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Cushing keeps AP Rookie of the Year Award

Well, that was a big waste of time.

Brian Cushing kept the Associated Press Rookie of the Year award after a re-vote that concluded on Wednesday. 

The Texans linebacker lost more than half of his votes after testing positive for a banned substance recently, but he still led the way with 18 of 50 votes.  Bills safety Jairus Byrd received 13 votes, and Green Bay linebacker
Clay Matthews III got 10 votes.

Washington linebacker Brian Orakpo earned
three votes, and St. Louis linebacker James Laurinaitis got one.  Three voters were “unavailable” and two abstained.

We respect everyone that still voted for Cushing, but don’t understand it.  The main argument to give him the award seemed to be precedent and process. But why are we so married to a silly precedent?

It is so hard to get caught taking steroids. It’s a stupidity test. Cushing tested positive for a substance used to cycle off steroids.  It has been shocking to hear anyone legitimately raise issues with whether he was guilty or not in the previous days, wanting to learn more.

But we understand better why athletes will always deny.  They raise doubt in enough fans and even journalists that are so unbelievably naive or willfully ignorant to think the positive test has an excuse.  He lost his appeal.  He’s guilty, as are scores of other players that cut corners and aren’t stupid enough to get caught.

That we bend over backwards to justify, explain, and award the guys that use performance enhancing drugs reflects poorly on football.  It will also make it harder for the league to ever solve their PED problem.

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  1. happyz82 says: May 12, 2010 2:39 PM

    Great message to send to kids everywhere. Cheat and win awards.

  2. dafish says: May 12, 2010 2:40 PM

    That’s the way it should be. It’s a good thing no AFC defensive rookie had a moster playoff run, otherwise the voting could have been much different.
    The AP should have simply said from this point forward, you’re stripped of any awards if you test positive for PEDs.

  3. kazkal says: May 12, 2010 2:40 PM

    Wow….so his cheating ass gets to keep it awesome.

  4. godofwine says: May 12, 2010 2:40 PM

    This is jacked up. I am glad that so many people took their vote away, but it wasn’t enough. 18 people still voted for this cheater. Byrd & Matthews cancelled each other out. Either Byrd of Matthews deserved it, but I applaud AP for taking a stand, even if it ended up being for naught.

  5. CanadianVikingFan says: May 12, 2010 2:41 PM

    Should of been Jairus Byrd..

  6. PerchSports says: May 12, 2010 2:41 PM

    It was hard to really believe that there would be a huge swing in votes, I actually thought he’d get atleast 20. Good for him, whether he knowingly took a non-steroidal banned substance or not, he dominated the league for an entire season, and will do so next year after his 4 game suspension.

  7. FreeAgentPro says: May 12, 2010 2:42 PM

    This just proves what a sham the AP awards are. I will never respect them again. The 50 AP voters should be made public, and the 18 voters who voted for a cheater should be made public as well. Lou Farrara should be ashamed of himself. The AP is a complete joke.

  8. timmy2thej says: May 12, 2010 2:43 PM

    Good. I think he still deserves it. Cushing, with or without steroids is gunna be a great linebacker. And is already.

  9. Billsfan8321 says: May 12, 2010 2:43 PM

    Bryd should have one it Cushing is a cheater and what is the saying cheaters never win but cushing did BS

  10. FreeAgentPro says: May 12, 2010 2:44 PM

    The award’s name should be changed to Defensive Cheater of the Year.
    AP stands for Absolutely Pathetic.

  11. FaceMask44 says: May 12, 2010 2:45 PM

    WHAT WAS THE PONIT OF A REVOTE THEN? SMH

  12. marshmellon says: May 12, 2010 2:46 PM

    Wow big surprise. Let’s drop it now, shall we? I’d rather see more posts on Lord Favre (did I just say that?).

  13. CLosISgood says: May 12, 2010 2:46 PM

    —The media can never once again say that they should strip Mark McGwire or Barry Bonds of anything.

  14. STLsteel says: May 12, 2010 2:48 PM

    This is just another example of ‘cheaters do win’! What an joke the AP Voters are!!

  15. tx_tuff says: May 12, 2010 2:48 PM

    If others who won it in the past test positive and still won then why not Cush. HA HA HA

  16. theblade23 says: May 12, 2010 2:48 PM

    Wow, the voters have spoken and made themselves look like idiots and the award is now a bunch of crap… you can cheat and still win!!

