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Congress encourages NFL, NFLPA to implement HGH testing now

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The new CBA contains among other things an agreement between the league and the union that HGH testing will be conducted.  The two sides haven’t agreed on much since then.

The NFL and NFLPA have reached an impasse regarding the protocol, with the players recently playing once again the “we need more information” card.  Regardless of whether the players mean it this time (they agreed to a new labor deal despite demands for financial information they never received), the delayed implementation of HGH testing has gotten the attention of the one body that can, if it so chooses, force the issue.

Fred Upton, a Republican member of the House of Representatives from Michigan and a member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, has penned a letter to Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith urging them to “quickly resolve any remaining issues” and launch HGH testing “in time for the season’s kickoff.”

Upton’s August 25 letter specifically questions the “[l]atent concerns” regarding “the reliability and soundness” of the proposed testing, which “are suddenly reappearing at a time when the league and the players need to begin implementing the test.”

And so, with the NFLPA failing in its effort to get Congress to drop a hammer on the NFL during the lockout, Congress could be ready to draw some blood from the union, literally and figuratively.

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58 Responses to “Congress encourages NFL, NFLPA to implement HGH testing now”
  1. cletusvandam says: Aug 29, 2011 3:31 PM

    There is only 1 reason the players are against HGH testing. We all know what it is.

  2. mavajo says: Aug 29, 2011 3:33 PM

    Seems to me that Congress should have better things to do.

  3. idriveamoped says: Aug 29, 2011 3:34 PM

    Ut Oh. Congress is getting involved. Well at least the respective committee sent the letter. Would be kind of funny though to see a letter sent from the Agriculture committee.

  4. cakemixa says: Aug 29, 2011 3:34 PM

    Congress thinks they should start testing immediately? OK, definitely DON’T test EVER, in that case!

  5. jersey73 says: Aug 29, 2011 3:35 PM

    I’m encouraging Congress to worry about the economy and stay out of NFL matters.

  6. rc33 says: Aug 29, 2011 3:38 PM

    Congress is an embarrassment and a flat-out disgrace.

    I can honestly say I have more respect for Ryan Leaf than those compromised schmucks.

    Please resign, all of you.

  7. nbaraie says: Aug 29, 2011 3:38 PM

    How about reduce the deficit first. Then worry about this crap.

  8. Tim says: Aug 29, 2011 3:41 PM

    I thought Congress was on vacation?! They can barely pass a budget why the hell are they getting involved in professional sports..

  9. scudbot says: Aug 29, 2011 3:41 PM

    I encourage Congress to get their hands out of the lobbyists’ cookie jars.

  10. childressrulz says: Aug 29, 2011 3:43 PM

    Who cares? They should just legalize steroids for professional athletes. It would make the whole situation a lot easier. No more testing. If you want to take them make sure you know what you are doing to yourself first and then take them. They are a human invention and should be used to increase human performance. Why do we continue to put ourselves at a disadvantage when we compete with Russians, Chinese, and others who are clearly using HGH and worse in things like the olympics. I think most people would say that HGH use and side effects are worth an NFL minimum contract for a few years. It increases it’s attractiveness when millions of dollars are on the line.

  11. kibawib says: Aug 29, 2011 3:43 PM

    If the NFL starts testing for HGH, a Clay Matthews suspension won’t be far behind.

  12. dubby311 says: Aug 29, 2011 3:44 PM

    Let’s take away the things that allow these men to play week to week, and then add more games to the season. Good idea! Hope we like watching second and third stringers after everyone gets hurt throughout the season.

  13. pabillsfan says: Aug 29, 2011 3:44 PM

    I think its a great thing to do!! Just don’t test my boi Merriman!! LIGHTS OUT!

  14. steviemo says: Aug 29, 2011 3:45 PM

    P.S. Why should Congress have to be involved? Only because the players want to keep using.

  15. cwt123 says: Aug 29, 2011 3:46 PM

    How about worrying about EVERYTHING other than sports. You should be dealing with economics, war, hunger, the environment, etc.

    Leave sports alone. You have no business even discussing them.

  16. kashonly says: Aug 29, 2011 3:46 PM

    Why don’t they just take blood and freeze it for future testing….they say there’s no reliable HGH test…well there will be one eventually….then you can punish those who cheated later.

  17. dwntwnbadboy19 says: Aug 29, 2011 3:48 PM

    Tell congress to keep their noses out of the game i love, go fix your debt issue or something.

