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NFLPA says NFL could have had HGH testing before MLB

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With major-league baseball implementing random blood testing for HGH, the NFL and the NFLPA are facing extra pressure regarding their lingering failure to do the same.

The two sides agreed to HGH testing as part of the August 2011 labor deal, but they have not been able to agree on a protocol for testing.  Now, in an email to all NFLPA-certified contract advisors, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith says that football could have been first.

“As you may have heard, MLB and MLBPA reached a collectively bargained agreement with respect to in-season testing for hGH,” Smith says.  “Critical components of their agreement include: 1) MLB’s Commissioner’s Office must establish the accuracy and reliability of each allegedly positive test; 2) Players may present any evidence to challenge the accuracy, reliability, and thus the underlying scientific support for the test; and 3) all appeals are decided by neutral arbitrators.  If the NFL had adopted the same positions that Major League Baseball has, the NFL could have been the first to implement hGH testing.”

This explanation seems to overlook the lingering fight regarding the proposed testing method.  The NFLPA has, among other things, insisted on a “population study” aimed at determining the acceptable amount of naturally occurring HGH in football players.  The NFLPA and NFL have been unable to resolve those concerns, despite periodic Congressional intervention.

It’s possible that Smith contends the NFLPA would agree to HGH testing if the appeal process gave each player the right to attack the overall validity of the testing.  But it would make no sense to have NFL players give blood for an analysis that the NFLPA views as fundamentally defective and inherently unreliable.

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29 Responses to “NFLPA says NFL could have had HGH testing before MLB”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 11, 2013 2:27 PM

    NFL players might be more inclined to use Humungous Growth Hormones than those pudgy armchair athletes in MLB.

  2. dlk47823 says: Jan 11, 2013 2:32 PM

    Neither side want to test…90% of Lb’s and Ol are using HGH. You’ll see players weight drop by 10-15%. many players won’t survive without it.

  3. wtfpft says: Jan 11, 2013 2:33 PM

    Hope teams are prepared to lose around 6-8 guys on average after testing, the number of players using this is sky high.

  4. nygrwy says: Jan 11, 2013 2:35 PM

    The half life of hgh in the body is only a couple of hours. That means the window to catch a player is so small and not to mention so inaccurate. I dont get how people do not realize HGH does not directly increase strength.

    Its be proven in studies to have no effect on strength. Over time with training and diet you will grow and recover faster which will help you become stronger but its not an overnight process where as test you will see strength gains depending on the type between 2 days and 4 weeks.

    I get the feeling this is a just a smoke and mirrors situation. In any event I would love to get my hands on some of the hgh these guys get.

  5. FinFan68 says: Jan 11, 2013 2:37 PM

    The NFLPA has ZERO credibility on this issue. The story has changed several times. They do not want the testing to happen and will kick the can down the road as long as they can. They are a disgrace.

  6. explosionsauce says: Jan 11, 2013 2:41 PM

    DeMaurice Smith always blaming someone else for not reaching a deal.

  7. rexryanstattoo says: Jan 11, 2013 2:42 PM

    Considering failed drug tests are voided cause someone compromises a pee cup, how does the NFL expect to be able to successfully do this? It amuses me that they claim they could have had it already…

  8. flutieflakes says: Jan 11, 2013 2:52 PM

    They don’t want to have anonymous whistle-blowing it looks like. Imagine if players just pointed fingers at JJ Watt, Matthews, etc. I think that is what they are trying to avoid, but i.m.o., it’s easy to tell who is and who isn’t.

  9. hatesycophants says: Jan 11, 2013 2:53 PM

    Psst… Fans don’t give a rip about this. Accept it.

  10. wwwfugu says: Jan 11, 2013 2:54 PM

    MI5 says CIA could have had MPO testing before KGB

  11. dlk47823 says: Jan 11, 2013 3:02 PM

    Ray Ray would have retired 5 years ago without it….

  12. rtookey says: Jan 11, 2013 3:07 PM

    You got guys recovering from injuries in WEEKS where they should naturally heal in months. Of course theyre using HGH, ALL of them are. Cant wait to hear the stories come out about how they’re a disgrace!!! haha

  13. chilomane says: Jan 11, 2013 3:17 PM

    C’mon keep tge testing out of the NFL or make it so it appears to work.

