Brian Cushing: I should have spoken to league before PED test

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Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has been reinstated from the 10-game suspension he served for a second violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy and he spoke to reporters on Wednesday about what led to the positive test.

Cushing did not say what substance he took that triggered the test, but intimated that it is one that others in the league take with a prescription. He said he began taking it because there were a “good amount of things bothering me in this past offseason, most mentally” and blamed himself for not communicating with the league.

“I should have communicated with the league better about it,” Cushing said, via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. “I take full responsibility for it. The encouraging thing is there are other guys in the league that are allowed to take this. … I hope they understand I had an issue I was trying to better myself with. As I’ve gotten older, there’s been a lot of things I’ve been worrisome about. Especially with a lot of the older players that have played and retired and the situations they’ve been in.”

Cushing’s longtime trainer said at the time of Cushing’s suspension that the linebacker was using DHEA (the hormone dehydroepiandrosterone), which is part of many over-the-counter supplements but is banned by the NFL. The Mayo Clinic’s website says that DHEA could be used for anti-aging purposes “in theory,” but that no research backs up that use. The human body naturally produces dehydroepiandrosterone in the adrenal gland, which in turn helps produce testosterone and estrogen.

The trainer later backed off that claim and Cushing never commented publicly. He did say on Wednesday that Adderall was not the trigger for the positive test.

12 responses to “Brian Cushing: I should have spoken to league before PED test

  1. “ I hope they understand I had an issue I was trying to better myself with” continued Cushing “I hadn’t felt roid rage in, like, 3 to 4 weeks and was really missing it, so I medically had to do something about the situation, ie take more ‘roids”

  2. Wouldn’t it be refreshing if one of these guys just told the truth? Yeah, I was on the juice and got caught, sorry.

  3. “he began taking it because there were a “good amount of things bothering me in this past offseason, most mentally” and blamed himself for not communicating with the league” ~ So what your saying Mr.PED, is that you knowingly took a PED drug that was against league rules but didn’t tell the league you were taking it before getting caught, even though u KNEW it was against the rules and would get you suspended more then ever? Does this clown actually believe we’re that stupid? Seriously. I be he’s too dumb to even know what he just said there.

    And FYI Mr. PED, that old (not saying it but intimating that it was)Adderall argument is about as old as the game of football now. Also, as someone whose actually dealt w/ real mental illness as well as A.D.D. almost a lifeime, your reference/non reference to Addrall is laughable as something that could help make u deal with things “bothering” you or that are causing mental anquish. If anyone wears the “dumb jock” label more then this jackwaggon, I’d like to know because he just keeps spewing GARBAGE as if we’re to stupid to know otherwise. Here’s a tip, Mr. PED…Just SHUT UP and move on.

  4. Ask permission first or don’t take it. Failure to do so means you cheated no matter what ridiculous excuse you make up when you get caught.

    I realize I am likely in the minority on this but I think if a guy gets busted for PEDs the first time he should be banned for a calendar year. If he gets busted a second time, he is done in the NFL forever as a player. No excuses. No yeah, buts. Done.

  5. packrule says:
    December 6, 2017 at 7:49 pm
    Ok and The check is in the mail. I beleive him about as much as I beleive the earth is flat.

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    Wow, so far 50% are flatearthers.

  6. “I should have communicated with the league better about it(a banned substance)”, is quite a bit different quote than, “I should have spoken to league before PED test”.

  7. We all believe you, Brian.

    Hurry up and take more drugs so you can get your stupid ass caught and suspended for the rest of what would have been your mediocre career.

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