  18. 3octaveFart says: Aug 29, 2011 3:50 PM

    Congress’ approval rating is at an all-time low of 13%
    I can’t imagine why…
    So, where are all the jobs they promised?

  19. chrsal says: Aug 29, 2011 3:54 PM

    As long as these people take public money to subsidize their sport the public has a right to interfere and set some rules. If they do not want the public involved, stop blackmailing states and local governments into paying for the stadiums, then screwing the same taxpayers for PSLs.

  20. vikefan says: Aug 29, 2011 3:56 PM

    just shows how out of touch congress is, would rather try & strong arm professional sports issues than try & solve what they were actually elected to do cause they are too stupid, stubborn, & stuck in every lobbyists pocket round the world.

  21. Davo says: Aug 29, 2011 3:59 PM

    I’d say that taking on this issue isn’t going to make congress popular….

    …and then I remember that congress has something like a 12% approval rate.

  22. suckleague says: Aug 29, 2011 4:01 PM

    So NFL players should look to Washington for guidance on honesty?

  23. dasportsninja says: Aug 29, 2011 4:03 PM

    Congress needs to worry about our nation’s pending bankruptcy.

  24. castleofcheese says: Aug 29, 2011 4:05 PM

    @kibawib

    Why does Clay Matthews always get dragged into this? The guy’s father and uncle had very long and productive NFL careers and now his brother is in the NFL too. Is it so hard to believe that he has the genetics to be a solid NFL player?

  25. creo13 says: Aug 29, 2011 4:05 PM

    At least they have their priorities straight….KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF MY NFL!!!

  26. thingamajig says: Aug 29, 2011 4:06 PM

    Kashonly says: Why don’t they just take blood and freeze it for future testing….they say there’s no reliable HGH test…well there will be one eventually….then you can punish those who cheated later.

    Commish: Clay, we now have evidence that you cheated by taking HGH. Even though you’re retired now, we’re going to suspend you for 6 games.

  27. bcjim says: Aug 29, 2011 4:07 PM

    Citizens tell Congress to STFU.

  28. zen6969 says: Aug 29, 2011 4:08 PM

    I don’t even know how to respond to this. The only words that come to me is “Mind blowing”. Is this guy serious. Our country is in the toilet and this is what he chooses to concern himself with. Who are the mentally challenged people who voted this guy into office. You are a member of the the house of representatives and this is how you choose to spend your time WOW!!! REALLY!!! Hey congressman you must make your parents so proud. You do realize the country has more pressing issues.
    List in no particular order
    1. Unemployment
    2. Foreclosures
    3. Overall Economy
    4. Crime
    5. Healthcare
    6. HGH testing in the NFL ( PSSS hey idiot congressman, number 6 on this list is my way of being sarcastic. You should be replaced instantly.
    Way to prioritize congressman.

  29. yzguy431 says: Aug 29, 2011 4:08 PM

    who cares. if it gets these guys healthy sooner, let them do it.

  30. blarch says: Aug 29, 2011 4:12 PM

    HGH use should be allowed, even encouraged. It is nothing like steroids. It simply enables faster recovery from injury. All of the idiots in the media are making this out to be some huge issue, and it’s not. At all. Stop it.

  31. zen6969 says: Aug 29, 2011 4:19 PM

    Who cares if they take HGH. Let them I want to watch a physical game. If you do not want to watch a physical game, then watch a boring sport like baseball, golf, chess or simply go watch paint dry.
    One of the main reason people love Football is its physicality. Please just leave it alone. Anyone person who says it gives the player an unfair competitive advantage, I must tell you ” So What ”
    Football is physical and HGH makes it more physical, since we love the physicality of the game, you can see why we as fans would not care.

  32. realitypolice says: Aug 29, 2011 4:20 PM

    HGH has no performance enhancing benefits until a person reaches an age where their body slows down natural production. There are no active NFL players at that age.

    The only possible benefit of HGH to a young player is injury recovery time.

    There are no know side effects tied to proper use.

    Not only shouldn’t the NFL test for HGH, it should be allowing team physicians to prescribe it to injured players.

  33. profantasyplayer says: Aug 29, 2011 4:23 PM

    When I hear that congress is getting involved with any facet of the sports world It just infuriates me!

    Dear US Congress,

    We the people would like for our elected officials to stay as far away from sports as physically and legally possible. Please, it’s bad enough you have destroyed our economic standing and embarrassed us globally. Is that not enough, must you stick your tainted hands onto OUR sports as well?

