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NFL, NFLPA have agreed to random HGH testing

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The New York Times has published an aggressive critique of the NFL’s new HGH testing program.  The article presumes that players will be tested only once per year.

The NFL, via spokesman Greg Aiello, has objected publicly to the contention that HGH testing will occur only once per year.

As it turns out, the league is right and the Times is wrong.

Here’s the operative language from the CBA regarding the issue of HGH testing:  “The parties confirm that the Program on Anabolic Steroids and Related Substances will include both annual blood testing and random blood testing for human growth hormone, with discipline for positive tests at the same level as for steroids.”  (Emphasis added.)

It doesn’t get much clearer than that.  The Times apparently failed to even try to confirm that there would be more than annual testing before ripping the league’s program based on the mistaken assumption that there would only be annual testing.

It’s a good thing the Times isn’t actually charging people for online content.  Oh.  Never mind.

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33 Responses to “NFL, NFLPA have agreed to random HGH testing”
  1. aaronp2098 says: Aug 6, 2011 11:20 AM

    Uh oh somebody better tell Jake Scott to stop practicing witch craft…

  2. iamgoodkid says: Aug 6, 2011 11:22 AM

    yeah HGH that means “house gone high”

  3. bostonhasrealhockey says: Aug 6, 2011 11:25 AM

    CLAY MATTHEWS

  4. rogerbrad says: Aug 6, 2011 11:33 AM

    Hey, it’s a NY newspaper…whatdaya expect???

  5. depotnator says: Aug 6, 2011 11:33 AM

    I guess the the New York Times is not on your ‘our good friends’ list.

  6. lionpride10 says: Aug 6, 2011 11:34 AM

    So is the New York times hiring writers from the national enquirer?

  7. saberstud75 says: Aug 6, 2011 11:44 AM

    And that is why Derick Mason is not worth the $4.5 million that he was due to make this year.

  8. pympdaddi says: Aug 6, 2011 11:45 AM

    If players don’t take banned substances, then this should NOT be an issue for them. Anyone that contests it MUST have a reason, and it a’int about “privacy”!

  9. brownsfn says: Aug 6, 2011 11:54 AM

    AWESOME…I love it when the players don’t get their way…plus it is good for the sport…

  10. mikebyrne1502 says: Aug 6, 2011 11:58 AM

    This must be the reason all the Steelers didn’t want to sign the new CBA.(76-6)

  11. johnnyb216 says: Aug 6, 2011 11:59 AM

    Dear god I’m so very nervous for clay Matthews. PLEASE CLAY!!!! DON’T BE A FRAUD!!!!!

  12. mikebyrne1502 says: Aug 6, 2011 11:59 AM

    Also the reason Ryan Clark almost beat up that journalist… ROID RAGE!!!!!!!

  13. arizonaben11 says: Aug 6, 2011 11:59 AM

    As a recreational bodybuilder, I know the dramatic physical effects that HGH can have on users.

    Let’s just say that if the NFL is going to seriously crack down on its usage, there are going to be a lot of smaller, slower players very soon.

  14. mikebyrne1502 says: Aug 6, 2011 12:10 PM

    @arizonaben11
    I don’t think so… In less than a years time I bet that someone comes up with the “New” stuff that the NFL and other sports aren’t going to be ready for… Look how long it took them to catch onto HGH.

  15. arizonaben11 says: Aug 6, 2011 12:49 PM

    @mikebyrne1502

    As of right now and for the near future, there isn’t much else out there besides AAS, oral methyl designers and HGH. But you’re probably right…with enough demand and money, someone will come up with something.

  16. thefiesty1 says: Aug 6, 2011 12:59 PM

    So now we’re going to get a puny bunch of runts playing after they test all of them.

  17. radrntn says: Aug 6, 2011 1:02 PM

    classic….random…..really, so i can see it now….the patriots get tested every decade or so, and the raiders are radomly tested twice a day…what a crock

  18. bereado says: Aug 6, 2011 1:12 PM

    If players don’t take banned substances, then this should NOT be an issue for them. Anyone that contests it MUST have a reason, and it a’int about “privacy”!

