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NFL thinks HGH testing in new deal is 'necessary'

Posted on: March 24, 2011 6:38 pm
Edited on: March 24, 2011 10:38 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

With the fitting backdrop of the Barry Bonds trial underway in San Francisco, the NFL is going to insist that HGH testing of players become an incorporated part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

That bombshell comes from NFL vice president and general counsel Adolpho Birch, who also oversees the NFL's drug testing program. "We want it," Birch told FOXSports.com's Alex Marvez on Thursday. "We think it's necessary. We're going to ensure that it's done.

"That's something very important to us and the integrity of our game. We believe some of the basis for going slowly on it before has been addressed. At this point, it's proper for it to be an active part of our program."

The NFL wanting HGH testing isn't exactly new -- in January of last year, the league requested that testing for the performance-enhancing drug be implemented. But DeMaurice Smith and the NFLPA declined.
NFL Labor

"The NFLPA along with the NFL has supported research to find a suitable test that will detect sustained HGH use," the then-union said in a February 2010 statement. "We have and will continue to work with the NFL to build a system that is fair, reliable and maintains the integrity of our game and the health and safety of our players."

They NFLPA has a valid point in terms of HGH, because there's not necessarily a guaranteed way in which to test for HGH using simply urine samples.

And one of the things that doesn't get mentioned much in all the NFL labor negotiations is that NFL players really don't like the idea of the league getting a hold of blood and urine and whatnot, unless it's a mandated drug test.

If the NFL gets its way, and HGH testing becomes standard, there's a pretty good chance that their concerns over the league holding onto those samples will become real.

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Comments

Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: March 25, 2011 9:47 am
 

NFL thinks HGH testing in new deal is 'necessary'

AIRFORCE1,

You do realize by what you wrote no one is going to believe you, are you are advancing the stereotype of Football players being stupid correct?



Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: March 25, 2011 9:45 am
 

NFL thinks HGH testing in new deal is 'necessary'

this sounds more like some kind of ploy for leverage.  what deal? listen folks, if the nfl has as big a hard on as they claim about this issue for the "integrity of the game" then why is this the first time i'm hearing that it MUST be part of some new deal that the two sides aren't even negotiating.  gimme a break.  you guys see through this right?  Goodell's a tool!


Because you neither work for the NFL, or play for the NFL. You weren't at the table during bargaining. While negotiation limited info was made public, and you weren't paying attention last year when then NFL tried to install this into the program.

Any other questions junior?



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: March 25, 2011 9:44 am
 

NFL thinks HGH testing in new deal is 'necessary'

I did see some of the comments people made about injuries and i couldn't disagree more. Injuries are part of the game and have nothing to do with this issue. I truly believe steroid use was more rapid in the 70's-90's when brian bosworth and lyle Alzado were juiced out of there minds. Dont make one issue about another...




Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: March 25, 2011 9:32 am
 

NFL thinks HGH testing in new deal is 'necessary'

This is just rediculous. If they really start cracking down hard on steroids half the players are gonna be suspended. I played Div. 1 football and i can confirm that 75% of players were juicing through out there careers. I personally knew quite a few players that went on to the nfl and continued there use.  Im not saying it is a good thing or i agree with it but it was a big part of the game. These players know there lively hood depends on them being the biggest, strongest, and fastest guy they can be. And they will acheive this anyway possible. I do belive the league has a certain image and integrity to live up to but be carefull what u wish for cause it may come back to haunt u...



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: March 25, 2011 9:23 am
 

NFL thinks HGH testing in new deal is 'necessary'

THis is a no brainer and I am on the side of the players in the whole CBA argument.  But drug testing is something the owners have to win here.  It is either that or just let em do it and watch the train wreck.  Olympic style testing for the items they want banned is a no brainer.



Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: March 25, 2011 8:24 am
 

NFL thinks HGH testing in new deal is 'necessary'

why dont the players just say, "You can test us for HGH if you stop testing us for weed"?

Funny, I can hear it now... "Why don't you stop testing us for one illegal thing some of us partake in, and we'll take a test for one of the other ones some of us partake in instead?"

That'll be sure to be effective, I can see them going for that.






Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: March 25, 2011 7:54 am
 

NFL thinks HGH testing in new deal is 'necessary'

Well shafty419, it's like this....
The CBA did not allow for testing for HGH.  As shown in the article, the union made sound bites supporting a vague concept of HGH testing, but shot down any actual attempts by the league to implement a program.  Players are getting bigger and bigger, and as such injuries are increasing also.  Logic says that there is more causing this than good nutrition.  The lack of HGH testing is just one of many reasons the NFLPA wanted to stay under the old CBA....so much so they forced a lockout to try to keep it.



Since: Jan 4, 2010
Posted on: March 25, 2011 7:54 am
 

NFL thinks HGH testing in new deal is 'necessary'

My employer has the right to subject me to random testing and I'm ok with it... seems like only drug users would be afraid of that rule.

"Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there." ~ John Wooden




Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: March 25, 2011 2:51 am
 

NFL thinks HGH testing in new deal is 'necessary'

The league holding onto the samples will have no bearing on this situation as it did in baseball. The baseball testing was to be done annonomously and without punishment. If the NFL puts this in the new agreement, punishment will follow and their names will be in the news. The baseball info was used against players for perjuring themselves. If an NFL player is caught the government will have no use for this info. So keeping these tests should be of no concern.



Since: May 13, 2009
Posted on: March 25, 2011 1:44 am
 

NFL thinks HGH testing in new deal is 'necessary'

this sounds more like some kind of ploy for leverage.  what deal? listen folks, if the nfl has as big a hard on as they claim about this issue for the "integrity of the game" then why is this the first time i'm hearing that it MUST be part of some new deal that the two sides aren't even negotiating.  gimme a break.  you guys see through this right?  Goodell's a tool!


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