If you're an avid football follower, than you've probably already heard that Houston Texans' linebacker and 2009 NFL defensive rookie of the year Brian Cushing has tested positive for steroids and will be suspended four games at the beginning of next year.
While this is a significant blow to an up-and-coming Texans squad, it seemingly would have little impact in the minds of Green Bay Packers' fans.
When you take a closer look however, Packers fans have to be at least a little worried about the connections with this story and their own Clay Matthews.
Matthews and Cushing were college teammates at the University of Southern California, and by all accounts, are still very close friends. While Matthews probably feels a bit of remorse for his former teammate, the steroid connections don't escape him either.
Matthews and Cushing both were reported to have tested positive for steroids at the 2009 NFL Combine in Indianapolis, and while the reports later turned out to be false, the suspicions of the two linebackers had already been placed in the minds of the general public.
Without the incident at the combine, the rise of Clay Matthews is still a rather incredible story already. Matthews' body has undergone a tremendous makeover, transforming from a 6'1", 165 pound high school junior to the 6'3", 255 pound specimen he is today.
Matthews put on over 80 pounds of weight, which is far from impossible but a daunting achievement as well.
And while I don't want to discount all the hard work Matthews has put in to become what he is today—I myself believe Matthews to be 100% clean—is it so far of a reach to wonder if steroids aided in his rise to stardom?
In this era of sports, athletes throughout the world are burdened with that question—especially ones with connections to performance enhancers.
In addition, both his dad, Clay Matthews Jr., and his uncle, Bruce Matthews, played in the NFL when steroid abuse was prevalent. Surely, even if both were clean players—which I also suspect them to be—they knew the ins-and-outs of steroids and most likely knew a place where they could get them. My guess is that Matthews would have little trouble in acquiring such substances.
And now that Cushing has indeed proven his steroid connections to be true, could Matthews be next? The thought of that most definitely has to be worrisome to Packers fans.
For everyone following the Green and Gold, hold your breath that Clay Matthews avoids the same fate that has fallen upon his former teammate Brian Cushing.