Brian Cushing’s personal trainer says he took banned substance
Houston Texans’ linebacker Brian Cushing likely knew he was taking a banned substance.
Joe DeFranco, the personal trainer of Houston Texans’ linebacker Brian Cushing, posted a podcast on Thursday and admitted that his client did in fact take a substance that is banned by the NFL, according to Patrick Starr of State of the Texans.
Starr says that DeFranco claims that Cushing wasn’t feeling like himself back in July, so he went to see a doctor since he was concerned that he may have mono.
After getting some blood work done, the doctor told Cushing that he’s lacking DHEA, which is a hormone that is produced by the body’s adrenal glands.
In order to try to help Cushing feel better, the doctor prescribed low doses of DHEA to him, which he ended up taking.
Now DHEA is perfectly legal and can be bought over the counter, but it’s a banned substance with the NFL. This is of course why Cushing was handed a 10 game suspension.
I imagine that Cushing knew the substance was banned and took it anyway. I’m not sure why he didn’t try to get a note from his doctor in order to find out if the NFL would allow him to take the doses of DHEA.
Now if Cushing didn’t know it was banned he should have asked the NFL.
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It sounds like DeFranco might be regretting his latest podcast because he has since taken it down, according to Starr.
Nonetheless, Cushing made a bad decision and should have looked for other options to help himself instead of putting himself in this position.