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Clay Matthews denies doing steroids

NFL_matthews2.jpgNearly two weeks after Texans linebacker Brian Cushing acquired the scarlet letter of steroids and one week after it became more indelible than a tattoo, his former teammate at USC has addressed the rumors that have intensified in the wake of Cushing’s four-game suspension.

I’ve never
taken steroids
,” Matthews said Wednesday, according to Jason Wilde of 540espn.com.  “I would never even touch a banned substance.  I’ve never done
drugs, never in my life.

“As you can see from my family, I think our history
speaks for itself.  We’ve got some talented people in my family in
regards to football, and we do it the right way.  I take that very
serious, when people throw accusations my way, because I feel like I’ve
done nothing but hard work.  I’ve done everything I needed to do to put
myself in this position. And if people want to try to bring me down,
that’s fine.  But I’m going to keep being myself.”

Enhancing the rumors regarding Matthews is the fact that a false report emerged in April 2009 that both Cushing and Matthews had tested positive for steroids at the Scouting Combine.  Both denied it at the time.  Cushing’s denial now rings hollow.

“There was definitely a slight sense of
guilt-by-association,” Matthews said of Cushing’s positive test for hCG.  “Like I said, I’m very good
friends with him, we have very similar stories, but beyond that, we’re
on different teams now.  He lives in Texas, I live in Wisconsin.  There’s
not a whole lot there.”

Matthews also expressed support for Cushing, but if the re-vote for the AP defensive rookie of the year award had resulted in Matthews getting more votes, Matthews wouldn’t have complained.

I didn’t
really think about that to be quite honest, but if I’d have won the
award I would have gladly accepted it,” Matthews said.  “At the same time, in my eyes
Cushing won it.  That’s his award, he won it, he got it.”

He’s also achieved a level of notoriety that will continue to stick at least a bit to Matthews, and it will only dissipate after Matthews continues to produce solid seasons without generating a positive drug test.

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  1. Worst Poster Ever says: May 20, 2010 3:52 PM

    Jesus Christ Florio…
    Did you really just say that Mathews has achieved notoriety that will continue to stick to him because a former college teamate of his got suspended for PEDs?
    Sometimes I think most of your posts are just trolling for angry comments…

  2. Cincinnasty says: May 20, 2010 3:54 PM

    Here come the Maugulua rumors..

  3. chickenragnar the 3rd says: May 20, 2010 3:56 PM

    Enhancing the rumors regarding Matthews is the fact that a false report emerged in April 2009 that both Cushing and Matthews had tested positive for steroids at the Scouting Combine. Both denied it at the time. Cushing’s denial now rings hollow.
    ==================================
    The old adage that ‘where there is smoke there is fire’ seems quit fitting here.

  4. judaspriest83 says: May 20, 2010 3:57 PM

    Leave the true NFL ROY alone Florio. Not too mention this story has been mentioned in papers from WI awhile now. Dont’ be a Hater!

  5. poopytrails says: May 20, 2010 4:03 PM

    pooptrails says poopytrails never use steroids only laxatives

  6. Bob Nelson says: May 20, 2010 4:04 PM

    For a proclaimed lawyer to engage in guilt by association when an innocent man has never been accused??
    It makes you look bad and unAmerican Mike.
    Remember Cushing is a New Jersey guy with low morality. Matthews has nothing to do with east coast immorality.
    If it is a slow period and you need stories,have Rosenthal do the research and you write it up an article on which teams have had the most steroid violations in the last 3 years, 6 years and 10 years.
    The Packers have had zero violations.
    Now when you look at the vikings with Ray Edwards caught, Henderson caught, the two DT’s Williams caught, you see a much larger problem.
    Just let the facts speak for themselves.

  7. Jack Factor says: May 20, 2010 4:05 PM

    Clay Matthews, welcome to Lance Armstrong’s world – never a positive test, but it will dog you forever.
    Matthews is a beast and he will continue to succeed and test negative. An A+ guy.
    You were friends with a teammate that tests positive is now the standard????? – I guess everyone is guilty.