    That being said, I have absolutely no problem with players using HGH. It’s medicine! Next players will be tested for Aspirin!

  34. profantasyplayer says: Aug 29, 2011 4:24 PM

    zen6969 says:
    Aug 29, 2011 4:08 PM
    I don’t even know how to respond to this. The only words that come to me is “Mind blowing”. Is this guy serious. Our country is in the toilet and this is what he chooses to concern himself with. Who are the mentally challenged people who voted this guy into office. You are a member of the the house of representatives and this is how you choose to spend your time WOW!!! REALLY!!! Hey congressman you must make your parents so proud. You do realize the country has more pressing issues.
    List in no particular order
    1. Unemployment
    2. Foreclosures
    3. Overall Economy
    4. Crime
    5. Healthcare
    6. HGH testing in the NFL ( PSSS hey idiot congressman, number 6 on this list is my way of being sarcastic. You should be replaced instantly.
    Way to prioritize congressman.
    ——————————————

    Couldn’t agree with you more! AMEN!!!!

  35. gadzod says: Aug 29, 2011 4:25 PM

    America encourages Congress to quit influencing sports and worry about that big ass debt Congress continues to allow get bigger and bigger……

  36. 3octaveFart says: Aug 29, 2011 4:28 PM

    bcjim says: Aug 29, 2011 4:07 PM

    “Citizens tell Congress to STFU.”

    Then why do we keep re-electing the same people?

  37. tomosbornesretirementcostjoepaatitle says: Aug 29, 2011 4:43 PM

    @ childressrulz

    You do realize that the World Anti Doping Agency tests at the Olympics and other international sporting events. This is the same test the NFL of trying to implement.

    Me thinks you watch too much Rocky IV.

  38. davikes says: Aug 29, 2011 4:47 PM

    realitypolice says:
    Aug 29, 2011 4:20 PM
    HGH has no performance enhancing benefits until a person reaches an age where their body slows down natural production. There are no active NFL players at that age.

    ———————————–
    Good point, but you’re forgetting about a lot of older players who would like to extend their careers, ie. Pat Williams, Jason Hanson, even maybe Brett. Pretty much anybody in their mid thirties would be a candidate for HGH.

  39. savannahrose44 says: Aug 29, 2011 4:50 PM

    childressrulz says:
    Aug 29, 2011 3:43 PM
    Who cares? They should just legalize steroids for professional athletes. It would make the whole situation a lot easier. No more testing. If you want to take them make sure you know what you are doing to yourself first and then take them. They are a human invention and should be used to increase human performance. Why do we continue to put ourselves at a disadvantage when we compete with Russians, Chinese, and others who are clearly using HGH and worse in things like the olympics. I think most people would say that HGH use and side effects are worth an NFL minimum contract for a few years. It increases it’s attractiveness when millions of dollars are on the line.

    ———————————————–

    Who cares? Wow your intelligence is showing there moron. I will tell you who cares…the families and friends who have to sit around and watch as the side effects from this crap completely destroy the person who took them. They care when they have to put a family member in an early grave. The ones who don’t use it care when some roid freak injures their loved one and ends a their carrier leaving them unemployed at best and crippled at worst. But you know who cares?

  40. grudenthediva says: Aug 29, 2011 4:51 PM

    “Then why do we keep re-electing the same people?”

    Upton has that big “R” next to his name so he’s coated in teflon. The “vote them ALL out!” crowd will still lather him with love come November.

    Though I love the “OMG do this instead!” from the one-track minds who think that just because they can’t do multi-task or delegate, it has to apply to everyone else.

  41. grudenthediva says: Aug 29, 2011 4:53 PM

    - do

  42. kibawib says: Aug 29, 2011 4:55 PM

    castleofcheese–Why does Clay Matthews always get dragged into this?”–Here’s why: “As a junior at Agoura High, Matthews was 6-1 and weighed about 165 pounds. By 2008, USC listed Matthews at 246. That’s 81 pounds of weight (muscle) on Matthews since a junior in high school (over 6 years). But while those gains aren’t unheard of from a college linemen, they are simply fantastic when you consider Matthews actually increased his speed and explosiveness–all while gaining 80 pounds of muscle.”

  43. dayumyou says: Aug 29, 2011 4:59 PM

    what if congress had to take a lie detector test before they could be elected…I think that kind of testing makes more sense

  44. cosmoman11 says: Aug 29, 2011 5:01 PM

    I wouldn’t let WADA near any testing program. They are a militant organization that goes on witch hunts to prove how right they are. If they suspect you of using they will never let up. Best example is Lance Armstrong. Probably the most tested individual in history and never had a positive test. Is he really smarter than everyone else when it comes to doping?

