Where is the Outrage?
The NFL announced this week that Brian Cushing of the Houston Texans has been suspended for 10 games for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances. The 10-game suspension will cost Cushing over 44 million, plus more if Houston attempts to recoup any of his signing bonus.
Cushing previously was suspended four games in 2010 for testing positive for HCG, a fertility drug that was on the NFL’s banned-substances list.
In a statement, Cushing’s lawyer, Harvey Steinberg, said the veteran linebacker “is aware of the negative impact he has had on his team and most important his fans. It is with the deepest remorse that he humbly apologizes to his fans, teammates and coaches.” Cushing will not appeal the ruling.
While I am pleased that Cushing’s lawyers say that he is aware of the negative impact that his behavior has had on his fans, what about the impact that this abhorrent behavior has had on the kids? The young people who look up to him and other star football athletes. Those high school players across the country that are looking to their role models for signals as to how it is that they made it to the big leagues. Did they do it the right way with hard work, proper diet, and exercise? Or, did they make it to the top by cheating?
This is not about singling out Brian Cushing. Because, Brian Cushing is not alone in his flaunting of the NFL’s ban on using performance enhancing drugs. He just happens to be this week’s example of this poor behavior.
Even more importantly, where is the outrage? Where is the press? Where are the sports writers? When it was baseball players who were behaving this badly in the not too distant past, our press was all over them and the team owners. Congressional members were grandstanding in front of cameras threatening to take action. Where are they today?
Performance enhancing drug use among our nation’s youth has reached epidemic levels. And the problem is getting worse. And role models like Brian Cushing and others are certainly doing their part in helping send signals to our young people that this dangerous, ILLEGAL behavior is the way that they made it to the top of the heap.
It’s time for all of us responsible adults to stand up and say “enough is enough”.
Where is the outrage?
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