August 10, 2010

Brian Cushing blames positive test on medical condition.: Texans LB Brian Cushing claims his condition triggers certain hormones when training, thus giving him a positive test for fertility drugs.

posted by sgtcookzane to football at 08:28 AM - 6 comments

As a cycling fan, I thought I'd heard every creative excuse possible for a positive doping test. This guy wins the award for the most lame attempt I've every heard.

He doesn't seem to understand he got off easy when he got to keep his Defensive Rookie of Year award. I sure hope Goodell doesn't fall for this or everyone else is goiing to start using this excuse.

posted by BikeNut at 08:49 AM on August 10, 2010

Maybe I'm an optimist, but I'll wait to pass judgment on how lame of an attempt this is after I hear more about the evidence he has to back it up. I don't think its right to not give him a chance at all without knowing anything about the proof he has thats apparently backed up by multiple doctors.

posted by Andy1087 at 10:26 AM on August 10, 2010

It sounds like Cushing and McNair went to a bunch of doctors and asked how one could test positive for hcG without having taken it. They started by eliminating the most obvious and likely way and went from there. McNair seems like a complete sucker.

posted by bperk at 10:28 AM on August 10, 2010

Science teaches the simplest explanation (e.g. the one with fewest assumptions) is usually correct (see Occam's Razor).

In this case, as is true with all doping cases, the simplest explanation for testing positive for hcG is you injected yourself with hcG. Any other explanation involves a massive increase in complexity and assumptions.

posted by BikeNut at 12:20 PM on August 10, 2010

If I remember correctly Cushing was suspended for the same drug that Manny Ramirez was give 50 games for last year. In a way I want to see this go thru so that Manny can try and claim he has the same condition. Then we can all laugh at Manny for trying to pass himself off as a conditioning animal and not a lazy SOB (who was extremely talented with a bat)

posted by Demophon at 12:36 PM on August 10, 2010

He doesn't seem to understand he got off easy when he got to keep his Defensive Rookie of Year award

The award and his punishment have nothing to do with each other. The NFL hands down the punishment. As for the award, a re-vote was held because of his positive test and he received more than enough votes to keep it.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 01:17 PM on August 10, 2010

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