As it turns out, there’s a group of players who wouldn’t be all that upset with the imposition of a lockout in March 2011.
Those players are the men who currently are subject to repeated and random drug testing (and fines and suspensions if they fail them), based on prior violations of the substance-abuse policy and/or the steroids policy. As a league source explained it to us last night, the expiration of the labor deal and the onset of a lockout undoubtedly will bar the NFL from requiring players to submit to testing of any kind, given that all agreements between the two sides will have expired.
Thus, look for plenty of guys to “celebrate” a lockout by engaging in the consumption of the controlled substances of their choosing and/or to supplement their training and/or rehab with all sorts of supplements that are on the list of banned supplements, without having to worry about urinating in or on anything other than a toilet, a urinal, an outhouse, a wall, or someone’s grave.
It’s all the more reason for both sides to roll up their sleeves and continue to try to get a deal done, even as we prepare to collectively ignore the situation and enjoy the football season.