  17. theblade23 says: May 12, 2010 2:50 PM

    the AP should be ashamed of themselves… he should have been disqualified

  18. Futt says: May 12, 2010 2:53 PM

    “Cushing, with or without steroids is gunna be a great linebacker. ”
    You are an idiot. There is no other way to put it.

  19. DcNinerFan says: May 12, 2010 2:53 PM

    The AP are a bunch of hippy Liberals who are afraid to piss anyone not named George Bush off. Its good to know that you still get awarded for cheating, isn’t it Pats fans?

  20. dafish says: May 12, 2010 2:53 PM

    FreeAgentPro,
    One of them was Pete Prisco and he made a pretty convincing argument of why he would still vote for Cushing. I don’t always agree with Prisco, but on this one I can’t disagree with his logic.
    Bottom line is you cannot take yourself back to the original date you had to submit votes after the regular season. You look with fresh eyes and all you recall is Clay Matthews had a few monster games in prime time late in the season. What did he do the other 12? What if he had 3 sacks 2 picks and a fumble recovery for a TD against the Cardinals in the playoffs last year. That’s the performance that would resonate and would kill the spirit and criteria of the award. If it happens in the future, either the AP gives it to the #2 guy or does not award it at all.

  21. dunkingonuts says: May 12, 2010 2:54 PM

    Who gives a crap? Awards that are handed out by the press are totally meaningless. If the people in the media really knew what they were talking about they would be running a team instead of their mouths, that includes Florio and Rosenthal..!

  22. Warpstone says: May 12, 2010 2:54 PM

    It’s a bit troubling that the journalists responsible for investigating ethical issues in the sport have such a bizarre moral compass.

  23. jimicos says: May 12, 2010 2:55 PM

    FreeAgentPro says:
    May 12, 2010 2:42 PM
    This just proves what a sham the AP awards are. I will never respect them again. The 50 AP voters should be made public, and the 18 voters who voted for a cheater should be made public as well. Lou Farrara should be ashamed of himself. The AP is a complete joke.
    ————————
    Because I’ve got those 4 pesky letters in the following link, I’m sure this post will not see the light of day.. But the 50 voters ARE public.
    http://espn.go.com/blog/afcsouth/post/_/id/11729/whos-re-voting-on-rookie-of-the-year

  24. okieplus4 says: May 12, 2010 2:55 PM

    I think this will just motivate Byrd to play even better this year….Total crap!!

  25. Dave says: May 12, 2010 2:56 PM

    Un-freaking-believable. He is a cheater. He shouldn’t even be allowed to be considered for ANY awards for at least 3 years.

  26. Skinsfan23 says: May 12, 2010 2:58 PM

    Wasn’t Barry Bonds on Steriods and still won MVP’s…there are many accounts of cheating that have not wiped records or championships away so I really though this revote was pointless…did they revote just because he was a rookie I doubt this would happen anywhere else in the league.

  27. TheWien says: May 12, 2010 3:00 PM

    The Vote is IN! Performance Enhancing Drugs are okay now!!
    ::juices the eff up::

  28. dfl777 says: May 12, 2010 3:02 PM

    What a joke. Who voted? Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong. Dont give me anymore AP stories about drugs. Make them all legal. Since all writers are just a bunch of pot heads anyway.

  29. frederj says: May 12, 2010 3:03 PM

    They should find out which 18 IDIOTS that voted again for Cushing and take their votes away. They are Typical of the way common sense values such as Honesty, Integrity and Fair play are no longer part of the American
    Sports phsyche.

  30. CapsLockKey says: May 12, 2010 3:03 PM

    Good. I thought the whole idea of a re-vote was stupid in the first place. Just make sure and put an asterisks by his name though, right after they give one to Peppers and Merriman as well.

  31. singlemalt66 says: May 12, 2010 3:05 PM

    I wonder how these clowns that voted for Cushing would feel if a major journalism award were given to a journalist who was caught plagerizing their articles? What a joke!

  32. SpartaChris says: May 12, 2010 3:07 PM

    timmy2thej says:
    May 12, 2010 2:43 PM
    Good. I think he still deserves it. Cushing, with or without steroids is gunna be a great linebacker. And is already.
    =========================================
    Shawne Merriman agrees with you.

