considering the public ignorant and unwilling to obtain the facts.

  45. simple_simon1 says: May 11, 2010 11:12 AM

    realitypolice: “So the test doesn’t technically prove anything other than that Cushing either jerked off or got laid in the hours before the testing, which is completely random and could have occurred first thing in the morning, shortly after one of those two things had happened.”
    Please read my earlier post. You don’t understand how this works.

  46. realitypolice says: May 11, 2010 11:24 AM

    simple_simon1 says:
    May 11, 2010 11:12 AM
    realitypolice:
    Please read my earlier post. You don’t understand how this works.
    ==================
    This is the only post up under your moniker, so I don’t know what you are referring to.
    It’s possible I don’t fully understand how this works, I am basing my comments on the information available here, which is probably a mistake.
    Nothing you can say will change my opinion of drug testing in general or the NFL’s substance abuse policy in particular, so if that is your aim, don’t waste your breath.

  47. FreeAgentPro says: May 11, 2010 11:28 AM

    Does the NFL suspend if they find a prescription for testosterone , HGH, hCG, or other banned substance? Apparently MLB suspends based upon a written prescription, and not testing positive. That’s harsh.

  48. NFLFollower says: May 11, 2010 11:32 AM

    HCG is produced by blastotrophs in a very young fertilized embryo, it preserves the mother’s corpus luteum, which in turn continues producing progesterone, preserving the endometrium and preserving the pregnancy. Hence it’s use in fertility clinics.
    Now for it’s use in athletes:
    HCG is similar enough in structure to GnRH (Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone) that it will act @ the same receptor in the pituitary and will stimulate LH and FSH (just as GnRH normally does). LH and FSH (LH in particular) in turn stimulate the male testes to produce testosterone. HCG is ONLY taken for a very short period of time after an anabolic cycle which has suppressed normal testosterone production, to restimulate the testes. Basically to get them producing testosterone again. It is in the simplest terms possible, a “jump start”. Taken chronically, as some are suggesting, it would have the OPPOSITE effect as the GnRH receptors in the pituitary downregulate due to overstimulation and produce LESS LH and FSH, and hence LESS test. So we have established HCG is ONLY taken after an anabolic cycle to restore endogenous test production. It’s a “jump start”. There is NO other reason for a male to take it. Period.
    Also, the idea that recent ejaculation would produce large enough quantities of HCG in the urine to trigger a positive test is ridiculous and completely false. Don’t believe it b/c somebody puts it out there. That is completely untrue, please be discerning, don’t believe it b/c somebody tweeted it. Anybody in the field of endocrinoloy has to be crapping their pants they are laughing so hard at that claim. As I am.
    So basically Cushing was taking an anabolic that the current tests don’t pick up. Cue the shock and awe…..sarcasm.

  49. Maddog says: May 11, 2010 11:32 AM

    simple_simon1 says:
    May 11, 2010 11:12 AM
    realitypolice: “So the test doesn’t technically prove anything other than that Cushing either jerked off or got laid in the hours before the testing, which is completely random and could have occurred first thing in the morning, shortly after one of those two things had happened.”
    Please read my earlier post. You don’t understand how this works.-
    ———————————————
    He doesn’t want to understand. He wants an excuse for Cushing. Look at the f’ing guy.

  50. FreeAgentPro says: May 11, 2010 11:35 AM

    Florio ran this story so that ‘fertility drugs’ gets a google hit and attracts more female readers. Too bad they didn’t include the term ‘ moobs’ which also gets a lotta Google hits…lol

  51. Revis jets says: May 11, 2010 11:37 AM

    It’s obvious that schefter is working with cushing’s camp here . Yesterday, schefter tweeted that Cushing passed a lie detecter without providing any details.
    This morning schefter took it to a new level. When he reported this morning about the substance he was busted for, he only reported that is was a natural substance and it can be raised slightly also in a natural level and he didn’t even bother explaining why it’s banned and that it masks steroid use. Only a while later he re-tweeted from mort that it also masks steroids and he tweets that that’s the ‘flip side’. Hello! That’s the flip side?!?! That’s the reason he was suspended! The flip side is that ‘maybe’ it was natural!
    I wonder if they share agents or something like it

  52. WhoDatNation504 says: May 11, 2010 11:44 AM

    B4 da reports I agreed dis guy should b the D-Rookie of the year but now dat I c he clearly is a “Cheater”im str8 Jairius Byrd da young phenom frm Buffalo should hands down win this award.