  45. savannahrose44 says: Aug 29, 2011 5:07 PM

    profantasyplayer says:
    Aug 29, 2011 4:23 PM
    When I hear that congress is getting involved with any facet of the sports world It just infuriates me!

    Dear US Congress,

    We the people would like for our elected officials to stay as far away from sports as physically and legally possible. Please, it’s bad enough you have destroyed our economic standing and embarrassed us globally. Is that not enough, must you stick your tainted hands onto OUR sports as well?

    That being said, I have absolutely no problem with players using HGH. It’s medicine! Next players will be tested for Aspirin!

    ————————————————

    HGH is not medicine it is a hormone. A hormone normally found in humans and animals yes, but the body naturally declines in production of this hormone as we grow and as we age. There is a reason for this. An over abundance of Hgh in the body can cause various types of cancer (including petuitary, colon, and prostate cancer), muscle weakness, and a decrease in insulin production resulting in type 2 diabeties. In a healthy person Hgh is not medicine by any means. In an unhealthy person it may be another story, but by unhealthy I’m talking about individuals who naturally do not produce enough of the hormone themselves (this is the exception and not the rule).

  46. savannahrose44 says: Aug 29, 2011 5:15 PM

    realitypolice says:
    Aug 29, 2011 4:20 PM
    HGH has no performance enhancing benefits until a person reaches an age where their body slows down natural production. There are no active NFL players at that age.

    The only possible benefit of HGH to a young player is injury recovery time.

    There are no know side effects tied to proper use.

    Not only shouldn’t the NFL test for HGH, it should be allowing team physicians to prescribe it to injured players.

    ———————————————–

    Proper use? If you think using Hgh for performance enhancement constitutes proper use in a healthy adult you are sadly mistaken. Proper use of this hormone is for individuals with severe problems with their pituitary gland…meaning its functioning little or not at all. Prescribing it to injured players is not a good idea if that player is otherwise a healthy individual. It amazes me how many people make blanket statements about this stuff when they actually know nothing about it.

  47. realitypolice says: Aug 29, 2011 5:21 PM

    davikes says:
    Aug 29, 2011 4:47 PM
    realitypolice says:
    Aug 29, 2011 4:20 PM
    HGH has no performance enhancing benefits until a person reaches an age where their body slows down natural production. There are no active NFL players at that age.

    ———————————–
    Good point, but you’re forgetting about a lot of older players who would like to extend their careers, ie. Pat Williams, Jason Hanson, even maybe Brett. Pretty much anybody in their mid thirties would be a candidate for HGH.
    =============================

    I’m not forgetting about them. They wouldn’t be candidates to have their careers lengthened by HGH.

    In their late thirties (and in Hanson’s case, 41) player’s bodies are still producing all of the growth hormone their bodies can use (unless they are naturally deficient, in which case they never would have made it to the league).

    A person’s natural production of growth hormone doesn’t decline on average until mid to late 40’s.

    And even if were proven that a player could extend his career with doctor prescribed HGH, what’s so terrible about that?

  48. castleofcheese says: Aug 29, 2011 5:27 PM

    castleofcheese–Why does Clay Matthews always get dragged into this?”–Here’s why: “As a junior at Agoura High, Matthews was 6-1 and weighed about 165 pounds. By 2008, USC listed Matthews at 246. That’s 81 pounds of weight (muscle) on Matthews since a junior in high school (over 6 years). But while those gains aren’t unheard of from a college linemen, they are simply fantastic when you consider Matthews actually increased his speed and explosiveness–all while gaining 80 pounds of muscle.”
    ————-
    When i was a junior in high school, i was 6’4″ 180. When I graduated college, I was 6’4″ 230. I’m just a regular guy who finally started filling out and started spending some free time in the weight room. If I can do that, it is pretty conceivable to me that Clay, an elite athlete, receiving elite training at the highest level of college athletics, could put on that size.

    Also, it is pretty well documented that his father and uncle both went through similar growth spurts. I suppose they were on HGH too?

  49. realitypolice says: Aug 29, 2011 5:29 PM

    savannahrose44 says:
    Aug 29, 2011 5:15 PM

    Proper use? If you think using Hgh for performance enhancement constitutes proper use in a healthy adult you are sadly mistaken. Proper use of this hormone is for individuals with severe problems with their pituitary gland…meaning its functioning little or not at all. Prescribing it to injured players is not a good idea if that player is otherwise a healthy individual. It amazes me how many people make blanket statements about this stuff when they actually know nothing about it.