  33. Jauron Should Be Next says: May 12, 2010 3:07 PM

    …”whether he knowingly took a non-steroidal banned substance or not, he dominated the league for an entire season”…….
    You understand banned means, you know, you can’t take it? Right? And the substance may have helped performance? Dope.
    Hope I’ve read my last column EVER on the evils of banned substances/steroids in pro sports. Don’t need the writers/voters names, and don’t care if it’s an AP hack or a non AP hack writing a story on the evils of steroids in the future. All the slobs who’ve been writing about purity in sports can kiss my a$$. Go ahead and put Sosa, McGwire, Bonds in the HOF and never question again how lineman increased their average weight by more than 50 pounds in a 10 year period. Freakin’ hypocrites, every last one of you. Candy a$$ media! Had a chance to right a wrong and screwed up. Gotta go tell my kids now it’s OK to take banned substances and ignore rules if it helps win an award.

  34. jjared1101 says: May 12, 2010 3:09 PM

    I’m glad he kept the award. Not because i think he deserves it, but because then you’d have people going after Julius Peppers, and if not, then why is it different for him.
    They should just make it, for now on, that if you are suspended for any reason during your season, or for something that you did during the season, the award should go to the second place vote getter. IMO.

  35. steeelfann says: May 12, 2010 3:09 PM

    It has got to be getting close to the time to mention
    a poison pill inserted in a contract offer?
    Brett Farve?
    Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers’ reputation?
    Dez Bryant and his mother?

  36. Ricken says: May 12, 2010 3:12 PM

    Congrats Cush

  37. gr8fully says: May 12, 2010 3:12 PM

    nice, way to back a cheater, guess DROY means Doped Rookie of the Year…..

  38. jimicos says: May 12, 2010 3:14 PM

    I’d rather see someone who didn’t cheat win the award. But in light of Julius Peppers winning this award 8 years ago, I can’t say I’m too surprised by the outcome. Funny thing is that with Peppers, the AP voters knew at the time that they voted that he was cheating. And he still got the award. If I were a voter, knowing an athlete cheated would automatically exempt him from winning an MVP award.
    And it’s not that we know Byrd, Matthews and Orakpo are definitely clean. But we DO know Cushing isn’t.

  39. jwill007 says: May 12, 2010 3:14 PM

    Great message! Damn great message! THE MEDIA NEEDS TO TURN IN THEIR DAMN VOTER REGISTRATION CARDS!
    Terrible!
    Goodell,
    you want to change something use voters that are retired NFL players or HOF’s not the wish washy “never played before” media! And this is not including players who go with media after playing…Im talkin about the slap dick media guy who got beat up in high school by the football players….LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. BenRapistberger says: May 12, 2010 3:18 PM

    The test he failed was for higher levels of something commonly found after juicing, in September.
    This is about equivalent to the Pats getting caught video taping in September and then Tom Brady won AP NFL MVP, and Bill Belichick got AP Coach of the Year.

  41. jimbone83 says: May 12, 2010 3:18 PM

    Who cares? this award is not that big of deal. Does it really make a big difference?
    Plus he failed the test in September, and tested negative throughout the season, so he was clean for the year.
    The revote was freaking joke, just a way to make everyone think this is a big deal, its not…

  42. Sting Ray says: May 12, 2010 3:20 PM

    The AP has just made a joke of themselves as an organization.
    Journalists keep such high standards, so maybe this isn’t such a surprise.

  43. Daytona Ken says: May 12, 2010 3:25 PM

    So the ends justify the means. I feel for the guys who did not cheat and finshed second. What was his name? Who remembers? Who cares?
    Cushing hasn’t even “manned-up.”
    Shame on you AP. You have disgraced yourselves, the award, football and “fair” play.
    Please explain one damn thing, what kind of mixed message does this send to high and college athletes?
    One sad day…

  44. AZ Red Bird says: May 12, 2010 3:26 PM

    Cheaters never prosper…wait…YES THEY DO!
    AP should of had a re-vote WITHOUT Brian in it.
    What a horrible message!!! Now he gets it published twice…. BS
    Brian better not have gotten a free razor :)

  45. smauricio says: May 12, 2010 3:27 PM

    [b]Winners Don’t Use Drugs[/b]
    William S. Sessions – Director, FBI

  46. ethan robert says: May 12, 2010 3:28 PM

    There is exactly the same chance that any or all of the other contenders beside Cushing used an illegal supplement to enhance their performance. Given the fact that Brian knew he was under the microscope the entire year, I would say a greater chance. It seems pretty conclusive that there are many performance enhancers that are undetectable under the current guidelines. It seems possible to probable that the tests done on Cushing could have been erroneous or misinterpreted.
    Everyone wanted a scapegoat and Cushing was in the right place at the right time. He was a rookie, he was not from an identifiable minority group within society, he came from a relatively privledged background. There is nothing cute or fuzzy about him. It was SAFE to attack him and derive whatever self-righteous satisfaction the morons who did so reward themselves with.

