Cushing says he didn’t know how HCG got in his system


Brian Cushing is speaking out, and using some loud tones about testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug. The LB says he never took any sort of banned substance, and that he’s not sure how the substance got there.

Cushing confirmed he tested positive for HCG, a fertility drug that is on the league’s banned substance list.

“The question of how it got into my body is still unclear,” he said. “It’s something that I’m very personally concerned about, just the fact that how it’s there and what’s going to determine it from happening again, and that’s something we’re going to have to medically investigate.”

Cushing said that he was told HCG can get in your body from injecting it or because of tumors. He said this information led him to believe he had tumors. He did not say what kind of tumors.

“I personally know I’m not injecting myself with anything,” he said. “I played the whole season thinking this could not only be my last season, but my last year.”

Cushing added he is concerned about his health and plans to undergo tests to see “how this got into my body” and to try to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

In a statement Saturday, Cushing said the test indicated “the presence of a non-steroidal banned substance.” He said he took the test in September and was notified of the results in October.


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