The League

THE QUESTION

Should AP strip Cushing?

Should the Associated Press take a revote for the 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year award in the wake of Brian Cushing's banned substance suspension?

Posted by Matt Brooks on May 12, 2010 12:00 AM
FROM THE PANEL

AP mulligan fails

By its actions today, the AP has moved from simple carelessness to gross negligence.

Posted by Emil Steiner, on May 12, 2010 3:11 PM

Dear AP: Don't look back

Associated Press should stick with the votes they made at the end of the season, just as they do when voting for awards across professional sports.

Posted by Brandon Benson, on May 12, 2010 12:00 AM

Policy holes lead to undeserving winners

Holes in NFL banned substance testing policy allowed Brian Cushing and others to continue playing long after a positive test.

Posted by Doug Farrar, on May 12, 2010 12:00 AM

Suspension is sufficient

Brian Cushing's league-issued four-game suspension is punishment enough for his used of a banned substance. The Associated Press should not feel compelled to pile on by stripping him of his well-deserved Defensive Rookie of the Year award.

Posted by Tim McHale, on May 12, 2010 12:00 AM

The pressure to perform

Brian Cushing is far from the first defensive rookie whose desire to be a star his first year led him to take performance enhancing drugs. Now he's suffering the consequences.

Posted by Anthony Stalter, on May 12, 2010 12:00 AM

It's in the position

The AP is right to revote on the 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year award, but a trend of banned substance use among elite pass rushers might be a sign that certain position players are more likely to experiment with steroids.

Posted by Joe Baker, on May 12, 2010 12:00 AM

Should AP strip Cushing?

Should the Associated Press strip Houston Texans' linebacker Brian Cushing off his 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year award for testing positive for a banned substance?

Posted by Reader Poll, on May 12, 2010 12:00 AM

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