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.