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Congress pressures NFL to test for HGH

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At a time when a former member of the U.S. Congress thinks the nation’s legislative body should squeeze the NFL and the NFLPA* into solving the lockout, two current members of Congress have penned a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA* executive director DeMaurice Smith requesting that pro football establish a “thorough testing program for HGH.”

Barry Wilner of the Associated Press reports that the letter was sent, and that Goodell issued a response on June 13.  Goodell explained in the correspondence that HGH testing “is a critical element of an effective and credible drug testing program” and that the league wants “immediate implementation of HGH testing” in the next labor deal.

Goodell’s comments hardly represent a concession to Congress.  In this regard, the NFL wants what the two members of Congress want.  The question is whether the NFLPA* will agree to HGH testing, which currently can be accomplished only via blood sample.

And if the NFLPA* doesn’t, the next question becomes whether Congress will force the issue.

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32 Responses to “Congress pressures NFL to test for HGH”
  1. alberthaynesworth says: Jun 18, 2011 2:14 AM

    Hey congress don’t you have anything more important to do besides poking your nose into NFL drug testing policy?

  2. hedleykow says: Jun 18, 2011 2:29 AM

    WTF? Congress didn’t appreciate being upstaged by Arlen Specter, so they weighed in on human doping, an area of expertise for them.

  3. Slim Charles says: Jun 18, 2011 2:56 AM

    Stupid. HGH isn’t even harmful. First the liberals put Plaxico away for exercising his constitutional right, now they want to tell people what they can put in their bodies. Keep the government out of my football!

  4. jcdavey2011 says: Jun 18, 2011 3:14 AM

    i’m all for hgh testing, but i doubt the players are

    also when bloodtest info gets leaked about what other diseases some may have

    i don’t think the players are going to go for this

  5. dotnukem says: Jun 18, 2011 3:15 AM

    Albert haynesworth would say that..

    I think its a fair request..

  6. halo81 says: Jun 18, 2011 3:39 AM

    Congress – How about you pressure them all to get their butts back on the football field instead?

    Are you kidding me with HGH testing with everything else that’s going on?

  7. larrydavidstern says: Jun 18, 2011 5:45 AM

    My thoughts exactly!

  8. ICDogg says: Jun 18, 2011 5:45 AM

    So what you’re telling me is my Whizzinator was a bad investment?

  9. texline1 says: Jun 18, 2011 6:11 AM

    I can’t believe that 14 people gave albert’s comment a thumbs down and only 13 thumbs up. A trillion dollar deficit and you idiots think it’s ok for congress to SPEND OUR MONEY ON PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL!!!!! It’s no wonder we are in the shape we are in if you retards are allowed to vote.

  10. seabreezes51 says: Jun 18, 2011 6:21 AM

    Congress:
    Stop wasting time with this crap. There are better things for you to be doing.

  11. lgbarn says: Jun 18, 2011 6:33 AM

    alberthaynesworth says:Jun 18, 2011 2:14 AM

    Hey congress don’t you have anything more important to do besides poking your nose into NFL drug testing policy?

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    The NFL enjoys the benefits of Antitrust Exemption that other businesses don’t have so Congress has every right to stick their nose into their business. Congress has oversight on many things, don’t be so shortsighted.

  12. sjoyner59 says: Jun 18, 2011 6:40 AM

    Congress has done a bad enough job running this country so PLEASE STAY OUT OF THE NFL !!!!!!

  13. descendency says: Jun 18, 2011 7:17 AM

    What no one talks about when the talking about testing for HGH is that the only semi-reliable test is a blood test.

    Two issues:

    1) It’s only semi-reliable.
    2) When you start allowing blood to be tested, you open the door to test for a LOT more things.

    I just thought that should be said here.

  14. tumsman2 says: Jun 18, 2011 8:05 AM

    The reason the players don’t want to be tested is because they have something to hide.

  15. tatum064 says: Jun 18, 2011 8:46 AM

    Slim Charles says: Jun 18, 2011 2:56 AM

    Stupid. HGH isn’t even harmful. First the liberals put Plaxico away for exercising his constitutional right, now they want to tell people what they can put in their bodies. Keep the government out of my football!
    ==================================
    Get the “liberal” stuff out….it doesnt matter, they are two sides of the same coin. – just get Congress to vote down another war in Libya. Keep the government out of wars we cant afford!

  16. tatum064 says: Jun 18, 2011 8:48 AM

    The NFL enjoys the benefits of Antitrust Exemption that other businesses don’t have so Congress has every right to stick their nose into their business. Congress has oversight on many things, don’t be so shortsighted.
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    They have over sight over everything except Blackwater, the banksters, Presidential Executive powers, 1973 War Powers act (which essentially curtails the executive branch war powers) and Campaign finance reform .

    Theyve lost traction a long time ago

  17. berniemadoffsides says: Jun 18, 2011 8:51 AM

    God I hate politicians. Stay the hell out of football….

  18. cardmagnet says: Jun 18, 2011 9:00 AM

    Goodell should pen a letter to them asking them to work on bettering the flipping country as a whole.

