In a stunning press conference that showed defiance and denial rather than remorse or contrition, Texans linebacker Brian Cushing flatly denied on Thursday taking any substance banned by the NFL.
It’s a far cry from conceding that he took a non-steroidal substance. He’s basically saying he took nothing, and that the NFL is wrong.
Cushing confirmed that he tested positive for hCG, and he expressed concern that, if it showed up in impermissible levels without him taking hCG once, it could happen again. At one point, he said that doctors are looking into “why it would keep reoccurring,” ignoring the fact that, in multiple tests since September, it apparently hasn’t reoccurred.
Cushing claims that he initially feared that he had a tumor after learning of the positive test in October, and that he spent the balance of the 2009 season fearful that he might die. (Seriously. He said that. And no one asked whether he had an MRI or other medical tests that detect the presence of, you know, tumors.)
He expressed on several occasions that he plans to “respect the process of the NFL,” but he has shown no respect for the process by publicly refuting it. His position reconfirms our belief that, once a player’s suspension has been finalized, all confidentiality should be waived and the league should be able to put all relevant information on the table.
As it currently stands, the league imposes the suspension, and then the player can say whatever he wants. Including the PED version of “it wasn’t me.”
Finally, one of the reporters flat-out asked Cushing what he thought about our suggestion that he should decline the AP defensive rookie of the year award.
Cushing’s response: “Why?”
Hey, at least that’s better than, “There’s a reason I have a few
more zeros at the end of my contract than he do.”