The NFL Players Association says the only holdup on an agreement to begin testing for human growth hormone is that someone needs oversight on Commissioner Roger Goodell.
NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith told Sal Paolantonio of ESPN that the reason the players haven’t agreed to HGH testing is that the players don’t accept Goodell’s stance that he should be the final arbiter of discipline for players who test positive.
“It’s not being held up on anything that has to do with HGH,” Smith said. “It’s not being held up on anything that has to do with DUIs. It’s not being held up on anything that has to do with the frequency of testing. It’s being held up because one man wants to keep the power to be the judge, jury and executioner. That’s not right.”
The league and the union both claim they want HGH testing, but they’ve long been at odds about the details. It doesn’t sound like they’re going to find common ground any time soon.