Richard Justice from the Houston Chronicle:
Brian Cushing didn't utter one believable word, and isn't that sad? If he only knew how much people want to believe him. If he'd only give us a chance.
Instead, he came up with an explanation so outrageous and so spectacular as to put all the other gypsies, tramps and thieves in sports to shame.
This could have been his finest hour. To apologize. To ask for forgiveness. To begin reconstructing his career and reputation.
Instead, he was angry and defiant and thoroughly lacking credibility. He admitted to nothing and spun a story that requires suspending logic and ignoring science.
He's either very arrogant or very stupid. If the Texans stand by him now, Cushing will know they'll stand by him through almost anything. If they throw him out the door, who would fault them?
Bob McNair has built a franchise on the twin cornerstones of community service and character. To watch Cushing's news conference Thursday afternoon surely must have been one of McNair's low points in the NFL.
Justice then went on to just destroy Cushing re. his tumor reference:
He didn't use the word cancer, but he implied it when he said: "I played the whole season thinking this could not only be my last season, but my last year."
If he's lying, he'll be guilty of an act so despicable as to defy comprehension. Then again, he was cornered. HCG is a hormone found mostly in women and frequently used by steroid users to increase low testosterone levels.
You can read rest of the column here in which Justice also explained how science is not Cushing's side. Guess Cushing is finding out just a little taste of real world where journalists and columnists in the local media are not pre-conditioned to act like Trojan lapdogs.