  47. Ace613 says: May 12, 2010 3:28 PM

    He’s been linked to PED’s since High School, you think he would stop as soon as he got to the NFL? Really?
    Sad to say its a common trend in the NFL or just about any sport for that matter. It is what it is.

  48. stan26 says: May 12, 2010 3:29 PM

    Disgusting!

  49. birdmancometh says: May 12, 2010 3:34 PM

    They all take PED’s get over it and enjoy the game…

  50. Deb says: May 12, 2010 3:34 PM

    The problem is that reporters hate to admit they’ve been duped.
    Maybe the players should be the only ones voting for the ROY and the Pro Bowl. They know who their toughest opponents are.

  51. bobhoo says: May 12, 2010 3:42 PM

    I’m not sure, but is any of his contract($$$) tied to being named DROY? If so then that is a different issue for him and the team.

  52. GOVIKES|GOVIKES says: May 12, 2010 3:42 PM

    “Well, that was a big waste of time.”
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
    It just makes me laugh. Not because of the result, press awards are meaningless, see quote below; but because of the clear bias this site had in it’s witch hunt/crusade on this issue.
    “It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.” – Niccolo Machiavelli

  53. egypt123 says: May 12, 2010 3:46 PM

    LAMO! Rosenthal and Florio can now go sulk in a corner with all the Bryd, Matthews and Orakpo whiners.

  54. SamWycheForPrez says: May 12, 2010 3:48 PM

    All you kids thinking about ‘roiding up, take a lesson from Brian Cushing. Yeah, he kept the Rookie of the Year award, but he lost over half his votes. Harsh lesson learned there, boys!
    Seriously, how does any self-respecting voter go and vote for him again knowing what he did? AP, YOUR ASS IS LAME!!

  55. connie says: May 12, 2010 3:50 PM

    What player would have wanted it second hand.If Cush had any sense he would have gave it up himself knowing they did’t want him to have it in the first place

  56. bobinpuertorico says: May 12, 2010 3:53 PM

    The 18 who voted for Cushing deserve no one’s respect. At best they should be pitied, because they are so ignorant that they should not be permitted to vote. The fools who say things like “Cushing played clean for almost the entire year” or “He did not actually use steriods” or make similar comments are either delusional or dishonest. Cushing was caught using a substance used to eliminate the negative effects of discontinuing the use of steriods. This means that he was using steroids to increase his physical abilities (strength, stamina, etc.) and then he stopped using the steroids when the season was about to start. He did not play even one game “clean”, because his physical abilities continued to be greater than they would have been without taking steroids throughout the season. Yet 18 ignorant fools decide to reward him for his cheating. This sends a wonderful message to young people. Cheat and you will be rewarded. Take steroids and you too can be a football star. Copy off another student’s test or pay someone to take your tests and receive academic honors. Disgusting!

  57. jimicos says: May 12, 2010 3:55 PM

    jimbone83 says:
    May 12, 2010 3:18 PM
    Plus he failed the test in September, and tested negative throughout the season, so he was clean for the year.
    ————————
    Wow. So he was caught cheating, was told he was caught, and then he didn’t cheat again the rest of the year? I guess that should count for something, right?

  58. burntorangehorn says: May 12, 2010 4:00 PM

    For all of you who love to criticize Florio for not being a real journalist, I think this is the part where he thinks that’s actually a compliment. The AP is ridiculous.

  59. jimicos says: May 12, 2010 4:01 PM

    ethan robert says:
    May 12, 2010 3:28 PM
    There is exactly the same chance that any or all of the other contenders beside Cushing used an illegal supplement to enhance their performance. Given the fact that Brian knew he was under the microscope the entire year, I would say a greater chance.
    ————————-
    You need to go back to grade school math. There’s a 100% chance that Cushing cheated. He tested positive. We know he cheated. Are you saying there’s GREATER than a 100% chance that the other rookies cheated because they didn’t test positive?
    I’ve seen homers before, but this logic is beyond that. Your boy cheated and got caught. Accept it. Embrace it. Don’t play this sour grapes routine and make out every other supposed clean player in the league to be as dirty as your guy has been PROVEN.

