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James Jones sounds off on Brian Cushing

Most NFL players are inclined either to support Texans linebacker Brian Cushing, or to say nothing.  One of the exceptions is Packers receiver James Jones.

In a Thursday segment with WSSP 1250 in Milwaukee, Jones made his views on the situation crystal clear.

“Do I have to comment on that?” Jones initially said, laughing.  Later, he spoke his mind.

“If it was me, I probably would have just stripped [the AP defensive rookie of the year award],” Jones said.  “Obviously, you’re basically saying it’s OK to cheat and still get by.  I mean, I don’t think it was the right thing to do.  I think [if] you cheated and used steroids you shouldn’t be able to hold that award.”

Surely, other players feel that way.  We hope more of them follow Jones’ lead.

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57 Responses to “James Jones sounds off on Brian Cushing”
  1. XBOD says: May 13, 2010 8:45 PM

    OH F. U. I think they should ALL use Roids- makes them bigger, faster and meaner- beter games to watch!!!

  2. smithopher says: May 13, 2010 8:46 PM

    The AP should all be drug tested themselves. How can you NOT be high and vote this guy back into defensive rookie of the year when everything happened to try and strip him of the award? Further, WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO SAY ABOUT THE NFL?! Do we want the league to look like a bunch of roided out freaks? Something needs to be done to put the foot down finally and prevent these guys from doing steroids. They’re supposed to be role models. All they care about is making the big money. It shames me to call myself a fan of all these sell outs.

  3. BigD88 says: May 13, 2010 8:47 PM

    Give Cushing a few months for the roids to wear off.
    James Jones will be able to kick his ass.

  4. KD says: May 13, 2010 8:47 PM

    Jones better not ever test positive for any PED ever…

  5. benjua says: May 13, 2010 8:48 PM

    really taking the fight to a guy who was never found to have roids in his system. jesus christ the regular season can’t get here soon enough

  6. Rossum20 says: May 13, 2010 8:51 PM

    Just saying what we are all thinking

  7. burntorangehorn says: May 13, 2010 8:53 PM

    Oh yeah, Jones? This is why you’re just some jagov football player, not a high-and-mighty AP voter.

  8. Dixon29 says: May 13, 2010 9:05 PM

    How about a National Policy to test Police officers for drug use, all kinds of drugs. You know how many cops do steroids, cocaine, marijuana, and every other drug? The numbers would be staggering. The media wants professional athletes to be held accountable, how about our Police officers who are sworn to serve and protect? Just saying Florio, you are a lawyer right?

  9. Charisma says: May 13, 2010 9:06 PM

    Either Cushing is trying to get pregnant or cover something up in his system. I suppose at least getting caught this way doesn’t directly link you to steroids. He does look that part though.

  10. GregO says: May 13, 2010 9:15 PM

    Julius Peppers Julius Peppers Julius Peppers Julius Peppers Julius Peppers Julius Peppers Julius Peppers Julius Peppers Julius Peppers Julius Peppers Julius Peppers Julius Peppers Julius Peppers Julius Peppers Julius Peppers Julius Peppers Julius Peppers Julius Peppers Julius Peppers Julius Peppers Julius Peppers Julius Peppers
    How about at least one mention about the fact that this situation is not unprecedented. You think you could do that Florio?

  11. hsf09 says: May 13, 2010 9:22 PM

    He can assume Cushing used Steroids but does he have proof? Did not think so. Cased closed Mr. Jones.
    And how about your teammate Clay Matthews? Prior to this year, Cushing and Matthews were often mentioned in the same breath.

  12. Steve-Mo says: May 13, 2010 9:23 PM

    GregO – I believe he has, I remember him mentioning Peppers and Merriman.
    Dixon – WTF does this have to do with anything? Go bitch to people who care.

  13. TEXANS 19 cowgirls 10 says: May 13, 2010 9:26 PM

    Who is james jones?