  8. buhbay1c says: May 20, 2010 4:05 PM

    I don’t believe the part about him never using drugs. There’s no way he could live in Wisconsin and not use something other than the thousands of gallons of paint thinner Packer fans consume daily to take the edge off. Just ask JimmySmith, why do you think he lives in Minnesota? If Wisconsin is so great why wouldn’t he live there, amongst the most hickish fans in the league?

  9. Boudin says: May 20, 2010 4:13 PM

    just keep following the trail. you know Florio is going to eventually end up saying Reggie Bush did steroids…

  10. hawksfan03 says: May 20, 2010 4:13 PM

    should clay matthews deny being an alcoholic too. I mean maugulua was an alcoholic so matthews must be, right?

  11. overkil2 says: May 20, 2010 4:14 PM

    “Big Stretch says:
    May 20, 2010 3:54 PM
    You are a jackass to imply Matthews is guilty by association. Does this mean that Rey Maualuga is guilty of taking steroids also?

    Maybe, maybe not, but we do know for sure that he’s a drunk.

  12. Dispenser of Justice says: May 20, 2010 4:14 PM

    I totally believe him. Any 190 pound walk on can turn into a shredded 260 pound defensive end in the NFL. It just takes hard work, a solid diet, and some Joe Weider mega-packs.

  13. PossibleCabbage says: May 20, 2010 4:19 PM

    As a rule, I don’t think that people who haven’t failed a drug test should really have to deny taking anything that would cause them to fail a drug test. Sure, testing in the NFL isn’t as strict as it is in a lot of other sports, but I don’t think we should go around randomly accusing people in the absence of evidence.

  14. Sacram3ntal says: May 20, 2010 4:19 PM

    No, Florio was trying to say that Cushing has achieved such infamy that it has affected people’s perception of Matthews as well- at least a little bit.
    I think this is true- just like it’s true Matthews will be able to ditch the link to Cushing permanently, just by continuing to perform at a Pro Bowl level.
    Sure- it’s unfair to Matthews, but he’s achieved an awesome level of success, and the sky is the limit.
    So someone spilled a little “unfair” into all of the “awesome”. I’m sure he can handle it.

  15. Duan says: May 20, 2010 4:22 PM

    Now I am a Clay Matthews III fan, simply because of his dad being old #57 for the Dawg Pound.
    But he did come into USC as a very undersized safety, who grew 2″ and bulked up about 50lbs. So , it does kind of make you wonder how you bulk up like that and not lose any speed or quickness.
    But hey, you never know?

  16. MrHumble says: May 20, 2010 4:24 PM

    It has long been suspected that Cushing and Matthews were doin’ ‘roids and I believe it is only a matter of time before the proof now comes out on Matthews, like it did on Cushing……who, like Matthews, vehemently denied ever taking ‘roids. What would you expect a player to say, ….”yes, I took ‘roids”. Matthews has become a blip on the radar now and with his Cushing-like denial, it will result in plenty of digging until they unearth the truth. Matthews best be careful becuz it’s rather obvious that he is playing alongside a big doper in A.J. “look at the size of my head” Hawk. Who has the bigger disporportioned head, Barry Bonds or AJ Hawk, lol

  17. buhbay1c says: May 20, 2010 4:25 PM

    I love how Boob Nelson throws members of the Vikings into his posts because one the players on the Packers overrated defense is being accused of juicing. And how about him accusing Florio of being “unamerican”. What a douche. You’re the quintessential American Bob, with your anti-semetic remarks about the Vikings ownership and your undeniable sexual feelings regarding the Packers. U-S-A!

  18. akuehn713 says: May 20, 2010 4:27 PM

    For all of those bashing the “guilt by association” comment think about this:
    The guys were roomates and good friends.
    They both had reports of a positive test.
    They both trained together at USC.
    Matthews walked on as a 180 lb Freshman safety and in 3 years became a 245 lb linebacker.
    I personally don’t think Matthews roids, but there are enough similarities to warrant the question.
    Matthews is a stand up guy, from a stand up football family and the big clincher is a former USC teammate said that Cushing’s steroid use occured over the summer when he’d go back home to New Jersey, not at USC.

