Last August, the NFL and NFLPA agreed that HGH testing will be conducted under the new CBA. Since then, HGH testing has not been conducted.
The parties initially disagreed regarding whether a population study should be performed, in order to ensure the acceptable HGH thresholds for NFL players would be based not on the HGH naturally present in the bodies of Olympic athletes (like figure skaters and skiers) but NFL players. Finally, they agreed to conduct a population study.
Since then, the doctor who agreed to preside over the population study resigned. And now the NFL and NFLPA disagree on why the doctor left.
As explained by Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the league believes “the union’s actions caused the scientist who had agreed to do the population study to withdraw.” Maske writes that the league believes the doctor “became convinced the study was scientifically unnecessary and thought the union’s actions indicated the study was more about politics than science.” Maske also reports that “other scientists have declined to be involved for similar reasons.”
The union denies this contention, strongly. NFLPA spokesman George Atallah tells PFT via email that the perception is not accurate.
What is accurate is that the NFL and NFLPA are having an increasingly difficult time getting along. And we’ve got a feeling it’s going to get worse before it gets better.