  14. texasj says: May 13, 2010 9:27 PM

    WHHHAAAAA …. my teammate didn’t win an award…. WHHAAAAA. Who really gives a crap about a stupid AP award. The guy was caught and PUNISHED! Who cares if he tells the truth, kisses a baby, cries, says f florio…ect. It has no effect on any future punishment. In the league’s eyes he is a first time offender.
    If you feel the punishment should be greater thats a legit argument, but stop all the whining about him not answering to the media. You can do nothing Florio and everyone will stop caring in about 24 hours, because he will stop talking.

  15. rjgreen3 says: May 13, 2010 9:38 PM

    if cushing should be stripped of his award; then belicheat should be stripped of coach of the year when the pats got caught cheating and he was voted coach of the year! everyone wants to talk about a player but this is an organization that cheated and the nfl tried to cover it up…..oops discarded the video tapes!!! WHAT ABOUT THAT COMMISSIONER GOOFBALL????

  16. Boo Hoo Florio picked on your team - GET OVER IT says: May 13, 2010 9:43 PM

    I like James Jones more now.
    Anybody who gets caught cheating deserves to have their awards stripped. Even if it’s Julius Pepper.

  17. silverback says: May 13, 2010 9:44 PM

    Cushing is the biggest dirtbag in the league. A cheat, a roid freak, and a liar. I hope he suffers a career ending injury and he can live the rest of his life with shriveled balls and man boobs!
    Texans = cheaters!

  18. RossyRoss says: May 13, 2010 9:47 PM

    Hey TEXANS 19 cowgirls 10,
    What have the Texans done? 2nd or 3rd place at best?
    2nd place. At least support a team that does something each year other than get 2nd or 3rd place. Before commenting.
    You guys will never make the payoffs!
    2nd rate team
    j$g-off

  19. NoseBleedFan says: May 13, 2010 9:49 PM

    The A.P. has lost all credibility with me for allowing Cushings name to be in the re-vote. All the writers that voted for him after they found out he was “dirty” are a complete joke. Why not just come out and say, “It’s ok to cheat.”

  20. Charisma says: May 13, 2010 9:50 PM

    Texasj, Jones went on to name Byrd or Mathews as worthy winners. SO DID EVERYONE ELSE. Get over it, Cushing cheated.

  21. bruce campbells chainsaw hand says: May 13, 2010 9:56 PM

    James Jones and Brian Cushing should fight and the NFL should sanction it. And it should be on TV, with the undercard a sumo match between Pat Williams and Grady Jackson. Man, football needs to start soon.

  22. FreeAgentPro says: May 13, 2010 9:58 PM

    BRIAN, LUCY IS LOOKING FOR HER PEA-NUTS

  23. Don Mega says: May 13, 2010 9:59 PM

    My first post here, hope it’s not the last.
    OK. Now with this whole strip him of his accolades BS. Yeah Steroid use is not acceptable, I 100% agree with that. But the reason that Cush was able to keep his award is that STEROIDS do not give you skills over night.
    ex. If you could not catch, using steroids will not make you catch able to catch.
    If you could not tackle, STEROIDS will not make you able to tackle.
    The use of STEROIDS does not give you super-human skills. So to say STRIP HIM of his awards is ludacris. Those 18 AP voters know this and hence even in the re-vote he was able to retain his award.
    The other obvious benefits, (increased strength,faster healing,muscle regeneration) is the reason that STEROIDS is being used.
    With or without the STEROIDS I still believe this kid would have still made an impact his rookie season. DROY? I don’t know. But you still need skills and steroid use does not improve this.

  24. Brewster says: May 13, 2010 10:06 PM

    James Jones? I thought he perished in the Jonestown “shibacle’ in Jonestown, Africa.

  25. orangeandbrown85 says: May 13, 2010 10:09 PM

    I think he should have been stripped of it too, but here a thought: If he tested positive in September, could we not assume that he stopped using after that, and therefore played the majority of the season clean? I am in no way agreeing he should have kept the award nor condoning his behavior, and his response has been deplorable and disappointing. But I would think he did play most of the year clean, and that does deserve some consideration and makes this at least a bit easier to swallow.

  26. tnsteve says: May 13, 2010 10:12 PM

    I guess all quotes from anyone are fair game if they support Florio. Move on, Florio. This isn’t like the WWE where they pretend to be bad guys and we all know it’s fake. You are destoying your reputation – such as it was – with all this me-me-me posting of your opinions. Seek therapy.
    P.S. Is anyone from NBC noticing this crap? I assume this is NOT what they signed on for.