  19. Ron Dayne's Strict Diet says: May 20, 2010 4:28 PM

    most hickish fans in the league
    You’ve never been to a Dallas game, have you?

  20. SC 4ever says: May 20, 2010 4:34 PM

    Hey, Florio,
    Remember this? How’s this for taint?
    Hokies 13
    #1 Trojans 24

  21. tradebait9 says: May 20, 2010 4:37 PM

    Apparently BOB NELSON forgot to mention TONY MANDARICH………ADMITTED STERIOD USER!!!!

  22. seals says: May 20, 2010 4:42 PM

    My sources have said Cushing would get his smack from Mathews and Mathews taught Cushing how to cycle and mask. That is just what I heard but I didn’t see it with my own eyes.

  23. finsbooyah says: May 20, 2010 4:58 PM

    “Remember Cushing is a New Jersey guy with low morality. Matthews has nothing to do with east coast immorality. ”
    @Bob Nelson, you are a complete douche. So people from New Jersey are the only ones who do steroids?? Please don’t ever have kids

  24. ZombieRevolution says: May 20, 2010 4:59 PM

    “…Brian Cushing acquired the scarlet letter of steroids and one week after it became more indelible than a tattoo…”
    In a year or two people will barely remeber he was suspended, beacuse it is fairly common. That standup guy, Rodney Harrison was suspended and PFT loves him.
    “…At the same time, in my eyes Cushing won it. That’s his award, he won it, he got it.””
    Wow- where is the PFT outrage that Matthews would support a guy that used PEDs and say the Cushing deserves the award. You vilified writers for less. The PFT double standard rolls along again.

  25. PossibleCabbage says: May 20, 2010 5:19 PM

    “Matthews walked on as a 180 lb Freshman safety and in 3 years became a 245 lb linebacker.”
    This has been reported erroneously a lot. He wasn’t 180 lbs when he walked on at USC, he was 205. He was 180 lbs as a junior in high school, and as a result wasn’t recruited at all by any major college football programs. After walking on at USC, over the course of four years he gained 2-3″ in height and put on about 40 lbs, which is totally reasonable to do naturally (steroids won’t make you taller, after all).
    If there is a player in that draft class who, even without evidence, needs to be looked at for possible PED use simply due to the rapid pace at which he grew, it’s Buffalo’s Aaron Maybin, who put on 25 lbs of muscle between the end of his Penn State season (in early January) and the NFL scouting combine (in late February.) But, he hasn’t failed any tests either.

  26. murray22 says: May 20, 2010 5:21 PM

    Clay’s dad and uncle played linebacker and offensive lineman at Pro Bowl levels. It’s not unusual for young guys to get a lot bigger and stronger between ages 18 to 22. I’m guessing Clay didn’t need to juice to get big. His family is big.

  27. Fan of Football says: May 20, 2010 5:27 PM

    Matthews had a few strange growth spurts while at USC. I would not be surprised at all if Matthew’s was a prolific performance enhancing drug user.

  28. sasquash69 says: May 20, 2010 5:30 PM

    @Bob Nelson
    So if your from New Jersey you have no class or morality? Is that what your saying? You have no class if you think all 10 million or so people from New Jersey have no class. Your ignorant and clueless. If you said all north Jersey scumbags have no class or morality then I would agree with you. But when you lump south Jersey with North Jersey it drives me mad. Its like two different states, and I think that juice head is from North Jersey.

  29. Lex Luger says: May 20, 2010 5:33 PM

    I would be shocked to find out Clay Matthews never injected human growth hormone.
    I m a lifelong packer fan, but I tell it how I see it.
    In 2004 offseason, Favre was lost nearly all his body fat with a new workout program. I didnt realize it at the time but the new program was hgh injections no doubt.
    There are telltale signs to growth hormone use, not as obvious as steroids cause it doesnt cause you to retain water, but very low body fat is a good indication of using it.

