Berkman reacts to Cushing

Astros first baseman Lance Berkman chimed in on the suspension of Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing following the Astros’ game against San Diego on Friday. Cushing was suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

Berkman believes baseball players who test positive for performance-enhancing drugs are maligned more than football players.

“The man’s a beast, I know that,” Berkman said. “I don’t know. I didn’t see what he tested positive for. It said he violated the steroids policy. I will say what will be interesting will be to see the reaction because generally when that happens to a football player it is kind of ho-hum.

“You write a story about it and he serves his four games and nobody will ever say anything else about it. If that happens to a baseball player, they want to strike him from the record book. It’s a totally different reaction, and I’m not sure why that is, but I will be following this just to see. I personally love the guy and love the way he plays. It’s a little disappointing, but I’m not going to pass judgment on him. We’ll see how the story goes.”

According to Major League Baseball drug policy, a player receives a 50-game suspension for a first positive performance-enhancing drug test, a 100-game suspension for a second positive test and a lifetime ban for a third positive test.

2 Comments

The difference is that baseball is sacred. To trample on baseball is to trample on American heritage itself. Baseball and it’s fans have always been obsessed with the historical and statistical sides of the game. And make no mistake about it, if Peyton Manning or Brett Favre tested positive, it would be a big deal, because they’re icons, and they’re record-breakers and record-holders. Brian Cushing is just another young lineman who most people won’t even remember a few years after he retires.

Very good point. I also think part of it is the way football has kind of taken over as the biggest sport, and people are much more leniant with it and things of this nature because that’s they’re sport. Baseball fans I know are nowhere near as crazy as football fans I know. I watch a little of both, but baseball and the Astros are my #1.

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