  27. texasj says: May 13, 2010 10:27 PM

    Charisma says:
    May 13, 2010 9:50 PM
    Texasj, Jones went on to name Byrd or Mathews as worthy winners. SO DID EVERYONE ELSE. Get over it, Cushing cheated.

  28. Matt Walsh says: May 13, 2010 10:28 PM

    Cheating is cool with the NFL and Goodell, just ask the patriots 3 stained trophies.

  29. aj says: May 13, 2010 10:33 PM

    What a Koolaid drinker.

  30. silverback says: May 13, 2010 10:36 PM

    Congrats DON MEGA on the most naive post in the history of PFT. You are either a 12 years old Texans/USC fan, or Barry Bonds.

  31. green man says: May 13, 2010 10:37 PM

    James who? He’s just mad his own roiding rookie LB got passed over again for DRoTY…

  32. sukit says: May 13, 2010 10:50 PM

    To say Mathews does roids is total BS. The guy has yet to fail a test. The second he does he should be suspended as well. James Jones is now way cooler. I don’t give two shits about the AP award for anything.

  33. Rhandywhite54 says: May 13, 2010 10:55 PM

    You are rubbing it raw Florio. Find some real news other than Cushing.

  34. GirthyOne says: May 13, 2010 10:55 PM

    Don Mega, go back to not posting. Silverback stated exactly what we are thinking. He missed on possibility though, you could just be a dumb ass.

  35. golden pheasant says: May 13, 2010 11:22 PM

    i guess i won’t be drafting texans defense in my fantasy league next year. lol

  36. Reggie says: May 13, 2010 11:25 PM

    The real story here is that James Jones is back from the dead.

  37. AcidSoda says: May 13, 2010 11:37 PM

    Cushing should be stripped of his DROY award and suspended the whole 2010 season, in my humble opinion. The NFL should be strict like the olympic committees.
    The NFL shouldn’t be messing around or they’d turn into the MLB.

  38. Schau3r says: May 13, 2010 11:41 PM

    @Texasj
    As a Texan fan you can continue to enjoy a mediocre franchise that will always produce mediocre results at best. Have fun wasting your time sticking up for the losers on that squad. Andre Johnson must hate it.

  39. GB3Pack4 says: May 13, 2010 11:42 PM

    Waddyaknow? A player with a spine -

  40. 55horses says: May 14, 2010 2:28 AM

    The choice to by the AP to institute a re-vote was ridiculous. There are no AP rules to prohibit voting for a player who has used PEDs.
    By seeking a re-vote, just exactly what was the AP asking the 50 voters to do? Use their vast knowledge of the exact details of Cushing’s testing, alleged use of PEDs, and when and how many times he used PEDs to try to determine what effect his alleged use had on his performance and in which games?
    The writers didn’t even know he HAD tested positive until after the first vote so it seems unlikely they would have any insight as to how it impacted his performance.
    Or was the AP seeking the writers’ judgment on the “morality” of Cushing’s alleged cheating by requiring a re-vote? If that’s the case, why not just ask the voters if Cushing should be stripped of the award?
    Perhaps the AP re-voted because some writers WANTED a morality play and expected a vote against PEDs.
    Before they decide to hand out any more awards, the AP should review their rules and determine whether they are going to re-vote every time a previous award winner tests positive for whatever PEDs the AP puts on its banned list.
    If Cushing had come out at his press conference and said “I admit it. I cheated,” would the writers who voted for him the second time still kept him in first place? Or did those who voted for him a second time believe they had no way of knowing how it impacted his performance?

  41. wxwax says: May 14, 2010 3:42 AM

    Gee, I wonder how many Packers use steroids?
    I sure seem to remember a lot of whispers about Clay Matthews using steroids at USC. Same rumors we heard about Cushing.
    Golly Florio, you’re all over Houston for drafting Cushing despite the whispers. Where’s your outrage at Green Bay for drafting Matthews? Huh?
    Or is it OK because Matthews is smarter about using his masking drugs?
    Wake up, boy!

