Without reading the entire 50-page Cushing thread, I can assume that there are many people in the Houston area that are re-evaluating their stance on steroids, Cushing himself, and the rules of the NFL. Let me be the first to tell you, his violation WAS for anabolic steroids and do NOT be a doofus who believes the age-old excuse from the player that is was "a non-steroidal supplement" that he "unknowingly took." Cushing juiced. Most of us knew he was a juice head before he even played at USC, but anyone with doubts were soon made certain after he came back from injury in college. To think that he would enter then NFL and quit his cycling is just ridiculous. For those of you who like to view the league with rosey colored glasses, you may want to stop reading now. This post contains spoilers. OK, if you're still reading, then let's get one thing straight: 90% of the NFL uses steroids. This is not an exact number, and I cannot prove my statistics, but nobody can prove me wrong either, so let's not get caught up in the numbers. The flat fact is, when you have the ability to earn millions of dollars by playing well against people who are in the 400lb bench press club, you're probably gonna drop $300.00 and get on some steroids. High school kids do it, so why wouldn't NFL players? The reward far outweighs the risk. If Shawne Merriman can win a sack title and a defensive player of the year award while reaping the benefits of anabolics, and the consequence is a 4-game suspension, then you can bet he's gonna juice up because that cycle will be worth 2 or 3 more big contracts for him. Five years from now, when it's time for Cushing to sign his 2nd or 3rd contract, do you think the prospective teams will remember this suspension? Hell no, they'll remember how good he was as a rookie, again while on steroids. Just one season with that added strength and decreased recovery time will make a good player great, and it allows the outside world to view a player's potential in a whole different light. Until there's a true death penalty (lifetime ban) for steroids, players will use them to their heart's content and laugh off the suspensions. Don't be silly and don't be naive- the league is far, far dirtier than NFL Network gives it credit for, and if we only knew the half of it, we'd probably have more to talk about, pharmaceutically than we do athletically. I am not making a case to forgive Brian Cushing, but I am just saying, he didn't cheat because he was playing on an even field with all the other steroid users. The New England Patriots cheated but didn't break the law. Cushing broke the law, but didn't cheat. One day, this whole thing might bust open and we'll all know for sure just how rampant steroid use is in the NFL. Believing that only the vast minority of the NFL use steroids is literally like believing that WWF wrestling isn't fake. Once it hits home, i.e. a hometown player makes national news for violating, you really start thinking about it, and if I have a point to make, it's just that- I don't know where I stand on the issue, I just believe it should be thought about more. Steroids are a huge part of football, and the subject is brushed under the rug with more fervor than OJ and with a bigger broom than LT. It's a league problem, but the league blames individuals.