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By Eric Edholm

Go to the Texans’ web site and you can watch a copy of the farce that was Brian Cushing’s press conference.

Spoiler alert: It was a farce.

Now, don’t misconstrue my comments here. I wrote the other day I thought the whole AP re-vote thing was equally as farcical. But in no way was I supporting Cushing, who in light of today’s media session, looks even more shady than before.

One, on just a visual level, Cushing had that leathery-skinned, slighter-bodied look, like a guy who was cycling off of some kind of PED. I am not saying he used something illegal; that’s just what some people look like when they come off steroids.

Cushing denied doing anything wrong and read a poorly worded statement (and it was poorly read, too) about his innocence.

I thought he came off as childish and immature. It made me wonder who is guiding this guy. Certainly not the Texans, though I suspect that if the excellent PR man Tony Wyllie was still running the show there, this whole thing would have been handled differently.

Cushing was defensive and defiant. He is trying to step up to the league on this matter, right or wrong, and he’s going to get crushed in the process. First by the NFL, then by the court of public opinion. Or maybe the other way around.

Point is, he needs to let this go. The test is in, and he is not going to be the Curt Flood of anti-doping cases, I promise you that.

I wasn’t sure before, but I trust this kid being totally on the level even less now than before. Too bad.

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