  30. pkrlvr says: May 20, 2010 5:34 PM

    Yeah, Clay never touched steroids. If you believe that I’ve got a bridge for sale. He put on 50 lbs. to play linebacker. Hard to do that without juice. I think most of these guys are cycling during the offseason and are just smarter than cushing when it comes to getting caught.
    Btw, BoB Nelson, can you ever make a post without desparaging the Vikes? Or in this case, the whole east coast? What a douche you are.

  31. JerkStore says: May 20, 2010 5:35 PM

    “Matthews walked on as a 180 lb Freshman safety and in 3 years became a 245 lb linebacker.”
    So not true- where do people get this 180 lb walk-on info from? A link to any source that claims that? Or that claims he walked-on as a Safety? Not to mention he was at USC for 5 years, not 3.

  32. PULL&SEAL says: May 20, 2010 5:45 PM

    Clay Matthews scares the $hit out of Viking fans.

  33. philwauke says: May 20, 2010 5:49 PM

    So since Big ben goes around raping chicks that must mean Charlie batch does also.

  34. skimbell says: May 20, 2010 6:03 PM

    “should clay matthews deny being an alcoholic too. I mean maugulua was an alcoholic so matthews must be, right?”
    ________________________________
    Vicodin too! Brat Favre was a Vic junkie! Bet CM picked up the habit just walking by Brents old locker.
    I mean, hell it’s probably possible>

  35. JimmySmith says: May 20, 2010 6:21 PM

    and it will only dissipate after Matthews continues to produce solid seasons without generating a positive drug test
    =========================
    Jesus Christ Florio, Matthews has only played one season and has done so at a high level and without generating a positive drug test. Now, if he makes the Pro Bowl for a second straight year without a positive drug test, then are you going to write an article saying he is the real deal?
    Can’t wait for that.

  36. StevieMo says: May 20, 2010 6:21 PM

    Once a steroid user, always a liar.

  37. Johnnyb612 says: May 20, 2010 6:31 PM

    Boy do I hope he’s telling the truth. It’s getting harder and harder to trust these guys though. I hope to god he is an exception to the new norm.

  38. Beer Cheese Soup says: May 20, 2010 7:01 PM

    “Clay Matthews denies doing steroids”
    ____________________________________
    On a related note, Patrick Kerney and Warrick Dunn apparently were never involved in dogfighting.
    How is this even a story???

  39. PossibleCabbage says: May 20, 2010 7:16 PM

    “He put on 50 lbs. to play linebacker, Hard to do that without juice.”
    It’s much easier when.
    1) You only put on 40 lbs (205 lbs as a freshman at USC, 245 lbs at the scouting combine).
    2) You take 5 years to do it.
    3) You gain two inches of height in the meantime.
    Does anybody honestly believe that somebody couldn’t put on 40 lbs of muscle over five years of working out during which time you also get naturally taller, without being clean? Not saying Matthews necessarily was (though innocent until proven guilty), but all these arguments about “how he couldn’t have done what he did without PEDs” are ridiculous.

  40. Franchise says: May 20, 2010 7:17 PM

    Bob Nelson says:
    “For a proclaimed lawyer to engage in guilt by association when an innocent man has never been accused??”
    Both Cushing AND Matthews were slapped on the wrist in college for using suspect supliments, and dodged drug tests. Both were accused of using.
    I would say thats a reason to accuse.

  41. mission says: May 20, 2010 7:29 PM

    The guy’s dad looked like Zeus and played 50+ seasons. You don’t have longevity in a violent sport like football by taking ‘roids. Too many joints going out down the road.

  42. 55horses says: May 20, 2010 7:31 PM

    And football “analyst” Florio achieved some notoriety for one time working at ESPN with the likes of cocaine users or folks who used their cellphones for sending pictures of their ‘dinkies’, and men who use their edumacation to blowed up the teebee.
    If you go to USC, or gain more than 2,000 yards rushing in one season, you will likely murder your ex-wife.

