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NFLPA tells players and agents that urine collection rules will be “strictly enforced”

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In what one source has described as a direct response to this week’s six-game suspension of Broncos linebacker Von Miller, the NFLPA has informed all players and agents that, moving forward, the process of collecting urine samples for drug testing will be followed more closely.

“In our efforts to improve the integrity of our collectively bargained joint drug policies, please remember that collection protocol rules, including validation of a player’s identification at the time of collection, will be strictly enforced,” the NFLPA said in an alert sent to all players and agents on Friday.

On Twitter, the NFLPA specifically mentioned that “validation of a player’s identification is required and will be strictly enforced.”

By emphasizing player identification, these messages invite speculation that Miler’s case may have involved the player sending someone else to take a drug test for him.  Per the source, that was not one of the events that transpired in Miller’s case.

The NFLPA nevertheless has pointed out, of all aspects of urine collection, the validation of player ID, which means that something like this has happened in the past with another player, or at a minimum that the NFL and the NFLPA have realized that it would be an easy way to beat the system for the many NFL players who are not widely and instantly recognizable, especially when out of uniform.

The primary flaw in the process seems to be the failure of the collectors to directly observe the player generating the sample on a consistent basis.  It’s a step that was added after Onterrio Smith introduced the term “Whizzinator” into the NFL lexicon, but with players like former Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams being suspended for providing non-human urine, it’s clear that the collectors aren’t actually watching in every case.

Likewise, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman beat a suspension because the sample collector failed to note on the official report that the player was asked to transfer the sample from a leaking cup to a new cup.

We’ve confirmed that the reduced suspension for Miller arose in part from NFL concerns regarding sample collection.  With all positive tests for PEDs potentially resolved via third-party arbitration, it becomes critical for the NFL in every case to be able to demonstrate that all procedures were followed, and that the chain of custody from player to collector to lab has no broken links.

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24 Responses to “NFLPA tells players and agents that urine collection rules will be “strictly enforced””
  1. t8ertot says: Aug 24, 2013 9:10 AM

    Apple juice anyone?

  2. officialgame says: Aug 24, 2013 9:13 AM

    Either the Seahawks have the worlds best trainers and scouts or they would be a team that might be in trouble. There are just to many guys I watched play in college performing at athletic levels I never thought possible of them. Pete Carol also seems like a guy who would just look the other way.

  3. FinFan68 says: Aug 24, 2013 9:16 AM

    Likewise, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman beat a suspension because the sample collector failed to note on the official report that the player was asked to transfer the sample from a leaking cup to a new cup.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~
    This one is a silly technicality. If it wasn’t logged, then how do they know the sample was transferred? The answer is either they believed Sherman with no proof or that the collector demonstrated integrity by confirming the assertion (which would have never happened if the sample came up clean). The question I have is why they believe the collector about the transfer but not about introducing contaminates.

    The players like Sherman and Braun (MLB) use these circumstances to proclaim their innocence. What they are actually doing is saying “You can’t prove I did it” which is entirely different from not actually doing it at all.

    The NFL needs to fix these issues. The random urinalysis program is one of the simplest programs to manage. Stop catering to player convenience and make sure the program is run properly. It is not at all hard

  4. dsimp724 says: Aug 24, 2013 9:32 AM

    The cup Sherman used was cracked!
    That’s piss poor

  5. rainponcho87 says: Aug 24, 2013 9:36 AM

    Bad new for Seattle.

  6. i, flounder says: Aug 24, 2013 9:36 AM

    the picture of that cup is making me thirsty.

  7. zurnvs says: Aug 24, 2013 9:43 AM

    Nothing like watching another man pee into a cup. That is not the job ur parents thought you would get after college.

  8. FlashPatterson says: Aug 24, 2013 9:46 AM

    Really? they’re going to watch it more closely? I had to take a test to get a retail job and they watch you like a criminal on death row.

  9. billhicks666 says: Aug 24, 2013 9:48 AM

    NFLPA tells players and agents that urine collection rules will be “strictly enforced”

    Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, say no more!

  10. tsizzlesucks says: Aug 24, 2013 10:26 AM

    Ryan Braun = Richard Sherman, with the only difference being the NFL looks the other way and MLB chases them down like the lying, cheating rats they are!
    Grow some sack, Goodell. You’re game is dirtier than baseball ever was.

  11. greenmeattruck says: Aug 24, 2013 10:41 AM

    I didn’t realize that Sherman used the “Braun Defense”, but I sure as heck ain’t surprised.

    The RoidHawks are gonna be in trouble!

