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Goodell still wants HGH testing this year

Posted on: November 10, 2011 12:55 pm
GoodellPosted by Josh Katzowitz

About a month ago, the NFL announced that the league and the NFLPA had agreed to HGH testing and that testing could begin that next week.

The union, though, protested, telling players NOT to submit to any kind of HGH testing, and for now, the issue has stagnated (and I’m predicting that it’s not going to happen this year).

But commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday that he still wants testing to begin in 2011.

"HGH is certainly something we need to be testing for," Goodell said, via Rapid Reporter Dan McLellan. “We're completely focused on that. We think it's the right thing to do. We agreed to it. We think it's the right thing to do for player safety. We think it's important for the credibility of the game.

"It's something we agreed to [in the labor agreement]. We had talked about it for well over a year. It wasn't something that came up at the last minute. It's important for us as the NFL to continue to be the leader for sports, and that includes performance-enhancing drug testing.”

The problem with that, as the union sees it, is that nobody has told the NFLPA exactly how the testing procedure will work and it wants to see more scientific data that the testing is reliable. So, the NFLPA hasn’t signed off on it, and for now, it’s unclear when it will.

"I respect the fact we want to have a valid test," Goodell said "We didn't initially wrap our arms around this test when it was created in 2004, but there's seven years of history, a lot of science, a lot of medicine is behind it. And we're comfortable that this is a valid test."

In other Goodell news, he also plans on meeting with San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders to get an update on the plans for a new Chargers stadium.

“(The Spanos family) have been trying for 10 years,” Goodell said. “I think everyone recognizes a new stadium is needed in keeping the Chargers competitive. They have worked tirelessly to find a solution with the community and with the team.”

Otherwise, it’s Los Angeles or bust, right Mr. Commissioner?

“Not necessarily,” he said. “Until there's an appropriate solution in Los Angeles, there won't be a team there."

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Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 2:07 pm

Goodell still wants HGH testing this year

Roger should really be testing for Badger Milk...that's the bad stuff!

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2011 1:23 am

Goodell still wants HGH testing this year

I hope people aren't really that stupid in thinking that these guy's aren't on HGH or anything else. I'm sorry, but people aren't built like that. And people laught that wrestler's are on steroids. Get real folks, take the blinders off. If you wanna go even further, most wrestler's that were wrestling back in the 80 & 90's came from football backgrounds, and wouldn't ya guess it, most of them were on the 'Roids. Only takes 20 years for people to catch up and clue in to the fact that these guy's are just a bunch of cheats like every other sport. Only problem is that they are still trying to hide from it. 

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 5:32 pm

Goodell still wants HGH testing this year

Unless you have something to hide why wouldnt you submit to the test. Having clean healthy athletes will only help maintain the league and protect the health of the players, not to mention help limit injuries. It should be an automatic that once you apply for the draft you are available for all test without conflict.

Since: Nov 10, 2011
Posted on: November 10, 2011 2:00 pm
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