Cushing: Same Drug Canseco Caught Smuggling

NEW YORK TIMES reporter Judy Battista has the scoop on why Brian Cushing had HCG in his system when he was busted for the substance by an NFL drug test last September:

Brian Cushing Caught Using Steroids Masking Agent

Battista’s Tweet was in response to ESPN’s Adam Schefter reporting on Twitter.com that Cushing had previously tested positive for HCG.

In regards to the positive NFL drug test that led to his recent four-game suspension, Cushing told FOXSports.com last week, “I did not take a steroid.

If that’s the case, why was he found to have the same post cycle steroid agent that Manny Ramirez was caught with (and subsequently suspended) by MLB last season?

Another athlete notorious for steroid use has also been known to be in possession of HCG.

On Oct. 8, 2008, I reported:

David Vassegh of KLAC-AM in Los Angeles reports today that Jose Canseco was recently detained at the U.S.-Mexico border near San Diego by Federal authorities for alleged possession of a drug that requires a prescription in the U.S.

Canseco will appear in Federal Court to address the charge on Tuesday.

If true, the allegation is more than a little embarrassing for Canseco, considering the function of the drug he was caught with.

Canseco was allegedly found to have the drug HCG, which is short for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin.

That news was subsequently confirmed by the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS.

With that in mind, is it advisable for the ASSOCIATED PRESS to continue its consideration of Cushing for the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year award?