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NFLPA issues subtle but strong statement on Brian Cushing suspension

At a time when the NFL Players Association is working hard to create a sense of unity among the players, the perception of disloyalty to any one of them could create a major problem.  And so it was somewhat surprising that the NFLPA issued a statement that subtly yet decisively calls Texans linebacker Brian Cushing a cheater.

As to the suspension of Cushing, Executive Director De Smith had this to say:  “Sport is at its best when fans can witness great achievements under the
rules of fair play.  Players who break those rules cheat the game, cheat
the fans and cheat themselves
.  The Players want a clean game as well as a
clean process for enforcing those rules.  We intend to address both in
the collective bargaining process to make the system better.”

In other words, the union is saying that Cushing is being suspended because he broke the rules.  And, as Smith said it, players who break the rules “cheat the game, cheat the fans and cheat themselves.”

It’s a strong statement, and it should go a long way toward smoothing over any lingering hard feelings that may still exist regarding the StarCaps case.  In that instance, the NFL believes (mistakenly, in our view) that the union somehow betrayed the steroids policy by fighting the outcome in court.  In this case, the NFLPA has made clear its position regarding cheating — and regarding the question of whether Cushing should be regarded as a cheater.

It would be wrong for any players to be upset with the union for its candor.  Smith’s statement proves that the union has its eye firmly on the greater good of the game, and that’s the most encouraging sign we’ve seen to suggest that a new labor deal eventually will be finalized.

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30 Responses to “NFLPA issues subtle but strong statement on Brian Cushing suspension”
  1. Cereal Blogger says: May 11, 2010 6:11 PM

    Cushing’s camp issued a statement saying that Brian no longer has a sack & that is punishment enough

  2. The Wishbone says: May 11, 2010 6:14 PM

    I didn’t see Cushing’s name anywhere in that quote. I assume if it was in the statement, you’d have quoted it. I’m certainly not clicking on a link to the NFLPA site.
    So what’s your point? I’ve got hCg in me, it’s in seminal fluid. Every man has it unless they’re shooting blanks. Plus, there are many reasons for false positive hCg tests. Maybe he cheated, but they certainly haven’t proven it. Stop being so ignorant, Florio.
    A few years ago, you didn’t carry other people’s water. So why now? And why for D Smith? He’s a hack.

  3. Drednot says: May 11, 2010 6:14 PM

    I wonder if De. Smith would have said that if Cushing was black…oh wait, Merriman is black and Smith didn’t say anything….Um go figure.

  4. Ilovefoolsball says: May 11, 2010 6:17 PM

    what is cushing pushing?

  5. Greenantz says: May 11, 2010 6:17 PM

    I understand the point that cheating is bad but isn’t there a difference between steriods and star caps? One is over the counter and the other is prescription based. I say stop suspending players for taking chemicals that are on sale everywhere. Suspend them if they break a law.

  6. FMRDB says: May 11, 2010 6:19 PM

    The majority of players use some type of enhancers, whether it’s HGH or whatever. Cushing is not the sharpest tool in the shed and he took a chance and lost.

  7. omegalh says: May 11, 2010 6:19 PM

    “…as well as a clean process for enforcing those rules….” – Smith
    actually, he is saying that they think the enforcement is BS and they will fight the NFL for clearer standards. But you can see it half full if you want.

  8. Old School says: May 11, 2010 6:19 PM

    Talk is cheap. It costs money to buy whiskey.
    My experience as a union member and a member of management was that unions spent most of their energy, and members’ money, defending those who should have been fired.

  9. Hap says: May 11, 2010 6:23 PM

    I dont think there’s any semblance of “a sense of unity” amongst the NFLPA ranks.
    Both sides need to get this overwith. It’s not just a work stoppage that’s bad for the game. This process is under a microscope and the fans HATE it, no matter what side they’re on.

  10. Colts18 says: May 11, 2010 6:23 PM

    Kids still a beast.

  11. paranoidandroid says: May 11, 2010 6:25 PM

    good god let it go. tired of reading about f-in brian cushing.

  12. ethan robert says: May 11, 2010 6:29 PM

    We’d like to help DeBoy, but he is DeWrong Color. Besides this will take DeHeat off all DeOther players who cheat DeSystem and don’t get caught. To you it may seem like DeJoke, but hey, we all got to earn DeMoney by making DeImpression of having some idea of what DeHell is going on.

  13. ethan robert says: May 11, 2010 6:30 PM

    NFLPA issues subtle but WRONG statement on Brian Cushing suspension.

  14. Hap says: May 11, 2010 6:31 PM

    I dont think there’s any semblance of “a sense of unity” amongst the NFLPA ranks.
    Both sides need to get this overwith. It’s not just a work stoppage that’s bad for the game. This process is under a microscope and the fans HATE it, no matter what side they’re on.

