Atallah talks personal conduct policy and HGH testing

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Today’s PFT Live was an all-guest show, starting with NFLPA spokesman George Atallah.

Atallah joined the program to talk about two of the lingering issues between the NFL and the union:  (1) whether the NFLPA agreed that eight repeat offenders would be subject to discipline for arrests/charges during the lockout; and (2) whether HGH testing will commence this year, as agreed by the parties.

On the first point, Atallah expained that the NFLPA has not agreed that the eight repeat offenders, including Bengals running back Cedric Benson, automatically will be disciplined.  Atallah believes that the NFLPA will have the right to advance all arguments on the players’ behalf, including the threshold question of whether a player can be disciplined for conduct occurring during the lockout.

The NFL disagrees.  If Benson’s appeal is rejected by the league, the NFLPA will have to consider other forms of recourse.

On the second point, Atallah said that the NFLPA is still waiting for more information from the World Anti-Doping Agency regarding the proposed testing procedure.  According to the New York Times, the impasse regarding this issue likely will prevent HGH testing from being implemented in 2011, even though the new CBA contemplates that HGH testing will be implemented this year.

The entire interview is worth a listen.  Even though the labor dispute was resolved without any lost games (other than the Hall of Fame game), these are important issues that need to be properly resolved.

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