Well, they say it takes one to know one. During his playing career, linebacker Bill Romanowski was one. And now Bill Romanowski knows one.
In an appearance earlier today on Sirius XM’s Mad Dog Radio, Romanowski discussed the recent four-game suspension imposed on Texans linebacker Brian Cushing, who tested positive for hCG last September.
“[H]ere’s the deal,” Romanowski said, “The only way you can get that substance that he took, hCG, in your body is to inject it, okay? So let’s get that clear. So his sob story on TV was, I’m just going to say, was a total lie, okay?
“Do you think when he was getting injected in his ass that he didn’t know what was going on? Well, bullcrap. Let’s get real. Be honest about it, Brian. I’m sorry you got caught but be honest about it. What that substance is is a substance from pregnant women’s urine and what it does is when you have taken a cycle of steroids it turns your system back on from being shut down. It is very, very common in bodybuilding. That is a bodybuilding supplement, or a bodybuilding drug, where when these bodybuilders go on massive doses of steroids for months at a time, they will take that drug to turn their normal system back on and get it working again.”
After he retired from football, Romanowski admitted to using steroids during his career. And that makes Romanowski’s observation regarding the testing program confusing, to say the least.
“The NFL has been doing it, testing athletes, for 30 years and clearly they are one of the cleanest sports in the world when it comes to that,” Romanowski said. “People think that football players are doing a lot of stuff. Well, if they are they’re playing Russian roulette. So the NFL has done an outstanding job policing that. Are they perfect? No, but they have done an outstanding job.”
Outstanding enough to catch Cushing. But not outstanding enough to catch Romanowski.