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Butkus calls lack of HGH testing “inexcusable”

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On a day dominated by talk of retired players getting compensated for injuries suffered due to concussions, one very prominent retired player doesn’t want the NFL to lose sight of an important lingering issue regarding current players.

Former Bears linebacker Dick Butkus wants to see HGH testing in the NFL.  Now.

“It is inexcusable to not have HGH testing in place for the 2013 season,” the Hall of Famer said in a statement released to PFT.  “If you care about the health and safety of players, you should not play without first conducting HGH testing.  Guys playing clean in the NFL are getting the short end of the stick.  They are being put at risk and penalized for doing things the right way.  Most importantly, young players at every level are watching and paying attention.  They are waiting for the players to lead.”

The implementation of HGH testing hinges on the NFL and the NFLPA reaching an agreement on appeals arising from discipline imposed for violations of the performance-enhancing drug policy arising not from testing.  While the NFL is willing to use third-party arbitration for positive steroids, HGH, and other PED tests, the league has refused to strip from Commissioner Roger Goodell the traditional authority over discipline arising from violations of the law relating to performance-enhancing drugs.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy tells PFT via email that no progress has been made regarding the finalization of an HGH policy.

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18 Responses to “Butkus calls lack of HGH testing “inexcusable””
  1. steelerconsensus says: Aug 29, 2013 6:58 PM

    There is no proof that HGH has perfomance-enhancing capabilities.

  2. thepvyharvin says: Aug 29, 2013 7:04 PM

    “He was like Moby Dick in a goldfish bowl.”
    –Steve Sabol, NFL Films Producer, on the greatness of Butkus…right on Dick.Back when men didn’t need roids to be a bad*ss….

  3. alligatorsnapper says: Aug 29, 2013 7:06 PM

    Butkus was the toughest SOB I saw play the game. I think he would have played without pads or a helmet.

    I wonder why this is important to him? I know he played clean and somehow he has been led to believe HGH gives the user some advantages, though I haven’t heard they are a PED or why.

  4. 302baller says: Aug 29, 2013 7:12 PM

    @steelerconsensus <<– there's plenty of research suggesting there is. Anything that causes cells to grow can accelerate Cancer. Nice to see players speaking out against PED's.

  5. deiong says: Aug 29, 2013 7:18 PM

    if they tested probably around 9/10ths of the league would be suspended… cant have a season with 1/10th of the league… you can see why they wouldn’t test.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the league eventually allows it since they know there would be no league if they enforced it.

  6. smack1114 says: Aug 29, 2013 7:23 PM

    “There is no proof that HGH has perfomance-enhancing capabilities.”

    So being bigger and stronger isn’t better in the NFL? Come on let’s be honest. I remember when steroids in baseball was first coming out. People would say “it doesn’t make you better at hitting a ball”. Now we know it makes you better, Bonds, Sosa, Pujols, etc…

  7. sarcasm says: Aug 29, 2013 7:41 PM

    I’ve always thought Butkus was overrated. He certainly didn’t want any of Joe Greene. If he were so tough, he’d at least take a shot at someone that spat on him. Just saying…

    He was good, but he’d be delivering UPS packages today instead of being in the NFL.

  8. uwsptke says: Aug 29, 2013 7:48 PM

    There’s a reason why guys are returning from ACL tears in 8 months instead of 12 or 15. The surgery and rehab regime remain relatively unchanged. Let’s not kid ourselves.

  9. steelerconsensus says: Aug 29, 2013 7:54 PM

    uwsptke says:
    Aug 29, 2013 7:48 PM

    There’s a reason why guys are returning from ACL tears in 8 months instead of 12 or 15. The surgery and rehab regime remain relatively unchanged. Let’s not kid ourselves.
    ________________________________

    And rapid recoveries are a bad thing?

  10. somekat says: Aug 29, 2013 8:01 PM

    steelerconsensus says: Aug 29, 2013 6:58 PM

    There is no proof that HGH has perfomance-enhancing capabilities.

    _________________

    Yeah, just like there’s no proof that steroids help in baseball. Amazing how far we’ve come that people now need “proof” for common sense

  11. 1509lucky says: Aug 29, 2013 8:27 PM

    smack1114 says:
    Aug 29, 2013 7:23 PM
    “There is no proof that HGH has perfomance-enhancing capabilities.”

    So being bigger and stronger isn’t better in the NFL? Come on let’s be honest. I remember when steroids in baseball was first coming out. People would say “it doesn’t make you better at hitting a ball”. Now we know it makes you better, Bonds, Sosa, Pujols, etc…

    For every Baseball Player you named,how many guys used P.E.Ds still SUCKED? That’s the part nobody ever brings up. For every so called “Dirty”player who succeeds twice as many are using are still marginal at best. When the spotlight is put on the successful users of P.E.D s.it actually encourages MORE players to use them. Shine the light on the marginal guys more and maybe you’d see a reduction in use amongst the younger guys.

  12. 302baller says: Aug 29, 2013 8:40 PM

    I love these people that defend HGH use in pro sports. Cheaters are losers period.

  13. zo121179 says: Aug 29, 2013 9:17 PM

    Please do not bring in the cesspool of MLB into an NFL forum.

  14. NotoriousKDV says: Aug 29, 2013 9:29 PM

    Chalk me up as someone who isn’t bothered at all about HGH. If it helps players heal faster then I’m all for it.

    It’s hilarious that the same people that want to see all of the recent rules in place to help player safety repealed are at the same time against something that will help players heal. Sounds like we have a bunch of barbarians for fans. They want to see players be able to beat the snot out of each other, but when they do tear a knee up or break a leg or whatever, don’t you dare take something like HGH that will help you heal faster. I mean seriously, what the heck?

  15. sparky900 says: Aug 29, 2013 9:43 PM

    I would think the disadvantage of being “clean” in football is much more severe than in baseball. In baseball, HGH and steroids may make it possible for a player to throw harder and hit farther. That doesn’t necessarily make the clean players look bad (although I’m sure some pitchers would disagree). In football, if you’re bigger and stronger than your opponent, it’s a clear advantage. It’s also a potential health risk for those who don’t partake, because of that bigger and stronger factor.

  16. ososrule says: Aug 29, 2013 10:23 PM

    steelerconsensus says:
    Aug 29, 2013 6:58 PM
    There is no proof that HGH has perfomance-enhancing capabilities.

    ———————————————–

    Ok, then what’s the purpose of it? Back in the days of Butkus and your Steel curtain days players didn’t cheat to enhance their performance! Drugs are everywhere, in every sport…….weather they improve performance or not. I find it hard to believe that people take this for other reasons then the one you are arguing!

  17. stoolerz says: Aug 29, 2013 10:27 PM

    Does anyone else wonder why the Steeler fans here support HGH? Oh, yeah, I forgot. Rooney started giving them out like candy in the 70s and 80s – just about the time they started getting good.

  18. hjworton46 says: Aug 30, 2013 3:35 AM

    If HGH isn’t a problem, then start testing for it. See who is a positive. I’m astonished at those on here who are not bothered about drug use in the NFL.

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