    ________________________________

    Have you ever been ordered by your employer to take a drug test? If you have not, let me run the scenario by you:

    You usually go to a third party testing place, although sometimes a third party company will come to you.

    You arrive at the facility, empty the contents of your pockets/purse into a metal tray, are given a cup and shown to the bathroom. Keep in mind that the third party has no idea why you are taking a drug test. Most of the time they assume you are criminal, and treat you as such.

    Depending on the level of security, you are either allowed to pee in a cup with the door shut, or you have to pee with the door open while a stranger watches you. Either way, you are ordered NOT to flush the toilet when you are done. Then you go back to your belongings and leave a cup of pee on a table with your name marked on it while you grab your belongings from another stranger.

    The athletes more then likely have to do this at their own facility in front of a total stranger on a moments notice. It is demeaning in the worst kind of way, so yeah, I could understand why some folks would have a privacy issue- even if it does not bother you.

  19. thefhaloanguy says: Aug 6, 2011 1:12 PM

    WOW the NYT got a story wrong because they didn’t check it out. What a surprise!!!!!

  20. mjkelly77 says: Aug 6, 2011 1:26 PM

    Wow, big deal. Piss in a cup for the opportunity to earn $5 million a year? Count me in.

  21. johnnysteel says: Aug 6, 2011 1:28 PM

    @mikebyrne1502
    @arizonaben11

    So I guess you guys never heard of IGF-1 huh?? I can go down the “list” but I won’t. I won’t go there…fans may not be able to handle it and the players wounldn’t like it. Since you never heard about it on ESPN or CNN it doesn’t existed and players arent using it….right?
    Like I said in other posts, this HGH testing is just a PR move fooling the 95% naive. Who cares about the 5% who aren’t! LOL!

  22. tonymontana45 says: Aug 6, 2011 1:41 PM

    Ok can we finally test James Harrison?

  23. hobartbaker says: Aug 6, 2011 1:47 PM

    Luckily for two NFL families surprised by the flying drug test crews on December 25, the Moms were able to assure the children that they could have Christmas all over again with Daddy the following day.

  24. hobartbaker says: Aug 6, 2011 1:51 PM

    The tests are random. The needle is jabbed in random parts of your body to draw blood. Players hate it when it turns out to be the eye.

  25. vikingsinla says: Aug 6, 2011 2:22 PM

    Well, there goes the Packers chances to repeat…

  26. chowface86 says: Aug 6, 2011 2:22 PM

    Looks like Mark Sanchize, Smacknabb, and the Dog Slayer are all screwed.

  27. hobartbaker says: Aug 6, 2011 2:50 PM

    Most of these guys have about 80% of their skin surface covered with tattoos, but they find having a blood sample drawn with a needle to be “invasive”. O.K.

  28. childressrulz says: Aug 6, 2011 2:55 PM

    Sorry to all those who think Clay Mathews will have problems. Watch him continue to dominate for years to come lowly queen fans. I also want to say how sorry I am to the teams who took Orakpo, Cushing, and other LBs over Mathews.

  29. depotnator says: Aug 6, 2011 3:06 PM

    “AWESOME…I love it when the players don’t get their way…”

    Hey Brownsfn: the lockout is over, the new CBA is signed, so you can stop shilling for the owners and go back to your paper route.

  30. stairwayto7 says: Aug 6, 2011 5:08 PM

    Why do I suspect James Harrison will be one of the first to test…..

  31. zn0rseman says: Aug 6, 2011 7:47 PM

    Random Testing =

    No players from teams like the Steelers, Patriots, Giants, Bears and Jets will ever be tested. While every player from teams like the Vikings, Texans, Bengals, Lions and Browns will get tested daily.

  32. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Aug 9, 2011 5:26 AM

    radrntn says:
    Aug 6, 2011 1:02 PM
    classic….random…..really, so i can see it now….the patriots get tested every decade or so, and the raiders are radomly tested twice a day…what a crock
    ———————-

    The Crypt Keeper will file a lawsuit so don’t worry…

  33. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Aug 9, 2011 5:27 AM

    @ hobartbaker

    What type of illegal substances are you taking?

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