AP revoting on defensive rookie, All-Pro after Cushing breaks policy
Old 05-11-2010, 12:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing was voted NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year at the end of the 2009 season -- part of The Associated Press' annual awards honoring outstanding on-field performance.

However, as a result of Cushing's violation of the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy and his admission that he took a "nonsteroidal" banned substance, AP is conducting a revote for defensive rookie and All-Pro outside linebacker honors.

Cushing received five All-Pro votes and made the second team. He's still among the nominees in the revote, and ballots are due by noon ET Wednesday.

"This is the first time we've encountered an issue like this," said Lou Ferrara, AP's managing editor for sports and entertainment. "Because these awards are based on on-field performance, we consider it necessary to review the matter and allow for a revote, especially after concerns were raised by many of our voters."

Cushing was a runaway winner for the defensive rookie award in balloting by a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league. He received 39 votes, easily beating Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd, who had six.
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what a disgrace and hes suspended for the first 4 games.....Jairus Byrd should have won it to begin with, IMO...

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If i were voting, i would definitely give it to Byrd.
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finally something positive for the Bills
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i don't know how he wasn't found for steroid use in college. it's pretty blatant if you see a picture of him.

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i don't know how he wasn't found for steroid use in college. it's pretty blatant if you see a picture of him.

he went to USC, so there's your answer
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he went to USC, so there's your answer
haha..Yep!

At USC, you can take steroids, pay players money, give players cars, and even buy players houses. Let you still are a clean program.

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i don't know how he wasn't found for steroid use in college. it's pretty blatant if you see a picture of him.

there were allegations that they found "banned" substances in his system before the draft combine...but teams look for players that can win, and they thought they would get away with it...
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finally something positive for the Bills
couldn't agree more...and i thought byrd deserved it to begin with...
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Revote - No difference

Cushing to keep defensive rookie award

NEW YORK -- Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has won a revote and will keep The Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award he won in January.

The second vote was taken after the league suspended Cushing for four games last week. He tested positive in September, violating the NFL's drug policy. Although Cushing said he took a non-steroid substance, the league still considers it a performance-enhancer.

The AP decided to have a revote, with a Wednesday noon deadline.

That revote gave Cushing 18 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league. Buffalo safety Jairus Byrd received 13 votes, and Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews III got 10. Washington linebacker Brian Orakpo earned three votes, and St. Louis linebacker James Laurinaitis got one.

In the original balloting, Cushing received 39 votes to six for Byrd, three for Matthews and two for Orakpo.

Cushing did lose his spot on the All-Pro second team, for which he originally had five votes and now has just one.

Three voters were not available to cast ballots, and two voters abstained.

Cushing was tested last September, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

After being alerted of the positive test, Cushing was tested randomly numerous times throughout the season and never tested positive again, a source familiar with the case told Schefter.

Cushing's test was positive for elevated levels of hCG, the source familiar with the case told Schefter.

HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) is a banned substance that is widely used to stimulate the body's testosterone production after an athlete uses anabolic steroids.

Cushing is suspended without pay until Oct. 4, although he can participate in offseason workouts, training camp and preseason games. He will not be eligible for next season's Pro Bowl -- he made the AFC team last January, but did not play, citing several injuries -- or any NFL-sponsored awards.
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Revote - No difference

Cushing to keep defensive rookie award

NEW YORK -- Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing has won a revote and will keep The Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award he won in January.

The second vote was taken after the league suspended Cushing for four games last week. He tested positive in September, violating the NFL's drug policy. Although Cushing said he took a non-steroid substance, the league still considers it a performance-enhancer.

The AP decided to have a revote, with a Wednesday noon deadline.

That revote gave Cushing 18 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 sports writers and broadcasters who cover the league. Buffalo safety Jairus Byrd received 13 votes, and Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews III got 10. Washington linebacker Brian Orakpo earned three votes, and St. Louis linebacker James Laurinaitis got one.

In the original balloting, Cushing received 39 votes to six for Byrd, three for Matthews and two for Orakpo.

Cushing did lose his spot on the All-Pro second team, for which he originally had five votes and now has just one.

Three voters were not available to cast ballots, and two voters abstained.

Cushing was tested last September, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

After being alerted of the positive test, Cushing was tested randomly numerous times throughout the season and never tested positive again, a source familiar with the case told Schefter.

Cushing's test was positive for elevated levels of hCG, the source familiar with the case told Schefter.

HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) is a banned substance that is widely used to stimulate the body's testosterone production after an athlete uses anabolic steroids.

Cushing is suspended without pay until Oct. 4, although he can participate in offseason workouts, training camp and preseason games. He will not be eligible for next season's Pro Bowl -- he made the AFC team last January, but did not play, citing several injuries -- or any NFL-sponsored awards.
what a joke...NFL, should be ashamed...what kind of message does this send to the upcoming rookies...
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what a joke...NFL, should be ashamed...what kind of message does this send to the upcoming rookies...
the NFL has nothing to do with this, its not their reward, its the Assoiated Press
NFL just suspended his for 4 games
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the NFL has nothing to do with this, its not their reward, its the Assoiated Press
NFL just suspended his for 4 games
they could have came out and said hes inalienable for the re-vote...if you can take a banned substance and win ROY, then there is something really wrong with the system...
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