  43. jackybadass says: May 20, 2010 7:39 PM

    test this long haired heavy metal freak! he’s gotta be on something.

  44. cobrakai says: May 20, 2010 7:51 PM

    I saw him riding on Floyd Landis’ handle bars the other day

  45. sukit says: May 20, 2010 9:17 PM

    Prove it bitches!

  46. seals says: May 20, 2010 10:47 PM

    never seen any player more jacked up, Clay reminds me of latimer

  47. shaggytoodle says: May 20, 2010 11:59 PM

    Well said Cabbage
    “He put on 50 lbs. to play linebacker, Hard to do that without juice.”
    It’s much easier when.
    1) You only put on 40 lbs (205 lbs as a freshman at USC, 245 lbs at the scouting combine).
    2) You take 5 years to do it.
    3) You gain two inches of height in the meantime.
    and please don’t forget your at one of the BIGGEST football schools in the US. They have incredible trainers and regiments. Yes I am concerned about the connection, but he is still innocent til proven guilty.

  48. vast herd says: May 21, 2010 12:10 AM

    With his family connections to the NFL and the expectations of him following in their footsteps, is it not possible he could have done everything possible to make it happen? I think the fact that Cushing and Matthews both were named at the scouting combine and both denied it, only to have Cushing’s use proved, warrants a close eye on Matthews if nothing else.

  49. Tompadre says: May 21, 2010 9:45 AM

    PossibleCabbage says:
    May 20, 2010 5:19 PM
    “Matthews walked on as a 180 lb Freshman safety and in 3 years became a 245 lb linebacker.”
    This has been reported erroneously a lot. He wasn’t 180 lbs when he walked on at USC, he was 205. He was 180 lbs as a junior in high school, and as a result wasn’t recruited at all by any major college football programs. After walking on at USC, over the course of four years he gained 2-3″ in height and put on about 40 lbs, which is totally reasonable to do naturally (steroids won’t make you taller, after all).
    ————————————————-
    Wrong! Matthews was not a 205 lbs freshman, and he wasn’t 180 lbs as a jr. in high school. Numerous articles list him at 166 lbs as a junior and that he wasn’t recruited because he was too skinny, too weak & too slow even after growing as a senior.
    The USC radio announcers (on their flagship station) constantly referred to him walking on in the 190 lb range. They talked, without even realizing the implications, about how much weight and speed he had gained, especially from his junior to senior year in college. They even made note of how he really didn’t have a very big frame – then or now. While PEDs may not add height, they surely add muscle mass and speed, both of wich Matthews increased quite considerably and in unusual jumps. Amazing that he got so much faster while carrying more weight. People can increase their speed (slow to decent, decent to fast, fast to very fast, very fast to blazing) but you just don’t see people go from too slow to very fast as Matthews did.
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    murray22 says:
    May 20, 2010 5:21 PM
    Clay’s dad and uncle played linebacker and offensive lineman at Pro Bowl levels. It’s not unusual for young guys to get a lot bigger and stronger between ages 18 to 22. I’m guessing Clay didn’t need to juice to get big. His family is big.
    —————————————
    As mentioned above – he didn’t, and doesn’t have a particularly big frame, as noted on the USC flagship station.
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
    JerkStore -
    As noted above, not all information is gathered thru the internet; there are other forms of news outlets. Sorry, can’t provide a link for you to past USC football games radio broadcasts.

  50. Tompadre says: May 21, 2010 9:50 AM

    Check out the man hard at work.
    http://www.buffalorumblings.com/2009/4/8/822275/rumblings-scouting-report-usc-lb

  51. jimicos says: May 21, 2010 2:23 PM

    Tompadre says:
    May 21, 2010 9:50 AM
    Check out the man hard at work.
    http://www.buffalorumblings.com/2009/4/8/822275/rumblings-scouting-report-usc-lb
    ————————-
    Yes, that picture is undeniable proof that Matthews is a juicer.

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