  19. hillshirefarmsgomeat says: Jun 18, 2011 9:20 AM

    Slim Charles says:
    Jun 18, 2011 2:56 AM
    Stupid. HGH isn’t even harmful. First the liberals put Plaxico away for exercising his constitutional right, now they want to tell people what they can put in their bodies. Keep the government out of my football!
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    So the constitution give him the right to fire a handgun in a crowded nightclub? Who was he defending, and from what?

  20. matthewmoe says: Jun 18, 2011 9:37 AM

    The NFL sure is cracking down on the Steelers this offseason.

  21. paperlions says: Jun 18, 2011 9:37 AM

    The current HGH test isn’t even semi-reliable. Not a single player in any league in the world has ever been caught in the 10s of 1000s of tests. The rugby player that was “caught” was ratted out, he didn’t “test” positive.

    HGH provides no performance benefits for a healthy person of NFL-playing age anyway, so if a player did use it, he’s a moron.

    But the current test requires that the person use HGH less than 24 hrs before the blood is drawn, and even then it isn’t reliable. The test is a giant waste of money. The owners and players are fighting over money right now, and the owners want to throw away millions of dollars a year on a testing program that everyone already knows (or should know) isn’t effective or necessary? That is just stupid.

  22. kevishu says: Jun 18, 2011 9:50 AM

    Whether Congress pokes their nose into the NFL business or not, the idea of any and all type of drug testing should be part of the new CBA. It’s no secret that any player denying this are hiding something. Look at it as trying to make the greatest American sport even better,… by guaranteeing cleanliness of the athletes and integrity of the game. I’ve never denied agreeing to drug testing for any company I’ve worked for. The only reason I would have is if I had something to hide.

  23. scott8nj says: Jun 18, 2011 10:03 AM

    How about creating some jobs. Then maybe change the health care system so that an illness can’t force a middle class person into bankruptcy. Violent crime, climate change, the deficit and terrorism. How does HGH in the NFL trump all these issues for even one second?

  24. kom2k10 says: Jun 18, 2011 10:05 AM

    I don’t understand why everyone wouldn’t support HGH testing?? Id rather my team be on a fair playing field just like everyone else.

    Cheating ruins the competitive balance in the league… Its well known that the Steelers in the 70’s were all on steroids when they won 4 Championships and the rest of the league hadn’t really discovered steroids yet. The Patriots used spygate in the early 2000’s and won 3 championships…

    Cheating ruins the game and the cover ups are even worse. I understand that the test may not be perfect, but at the very least it would serve as a deterant for several players who would fear even the possibility of being caught and face hefty fines and suspensions.

  25. aequitas83 says: Jun 18, 2011 10:26 AM

    @lgbarn – The NFL does not enjoy an antitrust exemption. Only baseball.

  26. frankvzappa says: Jun 18, 2011 10:33 AM

    that means you, Clay Matthews

  27. goodguyjohn says: Jun 18, 2011 11:00 AM

    Nooooooooooooooo! It will only leave Tom Brady, Alexis Smith and the kickers!

  28. dempsey63 says: Jun 18, 2011 12:20 PM

    “Any player found guilty of using HGH should be forced to wear a yellow jersey.”

    – Lance Armstrong

  29. southmo says: Jun 18, 2011 2:10 PM

    Congress. If there’s ever been a group of people who need to be locked out. It would be them.

  30. littlefoot32 says: Jun 18, 2011 4:21 PM

    HGH testing can only be done by blood testing. Seems that Congress and the NFL want to put their faith in anything other than “Weiner’s”. Pun intended.

  31. muhangis says: Jun 19, 2011 2:38 AM

    To kevishu’s comment above:

    “I’ve never denied agreeing to drug testing for any company I’ve worked for. The only reason I would have is if I had something to hide.”
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    Yeah if you are very short-sighted, I guess you can conclude that they have something to hide.
    Second, this is not about YOU, so cut out the “I” do this, and “I” don’t do this (therefore it’s right)… crap.

    It’s simply not worth the millions and millions $$ the owners and league will have to spend on it every year, to catch one guy every twelve or so years. Don’t believe me? Look at the leagues that do test for HGH, they catch no one – yet spend millions. Why? There may be many reasons. But the first that pops up to mind, is the current testing is highly insufficent. It requires the athlete have used HGH less than 24 hrs prior. No HGH users do it every day.

    Next, nobody is not agreeing to do testing for the NFL. You’re statement is irrelevant. They submit to plenty of testing – for THC, cocaine, heroin, PCP, ampetamines, steroids, etc. What’s sufficient for you? For them to test for every drug in the book??? Are you being tested for HGH, or acid, shrooms, embalming fluid??? It’s obvious your head lacks logic my friend, and maybe you could use illegal drugs to kick some in.

    Lastly, I’m sure just like Manny Pacquiao has something to hide against Mayweather? That has to be it! Pacquiao has got something to hide ?…. idiot!

    go somewhere else kev my friend, where lame ignorant posts are more accepted.

  32. Lou Pickney says: Jun 20, 2011 4:31 PM

    I’m curious as to who the two members of Congress are who sent the letter to Goodell and Smith.

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