  12. greenmeattruck says: Aug 24, 2013 10:44 AM

    tsizzlesucks says: Aug 24, 2013 10:26 AM

    Ryan Braun = Richard Sherman, with the only difference being the NFL looks the other way and MLB chases them down like the lying, cheating rats they are!
    Grow some sack, Goodell. You’re game is dirtier than baseball ever was.
    ———————————————————-
    Have you watched ANY pro sorts over the past decade? MLB has been looking the other way since long before McCguire & Sosa, up until a year or two ago.

  13. trollhammer20 says: Aug 24, 2013 11:12 AM

    “This one is a silly technicality. If it wasn’t logged, then how do they know the sample was transferred?”

    Oh, gee, I don’t know, maybe because the guy who administered the test admitted it during the hearing? It all came out after the hearing was over – dude didn’t just break the chain of custody of ‘evidence’, he shattered it.

    Once again, we have proof positive that people just don’t pay attention very well, and only pay attention to things that confirm their pre-existing biases.

  14. 2manyconcussions says: Aug 24, 2013 11:20 AM

    How stupid are these people? You’d think the NFL was the first organization to implement mandatory drug testing. Are they just now realizing that players will try and beat the system? What a bunch of dweebs.

  15. cwwgk says: Aug 24, 2013 11:24 AM

    According to the NFLPA and its members, the real problem is that Goodell still has to much power.

  16. bonecity7 says: Aug 24, 2013 11:39 AM

    ……..linebacker D.J. Williams being suspended for providing non-human urine………

    So, the guy gets penalized because he had to piss like a racehorse?

  17. FinFan68 says: Aug 24, 2013 12:39 PM

    @trollhammer20,
    Your statement, “Once again, we have proof positive that people just don’t pay attention very well, and only pay attention to things that confirm their pre-existing biases” applies more to your post than to mine. Maybe you should read it again and pay more attention this time as you obviously missed the entire point of the comment.

  18. granadafan says: Aug 24, 2013 1:25 PM

    The NFL should adopt the Olympic policies and test players year round at anytime.

  19. datsanono says: Aug 24, 2013 1:35 PM

    This is bad news for the Seattle Steroids!

  20. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 24, 2013 1:54 PM

    Tests will be conducted in a specially designed subterranean chamber. Under the strict supervision of Mistress Greta.

  21. allidoiswin55 says: Aug 24, 2013 2:01 PM

    The redskins have the most ped suspensions over the same period of time as the seahawks. Including substance abuse the redskins lead the pack by far. Also the broncos are either tied or just behind the seahawks. 2 of Seattles suspensions were because an player has adhd, took his medicine, filed it with the team b never sent it to the league office. Another player on their list tested positive BEFORE joining the team but served his suspension on the seahawks.

    So many of you are punks and or are scared of Seattle so you make corny comments. Seahawks are those two technicality suspensions away from being SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE of the league. But somehow their all cheaters lol. Shows your hate and ignorance.

    Lastly Richard Sherman was an all freshman wr at stanford. He transfered over to cb hid senior season… And wad drafted in the 5th Rd bc his height, speed, agility, and inexperience were any unknown for the nfl.

    He promptly, made the nfl all rookie team after only playing 8 games and have around 6 picks. And after his FIRST SEASON A STARTER (2012 NFL season) he’s named all pro. All pro after only playing 3 years of high level competition.

    Let’s not forget the seahawks have the best db coach in the nfl….. PETE CARROLL!!!!.. And their personal position coach Richard something… The seahawks develop talent as good or better than maybe 2 teams in all the nfl. They use specific skill sets only to their advantage, and put them in situations only to succeed.

    The seahawks have the best collective group of cbs in the league without any competition. SHERMAN, BROWNER, WINFIELD, LANE, THURMOND III, MAXWELL… all of which are starting caliber players 4 are pro bowl caliber players just check their resume.

    To make such ignorant comments about the how peds make the team better shows your lack of football knowledge. The seahawks practice HARD so hard that I get in trouble sometimes. And that practice actually makes players better. Unlike pitty pat football pik the soft teams do like, Packers, Raiders, chargers, redskins, titans, falcons..

    Practice and preparation make players better. Not some lousy ped crap you all want to say. Please stop spreading ignorance. Thank you.

  22. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 24, 2013 7:10 PM

    Watching them pee in the cup can’t be far away.

  23. bamagirl33 says: Aug 25, 2013 12:01 AM

    Ugh-Imagine being the person collecting the non-human urine.

  24. aldante66 says: Aug 25, 2013 10:17 AM

    Having worked in Govt Transportation for 25 years where we’ve had testing programs in place for commercial vehicle drivers and others, I find it almost hard to believe the NFL, with their money, have such a flimsy program.

    Common sense says you go to other sources who have a system in place and pick their brains: how does it work, how do you prevent cheating, what about the collection process, what is random?

    Apparently the NFL did none of this. Hell the players know more about the program and how to get around it than the NFL. Unbelievable in this day and age.

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