  53. simple_simon1 says: May 11, 2010 11:45 AM

    realitpolice….. I did have one explaining why the “explanation” of ejaculation is impossible. There is absolutely no way to have a false positive, aside from testicular cancer. In a male, aside from using it dishonestly, levels are very normal. In order for a positive, which means much higher levels than can normally be present due to any biological circumstance, one has to be taking it synthetically. We understand both the pathways and the amounts that are in the system.
    In other words, a person could not claim to have levels to the amount that would be necessary for a positive result, which is 100’s of times higher than normal conditions in the body, due to ejaculation. The doctors and testing is way too sensitive for this to be screwed up.
    Also, the fact that he already said he took something yet deemed that he thought it wasn’t a problem says specifically that he actually did take something. So, even if levels were low, in his stupidity he blew it for himself by speaking that he actually did take something. So if he’s too stupid to realize that a female hormone used to mask steroid use isn’t legal, then he is the new dumbest player in the NFL.

  54. realitypolice says: May 11, 2010 11:54 AM

    @NFLFollower:
    Thanks for the valuable information. Unlike most posters here, I admit when I am wrong. Assuming you’re right and Dr. Schefter is wrong, I retract my posts about this test possibly coming from recent ejac…(I just can’t bring myself to type it again).
    As for the rest of my post about drug testing and PED use by athletes in general, I stand by it.
    Random drug testing is unconstitutional. I realize that does not make it illegal for a private entity to insitute it, but it does make it un-american.
    People can point to the CBA all they want, but the fact is the NFL was not going to sign a CBA without random testing, which to someone of my beliefs, makes calling it a “collective bargaining agreement” a joke. Drug testing was not “collectively bargained” it was foisted upon the union as take-it-or-leave-it deal breaker. As a monopoly, the NFL gets away with this. Doesn’t make it right.
    I have walked away from lucrative job opportunities due a demand for random drug testing, even though I don’t do drugs. I was able to do that because there were other companies I could work for that didn’t demand it. NFL players don’t have that option.

  55. realitypolice says: May 11, 2010 11:55 AM

    @simple_simon1:
    See my reply to NFLFollower. Thank you for the information.

  56. realitypolice says: May 11, 2010 12:00 PM

    Maddog says:
    He doesn’t want to understand. He wants an excuse for Cushing. Look at the f’ing guy.
    ==================
    I couldn’t give a s*** about Brian Cushing. I couldn’t pick Brian Cushing out of a lineup. I was simply pointing out that it was possible he hadn’t taken anything. After reading other posts, I now believe it is not and have retracted the other posts.
    Stop commenting on what people you know nothing about want or don’t want. It makes you look ignorant.

  57. NFLFollower says: May 11, 2010 12:03 PM

    Athletes are not taking HCG to “mask” anything on a test. They know that HCG is tested for and banned. You don’t mask one banned agent with another. They are taking it immediately after finishing a cycle of an anabolic steroid. They do this b/c it is necessary to restart their natural testosterone production, which has been suppressed by exogenous anabolics. Plain and simple. See my earlier post. What the HCG proves is that he had just finished taking an anabolic that was either very rapidly cleared from the body or one that was still in his body, but not picked up by the test. It does prove the use of an anabolic. NO other reason for HCG in male urine.

  58. Dawn says: May 11, 2010 12:16 PM

    @ everthing NFLFollower just posted: Excellent information and I thank you.
    @ Ethan Robert: Your posts are hilarious.
    This is why I read PFT; to get entertained and informed by fellow NFL fans. One cannot depend on the actual authors of this site to do either. ;-)

  59. theXfactor21 says: May 11, 2010 12:39 PM

    @realitypolice
    I tend to agree with your overall stance on drug testing. Interesting comparison between the NFL and regular jobs drug testing.
    If I were the players that would be a huge point of contention before signing a new CBA. There need to be clearly defined lists of what’s acceptable and what is not and there also needs to be a detailed process for adding new banned agents to the policy after it’s been passed.
    This revision should be a HUGE point with the players–especially w/ the recent StarCaps case in MN and the possibility of the CBA not being applied equally in all jurisdictions.
    Random drug tests in most walks of life are unconstitutional invasion of privacy and are an incredible waste of money. Normally, if you can’t tell I’m using drugs, I’m performing my job well enough to not be bothered.

