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Congress has no timetable for next steps on HGH testing

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With the NFL and NFLPA still at impasse regarding the issue of HGH testing, and with at least one Congressional committee already involved in trying to turn the agreement to conduct HGH testing into a reality, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that the group that has been actively involved in encouraging the commencement of testing has no timetable for its next steps.

“No timetable” doesn’t mean that the process will be delayed indefinitely.  It means that anything can happen, at any time.

A month ago on Monday, the NFL and NFLPA met with two key members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in order to transform the August 4 agreement to conduct HGH testing into actual HGH testing.  Representative Darrell Issa (R-Cal.) said after the meeting that the parties had agreed to promptly commence the collection of blood samples.

To date, that hasn’t happened.

As explained last Sunday, Congress has multiple tools at its disposal to nudge the parties toward HGH testing.  Even without a public hearing, players can be questioned behind closed doors regarding a variety of issues, including the reasons for the NFLPA’s resistance to testing and the extent to which HGH is being used by players.  If/when the public questioning strays toward the issue of team knowledge of HGH use and/or team involvement in procuring it, the NFL could take some significant hits on this issue, even though the NFL is merely hoping at this point to see the union fulfill its agreement to submit to HGH testing.

And so the smart approach for the NFL could be to pursue the enforcement of the agreement through available legal means.  Though it could take weeks if not months to resolve such efforts, a resolution through a judicial process would likely do far less damage to the league and its players than a full-blown Congressional inquiry.

Either way, the Congressional clock is ticking.  And like DeSean Jackson’s alarm, no one knows when it’s going to start buzzing.

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6 Responses to “Congress has no timetable for next steps on HGH testing”
  1. yeahyeahyeahbono14 says: Nov 13, 2011 10:51 AM

    That is one of the weirdest image attachments to ever be posted alongside a straight news story.

  2. trbowman says: Nov 13, 2011 10:53 AM

    Headline might as well be –

    “Congress has no timetable for anything.”

  3. melikefootball says: Nov 13, 2011 10:55 AM

    Congress never has a timetable for anything…what is new!

  4. raylewis52 says: Nov 13, 2011 10:56 AM

    Oh thank god what a relief. So happy the do nothing congress decided to do something important for once…. /sarcasm

  5. stairwayto7 says: Nov 13, 2011 11:16 AM

    Hey Congress read Article 27 of the Constitution! If you can;t do your job YOU DO NOT GET A RAISE AND TAKE A PAY CUT! Do your job about the country not HGH!

  6. backindasaddle says: Nov 13, 2011 12:21 PM

    Congress should not be involved in this. They have far too many other things to screw up. The union should be championing this issue. After all….”they’re only concerned with what’s best for the players”….right? What could possibly be more important than the players health….right? Nope….the union brain does not think in these terms. The union brain only thinks in terms of power, control, money, more power, more control, more money…..more more more. The union brain does not give a crap about the players health.

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