We noted yesterday that while the NFL was touting a “breakthrough” test for human growth hormone, the players’ union hadn’t commented on it.
Now the union has commented — sort of — and has indicated that it remains unconvinced.
NFL Players Association President Kevin Mawae told the Associated Press that the union is aware of new tests, including a blood test that could detect HGH for up to 14 days. But Mawae reiterated that the union isn’t convinced that there’s a reliable test currently available.
The brief Associated Press article doesn’t offer any direct quotes from Mawae, and it’s not clear whether the union is open to at least learning more about the new test that will be available soon. But the article does suggest that blood-based HGH testing (which the owners want and the players don’t want) is going to be a contentious issue in the league’s ongoing negotiations with the players.