    =================

    Please show me the part of my comment where I said performance enhancement is a proper use of HGH.

    In fact, my comment specifically states it will not enhance performance.

    It amazes me how people make self righteous blow-hardy blanket proclamations about another person without even understanding what they said.

  50. duece5 says: Aug 29, 2011 5:35 PM

    castleofcheese says:
    Aug 29, 2011 4:05 PM
    @kibawib

    Why does Clay Matthews always get dragged into this? The guy’s father and uncle had very long and productive NFL careers and now his brother is in the NFL too. Is it so hard to believe that he has the genetics to be a solid NFL player?

    duece5 says;

    Maybe it’s because he gained approximately 80 pounds of muscle between his junior year in high school-listed at 161 pounds, and then in 2008, USC has him for 246. He and Cushing were buds….hmmm…we know Cushing had NOTHING to do with HGH……sure he has a good pedigree, but there are many signs, especially his quick muscle mass, his bulging head, etc. that point to him using something, more than likely, HGH.

    Put another way, if your life depended on you making the right bet that he was or wasn’t on some sort of drug or HGH, what would you choose? My guess is most, except for BLIND followers like yourself, would surmise that the dude is roided up.

  51. catfish252 says: Aug 29, 2011 5:50 PM

    What’s the matter Congress – Can’t find any other issues that are more pressing in our nation right now. Maybe you ought to ask the public what they would like you to be spending your time on right now., I’m sure the list would keep your idle minds and hands busy for years to come.

  52. sakatak says: Aug 29, 2011 6:28 PM

    I think everyone in congress should be tested for HGH, illegal drugs, HIV, OWI, and they should all have to pass the Wonderlic test (you need an 8 to pass). If they test positive they can run for president.

  53. lexnekst says: Aug 29, 2011 7:08 PM

    First Player “Outed” will be Clay Matthews.

  54. realdraftgm says: Aug 29, 2011 7:09 PM

    they negotiated the deal congree a union and a private business which is part of that business so stay out of private business congress there are separation laws to protect companies from you vampires.

  55. MichaelEdits says: Aug 29, 2011 7:12 PM

    How is this Congress’s business?

  56. savannahrose44 says: Aug 29, 2011 7:16 PM

    realitypolice says:
    Aug 29, 2011 5:29 PM
    savannahrose44 says:
    Aug 29, 2011 5:15 PM

    Proper use? If you think using Hgh for performance enhancement constitutes proper use in a healthy adult you are sadly mistaken. Proper use of this hormone is for individuals with severe problems with their pituitary gland…meaning its functioning little or not at all. Prescribing it to injured players is not a good idea if that player is otherwise a healthy individual. It amazes me how many people make blanket statements about this stuff when they actually know nothing about it.

    =================

    Please show me the part of my comment where I said performance enhancement is a proper use of HGH.

    In fact, my comment specifically states it will not enhance performance.

    It amazes me how people make self righteous blow-hardy blanket proclamations about another person without even understanding what they said.

    ————————————————–

    So you think giving Hgh to an injured player is a proper use for it? Do you realize it can cause further swelling and inflammation which is counter productive to healing? Not to mention the fact that it stimulates cell growth…what happens when cells grow out of control? They form tumors which require surgery to remove which is again counter productive to a fast recovery. The human body requires time to heal and injecting someone with a growth hormone to get them on the field faster not only makes no sense it is counter productive to the desired effect. Saying it is medicinal and should be allowed in any other case than a natural deficiency is just plain stupid and a cover for using it for enhancement purposes.

  57. glen1904 says: Aug 29, 2011 7:53 PM

    pretty funny that congress should tell anyone how to do their job as long as they all have their heads up their rears and hands in lobbyist pockets!

  58. steeelfann says: Aug 30, 2011 9:02 AM

    Dear Stupid Government,

    The federal govt is supposed to take care of:
    1. Defense of country
    2. Interstate Transportation
    3. Interstate Commerce

    Why are you in:
    1. Lending
    2. Our Schools
    3. Our States Lands
    4. Housing
    5. Social Issues

    You cannot run anything at all. You are bankrupting us all, you have spent all our retirement money we gave you, and polluting our morality with your garbage. Most of you are not qualified for the position you are in. Please stay out of the NFL and our lives.

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