  60. FAS says: May 11, 2010 1:02 PM

    Wow…same suspension for evidence of PED cover as a serial rapist.
    Great league.

  61. CleanSlaton says: May 11, 2010 1:03 PM

    You should probably take some HCG, Florio.
    Maybe it would help you grow some balls. If not, take the Lance Armstrong route and get 2 prosthetics.

  62. Maddog says: May 11, 2010 1:33 PM

    realitypolice says:
    May 11, 2010 12:00 PM
    Maddog says:
    He doesn’t want to understand. He wants an excuse for Cushing. Look at the f’ing guy.
    ==================
    I couldn’t give a s*** about Brian Cushing. I couldn’t pick Brian Cushing out of a lineup. I was simply pointing out that it was possible he hadn’t taken anything. After reading other posts, I now believe it is not and have retracted the other posts.
    Stop commenting on what people you know nothing about want or don’t want. It makes you look ignorant.
    —————————————-
    for someone who doesn’t give a “s***” you sure have put a lot of posts out there on this subject.

  63. therealtruth says: May 11, 2010 3:48 PM

    just as a follow-up, “slightly elevated levels” won’t get you suspended. For example, when testing for testosterone, they perform a test that determines the ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone. The allowable level is about twice that which a normal male would have in his system.

  64. shaggytoodle says: May 11, 2010 4:26 PM

    I am just curious to find out how long some of those things stay in your system. I know NCAA and NFL have to VERY different drug testing policies. I am just curious if he was using stuff legal in college and maybe helped him in the bowl game at the end of the season. Would it still be around when hes tested at the combine? I understand that colleges don’t get the money that NFL teams use which allow them to do all sorts of testing on supplements and compounds, but possibly the NFL could give the list of acceptable supplements to universities. For those people who choose to pursue thier dreams the right way and won’t have to worry about the the different policies triggering a positve test.

  65. manofaiki says: May 11, 2010 4:46 PM

    When MMA fighter Sean Sherk got suspended from the UFC following a positive test, he tried to claim his extremely hard training regimen ‘naturally’ elevated his Nandrolone levels.
    The investigators had a hard time buying this explanation.
    Because the LEVEL of Nandrolone in Sherk’s system was 12.0 nanograms per liter of urine. The normal amount occurring in humans is around 0.1 ng per liter of urine.
    So…Sherk went in there in front of the medical commission and LIED HIS ASS OFF trying to claim he got to 12 ng ‘naturally’.
    They didn’t believe him and they sanctioned him.
    Whatever level Cushing’s test was at, ‘slightly elevated’ cannot be what the testers found. It would have to be at a level where there’s no QUESTION in their minds this can’t be explained away except by deliberate cheating.

  66. granadafan says: May 11, 2010 4:48 PM

    The U$C fans on the ESPN and Scout board are in full spin mode. None are very bright, nor have the researched much on the subject and why males don’t normally take HGC.
    NFLfollower: Great information from you. I’m glad there’s at least one level headed and informed person out there.

  67. Colts18 says: May 11, 2010 6:14 PM

    When I tested for the Marine Corps, they are specific to tell you not to crank one out before the test. I highly doubt that this orginization who has so much invested in Cushing, would not tell him that. So that is no excuse. I still think Cushing should win ROTY tho.

  68. manofaiki says: May 11, 2010 8:51 PM

    A guy who cheated should keep his DROY award?
    No freaking way. Strip him and make an example out of him.

  69. manofaiki says: May 11, 2010 8:57 PM

    There is no possible legitimate reason Brian Cushing needs to be taking hCG if he’s clean.
    None whatsoever.
    It’s part of the ‘hiding the steriod cycle you were just on’ method of getting your testosterone levels down fast so you can show a normal level when you are tested.
    After the test, you just stop taking the hCG and you will keep most of the muscle mass you built up on your last steroid cycle.
    If the NFL has developed a test that is targeting the drug guys are using to get back to ‘normal’ after a big steroid cycle, Cushing could be just one of the first getting caught.
    __________________

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