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Goodell keeps pushing NFLPA on HGH testing

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In a pregame interview on Thursday night with NBC’s Bob Costas, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed several topics, including the curious failure of the league and the NFLPA to get HGH testing in place for the start of the season, despite proclamations to the contrary.

Costas hit that topic right out of the gates, asking Goodell to explain the delay.

“We did agree in our CBA that we would start HGH testing with the regular season,” Goodell said.  “The union wanted to get some additional information and that’s been provided to them.  I think it’s important for us to implement as soon as possible for player health and safety, and for the integrity of the game.  I expect we’ll be hearing from them shortly to get it implemented.  We’re ready to go.”

Goodell said he’s not as concerned about the impression that the NFLPA is covering for HGH users as he is about the simple fact that the testing hasn’t been implemented.

“We had sufficient time,” Goodell said.  “It had been negotiated over a lengthy period of time.  I don’t think there’s anything new that’s developed since we agreed to it so I think it’s the right thing to do.  I hope we’ll be able to do it as soon as possible.”

The perception that the NFLPA hopes to protect HGH users from getting caught seems more than reasonable, even if the more like reality is that the union hopes to use resistance to HGH testing as a tool for scoring concessions in the broader drug testing negotiations.  Either way, the NFLPA agreed that HGH testing will happen, starting this year.  If the NFLPA doesn’t like the protocol used by the World Anti-Doping Agency — the group that handles drug testing for the Olympics — the NFLPA should be prepared to recommend a meaningful alternative.  Surely, the union didn’t agree to HGH testing without considering how the HGH testing would be implemented.

Then again, maybe they did.

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20 Responses to “Goodell keeps pushing NFLPA on HGH testing”
  1. FinFan68 says: Sep 9, 2011 8:51 AM

    The players don’t want the test for the obvious reason. The rest is eyewash that only hero worshipers or folks that condone PED usage are apt to believe.

  2. tommyf15 says: Sep 9, 2011 9:01 AM

    the NFLPA agreed that HGH testing will happen, starting this year. If the NFLPA doesn’t like the protocol used by the World Anti-Doping Agency — the group that handles drug testing for the Olympics — the NFLPA should be prepared to recommend a meaningful alternative.

    That’s what the NFLPA is looking into.

  3. habsman says: Sep 9, 2011 9:03 AM

    The Stelers were the only team that didn’t ratify the new agreement that included HGH testing. Curious eh?

  4. jpb12 says: Sep 9, 2011 9:07 AM

    D:
    Quit calling me Shirley.

  5. 6the6ringedsteelerslolatyouremptylittletrophycase7 says: Sep 9, 2011 9:14 AM

    Can a feller get a thumbs down?

  6. jw731 says: Sep 9, 2011 9:16 AM

    I don’t know who i would rather see punched in the face first…Costas or Goodell…..Maybe i’ll ask Hugh Douglas.

  7. scudbot says: Sep 9, 2011 9:26 AM

    HGH occurs naturally in the body. The proposed test looks for higher than normal levels. The Union is asking for data on what the distribution of naturally occurring levels is. WADA refuses to turn that info over to the union.

  8. football58 says: Sep 9, 2011 9:28 AM

    Whats with all this HGH talk. Do we want Peyton Hillis to play or not?

  9. livingthedream34 says: Sep 9, 2011 9:37 AM

    Goddell is the worst thing that happen to the NFL. HGH is more of a recovery aid than a steriod. He should want players to come back faster to make money for the NFL.

  10. mjkelly77 says: Sep 9, 2011 10:40 AM

    HGH is a recovery aid vs. a steroid? Do some research. HGH helps eliminate fat from your body while also increasing muscle mass. I have friends who are licenced pharmacists who inject the stuff in their waistline tissue and, along with the testosterone cream they apply, they look ten to fifteen years younger than they are. There is a long list of dangerous side effects with HGH usage and an increased susceptibility to prostate cancer with elevated testosterone levels. The NFL needs to make the players look out for themselves. Remember Lyle Alzado.

  11. kibawib says: Sep 9, 2011 10:53 AM

    So Clay Matthews will be suspended within two weeks of the HGH testing? If you read about Matthews’ sack production being down at the end of the year, you’ll know the reason. Juicer.

  12. rightnfrontofu says: Sep 9, 2011 10:56 AM

    Really!! wow

  13. rightnfrontofu says: Sep 9, 2011 11:05 AM

    Woah, you are quick to jump on the players about drug policies, but wasn’t there a certain head coach and assitant head coach that were caught taking controlled substances from the team training rooom.

  14. rightnfrontofu says: Sep 9, 2011 11:06 AM

    I thought nfl staff personnel was held to a higher standard than player personnel…hmmm

  15. rightnfrontofu says: Sep 9, 2011 11:11 AM

    C’mon Mike F. you’ve chased a simpler stories better than the effort you put into finding out what happen in that incident. The “Old Boys Club” must have sent a message to “kill the story” or lose bandwidth/guest appearences on Football in America(ha). Man, I’ve seen you go after head coaches(sorry-T. Cable)

  16. scudbot says: Sep 9, 2011 11:37 AM

    kibawib, go back to your Purple Drank and be happy your homeless team with its plugin turfshooting QB is so much greater than the Packers.

  17. axespray says: Sep 9, 2011 12:46 PM

    kibawib says:Sep 9, 2011 10:53 AM
    “So Clay Matthews will be suspended within two weeks of the HGH testing? If you read about Matthews’ sack production being down at the end of the year, you’ll know the reason. Juicer.”

    wow, what an incredible piece of evidence…
    How could we ever defend against that? …other than that … “innocent til proven guilty” part.

    By the way, why wasn’t jared allen racking up sacks at the start of last year, or Peppers, or better yet, why does trent cole disappear at the end of the year every year… Juice?
    c’mon kid.

  18. wcdunkenfield says: Sep 9, 2011 2:02 PM

    Ok, let’s start on solid ground: ANY Oakland Raider is immediately suspect, especially lineman. Closely followed by Steelers, and SD Chargers. After that, I would like to see all linebackers tested. And let’s just see if Mike Singletary is willing, even at this point, to take the test. His eyes were never quite right…

  19. buzzbissinger says: Sep 9, 2011 2:09 PM

    Nothing to see here; The NFL is bent on bieng drug free as much as the NCAA is bent on bieng salary free. Stop posturing Goodell.

  20. steelersmichele says: Sep 9, 2011 2:29 PM

    habsman says: The Stelers were the only team that didn’t ratify the new agreement that included HGH testing. Curious eh?

    Not curious at all–the Steelers spoke out against the new CBA on the basis of player discipline. They weren’t happy with how the fines were being handed out. The drug testing had nothing to do with it.

    And considering how the posters on PFT and some of the players are upset with the fines from pre-season, I guess the Steelers were right. Then again, not one Steeelers player has been fined so far, so I guess your stupid little theory is just that: stupid.

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