  42. cuzz4169 says: May 14, 2010 4:09 AM

    If your not cheating in the NFL or MLB your the minority….if your not smoking weed in the NBA your the minority.

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  44. farley121897 says: May 14, 2010 8:10 AM

    wow you guys are retarded…clay matthews didnt test positive for steroids thus he didnt get suspended. lets see how many packers do steroids…ok zero because no one tested positive for them. we draft guys that want to play football and have good character. besides johnny jollys codine problem have you heard of any other packer that had a steroid problem or run ins with the law? nope

  45. sportsfan says: May 14, 2010 8:15 AM

    It’s no secret that players are using….but, some get caught. Whether Matthews has used or is using is not confirmed. Cushing was caught. Other players will get caught. But the fact is that Cushing tested positive. Not Matthews….Not Byrd.
    The NFL, like other sports, has to keep the sport clean. A message could have been sent in this “re-vote.”
    Cushing played well and has football smarts and will still play well. But you can’t be using. Period.

  46. green&bold says: May 14, 2010 8:27 AM

    Can’t believe people are asking for proof that cushing did roids. If you are one of these people you are absolutely stupid. People as d-u-m as you should be required to have a license to breed.

  47. Charles Wood says: May 14, 2010 8:50 AM

    burntorangehorn…
    you’re the jagov son. i would much rather be “playing” in the NFL than “writing” about it.
    …and not so fast to all of you folks who would give cushing the edge in a fight against jones. i’m fairly certain jones would shit kick the dude across lambeau’s parking lot.
    boom.

  48. marcduke says: May 14, 2010 9:44 AM

    To those getting on Matthews Jr. as a suspected roider – last time I checked, he hasn’t failed a drug test.
    You can speculate all you want, but until that changes, STFU.

  49. chickenragnarpartdeux says: May 14, 2010 9:49 AM

    farley121897 says:
    May 14, 2010 8:10 AM
    wow you guys are retarded…clay matthews didnt test positive for steroids thus he didnt get suspended. lets see how many packers do steroids…ok zero because no one tested positive for them. we draft guys that want to play football and have good character. besides johnny jollys codine problem have you heard of any other packer that had a steroid problem or run ins with the law? nope
    ====================================
    You are obviously severely retarded or are like 12 years old.
    The packers have a lengthy list of players getting in trouble with the law, just like every other NFL team.
    This stretches all the way back to Mossy Cade’s raping women and James lofton getting a hummer in a stairwell, all the way upt to Spencer Havner getting in trouble for drinking and driving.
    I’d tell you not to be an idiot. But, being a packer fan, thaey go hand in hand.

  50. FootballPhil says: May 14, 2010 10:34 AM

    chickenragnarpartdeux says:
    May 14, 2010 9:49 AM
    You are obviously severely retarded or are like 12 years old.
    The packers have a lengthy list of players getting in trouble with the law, just like every other NFL team.
    This stretches all the way back to Mossy Cade’s raping women and James lofton getting a hummer in a stairwell, all the way upt to Spencer Havner getting in trouble for drinking and driving.
    I’d tell you not to be an idiot. But, being a packer fan, thaey go hand in hand.
    —————————————————-
    True, every team has players that have gotten into trouble. How many franchises/cities/state and local governments have stepped up to the plate, and built a new stadium? Maybe if your beloved Bi-queens by some miracle get a stadium built you guys will hire those great contractors that built the bridge. Maybe you were the laborer on that job. Do us all a favor and stand underneath it again.

  51. Supersuckers says: May 14, 2010 10:36 AM

    chickenragnarpartdeux says:
    May 14, 2010 9:49 AM
    farley121897 says:
    May 14, 2010 8:10 AM
    wow you guys are retarded…clay matthews didnt test positive for steroids thus he didnt get suspended. lets see how many packers do steroids…ok zero because no one tested positive for them. we draft guys that want to play football and have good character. besides johnny jollys codine problem have you heard of any other packer that had a steroid problem or run ins with the law? nope
    ====================================
    You are obviously severely retarded or are like 12 years old.
    The packers have a lengthy list of players getting in trouble with the law, just like every other NFL team.
    This stretches all the way back to Mossy Cade’s raping women and James lofton getting a hummer in a stairwell, all the way upt to Spencer Havner getting in trouble for drinking and driving.
    I’d tell you not to be an idiot. But, being a packer fan, thaey go hand in hand.
    ——————–
    Whats wrong with getting blown in a public yet secret place? Count me guilty several times over if it is a crime..

