Anti-doping experts said Wednesday that allowing Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing to play for an entire season after testing positive for a banned substance makes a mockery of the NFL’s drug-testing program. “It is so far beyond the pale that it negates the intent of the policy,” said Dr. Gary Wadler, an associate professor of medicine at New York University and an adviser to the World Anti-Doping Agency. “This guy gets tested in September and plays the whole season? He played so well he was named defensive rookie of the year? Then it is announced that he was taking a performance-enhancing drug? That doesn’t make sense. “It makes a mockery of the anti-doping process.” In September, Cushing submitted the urine that tested positive for human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a banned substance sometimes prescribed as a fertility aid that is also favored by steroid users whose ability to produce natural testosterone has been diminished. He was not disciplined by the league until last week. According to Dr. Lewis Maharam, medical director of the Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon Series, the NFL’s lag time is unacceptable. “For any drug program to be effective, you need to streamline the appeals process to make it faster,” Maharam… Read full this story
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