  14. niko0063 says: Jan 11, 2013 3:19 PM

    In other news, the MLB accused the NFLPA of being jerks, to which DeMaurice Smith replied “I know you are, but what am I”

  15. smoochytherhino says: Jan 11, 2013 3:20 PM

    Woulda, coulda, shoulda. I honestly think most if not all NFL fans don’t care about this stuff. It’s an action league not a numbers league like baseball where we use stats to compare and argue across generations. NFL games and seasons (and thus 99% of its players) have become disposable – a chance to order pizza and wings and drink some beer – then as soon as it’s all over, toss it in the trash and forget about it.

    The only games that have any historical significance are Super Bowl games.

    The only true concerns here are whether down the line somebody gets sued about it.

  16. iceburgskin202 says: Jan 11, 2013 3:28 PM

    I know they are using my reason they don’t test for it. If they will risk using things that are banned then we know they use something that isn’t banned( being tested for).

  17. tyler4richardson says: Jan 11, 2013 3:35 PM

    So basically they’re admitting that the league COULD be as dirty as 90’s baseball?

  18. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jan 11, 2013 3:39 PM

    Headline should read, “NFLPA says NFL could have had HGH testing first, if it wasn’t for the NFLPA.” Ugh, to think baseball’s union could be better than football’s at ANYTHING is an embarassment. That sport’s union cost them a World Series.

  19. dukemarc says: Jan 11, 2013 3:45 PM

    Could this be the reason they are expanding the rosters? With all the impending suspensions, teams are going to need a bigger depth chart.

  20. tcostant says: Jan 11, 2013 3:55 PM

    Just shut up – Smith. MLB did something good, step off. If testing is delayed, we’ll deal with that then…

  21. papacrick says: Jan 11, 2013 3:57 PM

    Be prepared for the quality of play to drop off a cliff. This needs to be stopped at all costs. The players will not survive this

  22. atlho says: Jan 11, 2013 3:59 PM

    Say NO to HGH testing. These guys need this stuff. Look at all the injuries they have

  23. mjkelly77 says: Jan 11, 2013 4:04 PM

    … in an email to all NFLPA-certified contract advisors, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith says that football could have been first.

    Yeah, if Maurice Smith and the NFLPA didn’t stand in the way of it happening.

  24. dowhatifeellike says: Jan 11, 2013 4:09 PM

    Getting HGH out of the game would do a lot more to prevent concussions than anything currently considered.

  25. dowhatifeellike says: Jan 11, 2013 4:10 PM

    myopinionisrighterthanyours says:
    Jan 11, 2013 3:39 PM
    Headline should read, “NFLPA says NFL could have had HGH testing first, if it wasn’t for the NFLPA.” Ugh, to think baseball’s union could be better than football’s at ANYTHING is an embarassment. That sport’s union cost them a World Series.


    MLB’s union is tops. What other league has guaranteed contracts and no salary cap?

  26. TeamBalco says: Jan 11, 2013 4:12 PM

    My product is undetectable!

  27. shutupbrees says: Jan 11, 2013 4:33 PM

    The NFL will test for HGH as soon as it becomes the 8-track tape of Performance Enhancing Drugs.

  28. discosucs2005 says: Jan 11, 2013 6:48 PM

    I forget who said this but one player when asked about the “7/10 NFL players have taken hgh” stat said “I’d say that’s only off by 3”.

    Just MLB, every team will have players caught, many super stars will get caught, and the league will change dramatically if this introduced.

    At the very least, any player that’s had a significant injury has probably taken some banned substance: and that list includes some super stars: Terrell Suggs, Adrian Peterson, Tom Brady, and for my 49ers probably both Alex and Justin Smith (Akers should start if he hasn’t), and probably Aldon Smith and Joe Staley as well.

    The NFL needs to not end up like MLB at the start of the last decade.

  29. accipiterq says: Jan 11, 2013 7:19 PM

    They don’t need to find a baseline for NFL players; tests (drug/steroid/whatever) test for above a certain threshold, and it’s usually VERY high. It’s not like if you’re 3% higher than the general population you’re going to get nailed

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