  15. marquezjol says: May 11, 2010 6:36 PM

    @Drednot: Thats cause Upshaw was still in charge when Merriman popped positive.

  16. Ron Leflore says: May 11, 2010 6:41 PM

    All you people saying the drug testing process is a unreliable, etc need to read the policy. This is not your piss in a cup truck driver test.
    NFL players have to be naked from knees up when they provide the sample. Nothing hiding in their shirt.
    After he failed it, they tested a second sample of his taken at the same time as the first. Results from that confirmed the first test.
    In order to fail a test he must have been significantly outside the normal range. But that’s not all. Once the urine test fails, it is just the start.
    Then they give him a complete physical, including an MRI of his balls (checking for testicular cancer).
    Why do you think it took six months to officially fail?

  17. pgcd3 says: May 11, 2010 6:42 PM

    The history of unions is to protect the safety and welfare of its members. It’s refreshing to see Smith embracing those principals.

  18. RED GRANGE says: May 11, 2010 6:46 PM

    @Ethan Robert. Yeah blame it on Obama, lets take this country back ……. Ben R. And Cushing are 2 guys for OUR kids to look up too.
    Your friend
    David Duke.

  19. HawgNSonsTV2 says: May 11, 2010 6:59 PM

    Brian Cushing … is our BEST customer!

  20. Pervy Harvin says: May 11, 2010 7:00 PM

    Brian “Bitch Tit” Cushing and his old lover Clay Matthews were both lil guys sucking the juice hard to get to NFL size. They are both phony ass lil men living a lie. Take their juice box and they will be nothing!

  21. tbeetles says: May 11, 2010 7:08 PM

    ethan robert wins the award for actually being funny when trying to be, unlike most of you knuckle heads who have nothing but horrific attempts at humor boooooo

  22. Hail2ThaRedskins says: May 11, 2010 7:10 PM

    I think you are misinterpreting the quote. The fact that Cushing’s name is no where to be found leads me to believe he is not calling Cushing anything. Furthermore, the important part of that is the reference to that fact that the matter will be addressed in the next CBA. If he agrees with process, why would it need to be addressed? That sounds more like he doesn’t agree with the current program, and if the statement was made in relation to the Cushing suspension, then I would conclude that he doesn’t agree with it.

  23. hsf09 says: May 11, 2010 7:34 PM

    paranoid android says “good god let it go. tired of reading about f-in brian cushing.”
    Amen! Can we put a bow-tie on the Cushing front? From all the press and coverage he is getting, one would think this is Barry Bonds or Alex Rodriguez or some other well-known guy [who cheated]. It’s just Brian Cushing.

  24. PirateFreedom says: May 11, 2010 7:38 PM

    logically the NFLPA should be more interested in eliminating steroids and the like than anyone else.
    It is their members who will have to sacrifice their health to compete in a league where steroids are tolerated.
    Management might actually benefit from ‘roided up athletes to entertain fans with, maybe even a home run record race to bring them back to the stadium.

  25. jimicos says: May 11, 2010 7:58 PM

    “Smith’s statement proves that the union has its eye firmly on the greater good of the game, and that’s the most encouraging sign we’ve seen to suggest that a new labor deal eventually will be finalized.”
    —————–
    Riiiight. That’s why the union is AGAINST blood testing for HGH, right Mike?

  26. jimicos says: May 11, 2010 7:59 PM

    Pervy Harvin says:
    May 11, 2010 7:00 PM
    Brian “Bitch Tit” Cushing and his old lover Clay Matthews were both lil guys sucking the juice hard to get to NFL size. They are both phony ass lil men living a lie. Take their juice box and they will be nothing!
    ————————
    I’d call you an idiot, but that would be repetitive.

  27. FreeAgentPro says: May 11, 2010 8:17 PM

    I hope the AP voters take Smith’s statement to heart. THere is a sense of entitlement among some of them: they feel no responsiblity to make a statement about cheating with their vote. Don Banks @ SI.com is being an absolute a z z about the revote, and brags that he will vote for Cushing again inspite of his cheating. That sends an irresponsible message to HS and college athletes, who can get the impression that Just Win, Baby! is all that matters at the next level.

  28. FreeAgentPro says: May 11, 2010 8:21 PM

    well beetles, maybe you can go romance ethan’s sack with some hCG….

  29. Bell63 says: May 11, 2010 10:51 PM

    He failed the test. Some of you trying to play armchair chemist look ridiculous.

  30. Joe says: May 12, 2010 9:34 AM

    florio you like anyone that agrees with your view and diss anyone that doesnt… you full of shit.
    why did “Dee” choose to stand up for the Viks d tackles but throw cush under the bus? why didnt we revote thier all pro selections? why dont we re vote on Juilus Peppers DROY and merriman’s as well.

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