  52. YOOPERBILL says: May 14, 2010 11:25 AM

    Shouldnt the award have been given to a player who performed all season like an all pro on natural talent and not with the help of steroids to make him great, isnt giving the award to a player who had illegal help through his roid use unfair to all the other players in the BFL who didnt yse roids.I applaud James Jones for having the balls to say what most, if not all, honest,steroid free NFL players feel but are too afraid to say. we will see how this tainted award winner plays next season without the help of steroids,he will be just another average player out there on the field without them,wait and see.

  53. Supersuckers says: May 14, 2010 11:41 AM

    By the Way Chicken the Vikings signed Cade immediately when he was let out of jail. Just FYI

  54. jimicos says: May 14, 2010 1:55 PM

    GregO says:
    May 13, 2010 9:15 PM
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    How about at least one mention about the fact that this situation is not unprecedented. You think you could do that Florio?
    ————————
    1st: Florio mentioned it a week ago. Try to keep up with the rest of the class.
    2nd: It’s not the same thing. In Peppers’ case he WAS suspended for four games in his rookie season. Everyone knew he was busted and they voted him in on 12 games worth of football. In Cushing’s case, they found out after the fact–which is why there was a revote.
    “UPDATE: Steve Wyche of NFL Network has confirmed the report. ESPN’s Michael Smith points out that Julius Peppers was suspended during his Rookie of the Year campaign, so this has happened three times in eight years. Yikes.”
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/05/07/brian-cushing-suspended-four-games/

  55. Beer Cheese Soup says: May 14, 2010 3:36 PM

    Florio seems to really have it in for Mr. Cushing, this being his 29th article on the subject..
    Too bad he couldn’t make this big of a deal when the Vikings’ own LB Henderson was busted for steroids last season. That would show a lot less of a homer bias on his part.
    Furthermore, who cares what any 4th WR, even one on my own team, thinks?? There has to be someone better to quote on the subject.
    chickenragnarpartdeux says:
    The packers have a lengthy list of players getting in trouble with the law, just like every other NFL team.
    ____________________________________
    Yes, just like EVERY team. There isn’t a franchise out there that hasn’t had its share of off-field scandals (albeit some more so than others–as you know all too well), so why even bring it up? That has NO relevance to this topic whatsoever.

  56. Koition says: May 14, 2010 10:39 PM

    First of all, for those of you saying Jones was crying about Matthews NOT getting the award… it was far from it… He stated Cushing should get stripped of the award, he did not state it should go to “whoever”… I highly doubt he cares whether Matthews gets it or not.
    Second, as mentioned many times, trying to justify Cushing actions by lumping Matthews with him is piss-poor logic. The difference, Matthews has not tested positive for anything. Because they were teamates mentioned in the same breath means nothing… If Matthews tests positive any time soon, he should be punished as well… until then…
    Third, I applaud him for having the balls to go against the grain and say what a vast majority of people think, but won’t say.
    Don Mega, poor logic… While Cush obvously has natural talent, saying roids wouldn’t help him is downright retarded. Why? Do you think a 180lb Cushing can bring down Maurice Jones-Drew as easily as a 200+ lb Cushing, regardless of his “original” tackle ability?
    Lastly, regardless of who won the DROY, what matters is who has the better carreer from here on out… I’d now put my $ on Byrd and Matthews.

  57. DDJesus says: May 16, 2010 10:24 AM

    LOL at all of you James Jones bashers. I met the guy (and 3 of his teammates, and the Packers CEO) a couple days ago. He is the definition of class. He will be the next Donald Driver in Green Bay.
    Also LOL at everyone bashing Clay Matthews, who has never failed a drug test.

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