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Emil Steiner

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AP mulligan fails

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Brian Cushing deserved to win the Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award when the vote was taken in January. He did not deserve to win the re-vote.

Cushing, cheated. The Houston Texans' linebacker admitted to taking HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) a banned substance used to stimulate testosterone production when cycling off of anabolic steroids. As far as we know, Jairus Byrd, Clay Matthews III and Brian Orakpo, the other rookies in contention, did not fail their drug tests. One of them should have won the AP's do-over.

In a ill-conceived attempt to be fair, the AP has done more damage than good. What is the take-away for a young football player, dreaming of the NFL? Performance enhancing drugs work. Cheaters sometimes prosper.

If a player cheats and wins an award he or she should be stripped of it. The idea of a re-vote in which the violator can win again, is dumbfounding. The AP voters should have done their due diligence the first time. It was their sloppiness and the NFL's testing policies which led to the blunder.

By its actions today, the AP has moved from simple carelessness to gross negligence. What on earth could have infested voters' minds to think this was fair is beyond understanding. Hopefully the backlash will give the AP pause to reflect on this. After all, those who don't study history are doomed to repeat it.

By Emil Steiner  |  May 12, 2010; 3:11 PM ET  | Category:  Emil Steiner , Houston Texans , Steroids Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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