  60. Drat says: May 12, 2010 4:03 PM

    Funny that Lawyer Florio is aghast at precedent and process. He’s used that kind of argument in the past about NFL dynamics (the ‘don’t change the rules in flight’ argument.)
    Read Don Banks of SI. I agree with Banks that in an ideal world Cushing should be stripped of his award, but if you do it now in this case, it opens a mixed can of tapeworms AND nematode worms, neither of which even your cat will eat.
    The idea is simple: change the rules now before the next time happens. Simple enough, lawyer Florio?

  61. texasPHINSfan says: May 12, 2010 4:06 PM

    this sends a bad message. i’m sure plenty of players would give up 4 games to get that title, award, and likely salary triggers and/or bonuses that come with it.
    way to send a good message, voters.
    ridiculous.

  62. CLosISgood says: May 12, 2010 4:09 PM

    Barry Bonds has never failed a drug test.
    Brian Cushing has. dumbass.
    Bonds’ name was only associated with Balco but nothing was proven. Why do you think he never served a suspension.

  63. Drat says: May 12, 2010 4:40 PM

    Toddzman,
    Don’t feel bad about about being like a sportswriter in having no athletic talent (except for that high school game when you ran for 87 yards and met your wife afterwards). At least the sportswriters can write well.

  64. CLosISgood says: May 12, 2010 4:53 PM

    How do the writer’s find issue with the athletes? They just voted him back a defROY after he was busted for a failed test.
    They just better not bitch when someone wins a superbowl after they get caught cheating.
    Wait, the Pats cheated and the writers didn’t bash them either.
    Had Byrd or Orakpo won defROY and then info comes out that they failed a drug test, they quickly would have re-voted to give it to Cushing.
    CUZ HE’S WHITE. BOOM. RACE CARD

  65. CleanSlaton says: May 12, 2010 4:56 PM

    They re-voted and re-decided that Cushing was the best defensive rookie of 2009.
    I’m not condoning PED use, but the lack of proof that he took them during the season–thorough testing for even a masking/regrowth compound like hCG–yielded no evidence to indicate he was juicing during a long, arduous 16 games.
    It makes me very happy to say, ‘Cram it, Florio.’
    All your anti-Cushing, anti-Texans exploits accomplished nothing.
    The A.P. got it right.

  66. jimicos says: May 12, 2010 5:05 PM

    Drat says:
    May 12, 2010 4:40 PM
    Toddzman,
    Don’t feel bad about about being like a sportswriter in having no athletic talent (except for that high school game when you ran for 87 yards and met your wife afterwards). At least the sportswriters can write well.
    ————————-
    Riiiiight. You should only have an opinion on cheaters if you played professionally yourself. Is that the message?

  67. aDickRunsThisSite says: May 12, 2010 5:11 PM

    one more good reason sports writers shouldnt be involved in electing folks to the HOF.
    if AP writers cant even get this right why should we think other writers should determine whos in Canton with a bust.

  68. CLosISgood says: May 12, 2010 5:13 PM

    It isn’t about using them DURING the season. You use the in the offseason to get bigger/stronger while everyone else isn’t.
    And the excuse that “how do we know everyone else isn’t?!!?!”
    Because more and more players would get caught than the 1, 2, or 3 a season.
    And yea, he got caught.
    Thats like a guy robbing 3 banks, and when his face finally shows up on a sec. camera using the defense of…oh well we didnt catch him at the scene of the crime. So go ahead, keep the money guy, you beat us.

  69. Chukabra says: May 12, 2010 5:15 PM

    Anyone here remember Brian Bosworth? He was a cheater just like Cushing. When he went off the juice after college he spent most of every game flat on his back ( think Bo Jackson) with cleaat marks on his chest.
    He then used a fake shoulder injury to retire after two pathetic seasons and collect the insurance money.
    Anyone remember Tony Mandarich? He went off the juice after college and spent most passing plays on his back in GB and had the distinction of having more defensive linemen trip over him than any tackle in history.
    So Cushing fans, this is what you most likely have to look forward to when bitch tits comes back after four games. He will likely get injured within a couple of games and be out for the season and on IR most of the next couple of years before he is released back into the ether as another cautionary tale to all GMs.

