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Roger Goodell took an HGH test recently

Posted on: April 25, 2011 9:41 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Roger Goodell and the NFL have made it clear that one thing which will be needed in a new labor agreement is HGH testing.

This is a tough sell, because a) players don't like drug testing in the first place and b) HGH testing, in order to really be accurate, typically needs a blood sample, and players aren't exactly eager to hand that over to the league.

Give credit, then, to Goodell, who apparently put his money where his mouth is and got tested himself last week.

"I just had my HGH tested in the last couple of weeks," Goodell told Jarrett Bell of USA Today. "I wanted to see what was involved in the testing. They came in here at 9:30 in the morning, completely unannounced, and I went through the procedure. The same one our players would go through."

Now, the players will likely argue that it's not a huge deal for Goodell to take the test because he's not subject to any sort of fines or suspensions, and because he's not handing over heretofore unknown medical knowledge to his employer.

Goodell refused to disclose whether or not his test came back clean because of "confidentiality," but added that he was "proud of my results."

So either he passed or he REALLY likes HGH, I guess. Probably the former.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:31 am
 

Roger Goodell took an HGH test recently



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Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: April 27, 2011 9:58 am
 

Roger Goodell took an HGH test recently

john: Goodell is unabashedly pumping the NFL proposal.

Wow, that's very insightful.  You think?



Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: April 26, 2011 1:17 pm
 

Roger Goodell took an HGH test recently

I have a bridge to sell you in Moldava, given your commendation to Roger Goodell. Goodell is wearing the "Emperor's clothes". Frankly, Goodell's motivation is naked for the world to see and is plain as the nose on your face. Goodell is unabashedly pumping the NFL proposal. Do you genuinely believe that the Commissioner of the NFL, who is not an athlete or competitor in games, somehow, suddenly and miraculously, was reached for HGH testing? "Well done?" Hardly. Shameless publicizing? Absolutely. Boolsheeeeeit? Without question.



Since: Apr 8, 2011
Posted on: April 26, 2011 12:58 pm
 

Roger Goodell took an HGH test recently

I don't blame Roger for to sharing the resulets but, i do think it underminds his point. i also think it is a good idea. i would like to hope that at least one of Americas biggest sports is not full of steroids and ilegal drugs. As far as the players go I can't even see how this is an issue. If your job requiers random drug testing than so be it. What a bunch of cry babies! Are we sure these guys are football players?! If you don't like giving your blood to your employer go work somewhere else this is america. Any top paying job in this country deserves a clean person. And some have made that choice Ricky Williams didn't mind when he took off!... I'm sure he regrets it but at least he manned up and  made a grown up choice. Men play football, This I fear has been lost since the 80's maybe early 90's. 




Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: April 26, 2011 6:50 am
 

Roger Goodell took an HGH test recently

My first thought when I saw the headline was that this was some media ploy worth criticicing.  Assuming the randomness was all true, that actually brings some credibility to the effort.  Having his day interrupted for a random test and going through the exact method that the player would be subjected to actually deserves some respect. 

How many leaders involved in negotiations don't step into the shoes of the people they are affecting?  Well done.




Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: April 26, 2011 6:29 am
 

Roger Goodell took an HGH test recently

If my employer requires it, I would not be excited about it but I would certainly not fight it.  Fighting it would imply that I have something to hide and trust goes right out the window.

Isn't donated blood tested for multiple diseases and drug use?  Why not turn this into a positive and have the players donate blood that can be used for their league testing and for medical purposes.  I'm not suggesting making it mandatory that they donate blood.  I'm saying they could have random blood tests as they are proposing and they can make it the player's option to donate to a blood bank in the process.   Now you are taking care of the league's integrity and promoting a community service that is in need of help.  Talk about turning this into a positive!

The bottom line, folks, is that the profession dictates the rules.  Despite what some idiot players think, the NFL is not a cotton patch in the Deep South in the 1800s (poor babies).  They are free to find another job that fits their lifestyle.



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: April 25, 2011 10:32 pm
 

Roger Goodell took an HGH test recently

If your employer wanted blood samples on file from you, and you were negotiating with them, would you easily/quietly let them slip that clause in there without fighting it?

Sure, they just want to test something like HGH now. But would you feel confident that they would never, ever, ever use that for anything else?

What happens if someone gets enough DNA out of a sample and discovers a genetic abnormality in some player that affects the status of their next contract? It's far-fetched, but as soon as the players put a vial of their blood in the hands of the league, the only thing keeping it safe is the trustworthiness of strangers.


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