  70. jimicos says: May 12, 2010 5:18 PM

    CleanSlaton says:
    May 12, 2010 4:56 PM
    They re-voted and re-decided that Cushing was the best defensive rookie of 2009.
    I’m not condoning PED use, but the lack of proof that he took them during the season–thorough testing for even a masking/regrowth compound like hCG–yielded no evidence to indicate he was juicing during a long, arduous 16 games.
    It makes me very happy to say, ‘Cram it, Florio.’
    All your anti-Cushing, anti-Texans exploits accomplished nothing.
    The A.P. got it right.
    ———————–
    Ridiculous. You don’t need to be taking steroids all season to benefit from them. If you took them to recover more quickly from an injury, you still broke the rules and you’re a cheater. If you took them to get bigger, faster, stronger and quit taking them before the season, you still ended up bigger, faster and stronger and you’re a cheater.
    That’s the way it is. It’s not like his additional bulk and strength magically disappear 24 hours after his last injection.

  71. coz says: May 12, 2010 5:26 PM

    way to award cheating, since he keeps this award, the substance should not be banned, simple as that.
    what a JOKE

  72. Dawn says: May 12, 2010 5:30 PM

    DcNinerFan says:
    The AP are a bunch of hippy Liberals who are afraid to piss anyone not named George Bush off. Its good to know that you still get awarded for cheating, isn’t it Pats fans?
    __________________________________
    Pot Meet Kettle:
    New York, December 7, 2000 – Giants co-owner, Wellington Mara, spoke out in anger over the settlement that the NFL reached with former 49ers executives Carmen Policy and Dwight Clark over their alleged violation of the salary cap in 1997. Under the terms of the deal, Policy was fined $400,000 and Clark was fined $200,000. The 49ers will also have to pay a $300,000 fine and give up a 5th round draft choice in 2001 and a 3rd round choice in 2002.
    Mara apparently became upset after Policy refused to admit any wrongdoing in the matter. Mara has since accused Policy of lying to the NFL Management Council Executive Committee about the allegations. Mara issued a statement in which he said, “of all those present, not one believed what [Policy] said.” Mara added that the group then agreed that Policy “should give a deposition under oath as soon as possible,” but Policy “declined to be sworn in and instead began negotiating the settlement,.” according to Long Island Newsday.
    Others weighed in on the situation in varying degrees of agreement with Mara and also thought the settlement let the 49ers off too easy. New Orleans Saints’ Owner Tom Benson, on the settlement: “It’s good that we’re going to get a lot stricter on this stuff, but I wish we’d had a policy in place that would have made this ruling stiffer … But the new agreement [giving the commissioner broad powers] should be a deterrent. At least I hope it is.” Another NFL team owner was quoted as saying, “I think they (Policy and Clark) got away with murder.”
    National Football League Players’ Association Executive Director Gene Upshaw said, “I don’t think (the 49ers) got off light . . . The other owners around the league will make a lot of noise, but they’ve got to look at what was there. They might have wanted more authority from the commissioner, but it wasn’t there,”
    In comparison with the NBA’s recent actions against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the NFL action is quite light and, in a typical settlement-type agreement, stipulated that neither Policy or Clark admit to any wrongdoing.
    In addition to the penalties levied against the 49ers and their former executives, agents Leigh Steinberg, Jeff Moorad and Gary Wichard, who represented quarterback Jim Druckenmiller, linebacker Woodall, quarterback Steve Young and tight end Brent Jones, received “substantial” fines. It was reported that Steinberg, who represented Young and Jones, will pay a fine of $250,000, while Wichard, who represented Druckenmiller, will pay $100,000. The money is “going to league and union designated charities.”

  73. brasho says: May 12, 2010 6:16 PM

    Cushing failed his test in September, then most likely received constant tests from that point forward for the rest of the season… did he cheat? Yes. Did he play the season on steroids? Hell NO! There’s a difference, Florio. What Cushing did was not right but to suggest he played so well all season long BECAUSE of the steroids is not logical thinking.

  74. Bious says: May 12, 2010 7:27 PM

    Everyone who hangs around the teams know that drug use is common so this isn’t really THAT big a deal
    Just the truth

  75. jimicos says: May 13, 2010 12:56 PM

    Bious says:
    May 12, 2010 7:27 PM
    Everyone who hangs around the teams know that drug use is common so this isn’t really THAT big a deal
    Just the truth
    ————————
    Probably. But when players win awards based on tainted performances, the wrong message is sent. Especially when the AP voters get a chance to correct a mistake and collectively decide not to.

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