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Goodell says it’s “overdue” to get hGH testing in place

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During a Wednesday press availability, Commissioner Roger Goodell was asked whether it’s true that an agreement with the NFLPA on hGH testing is close.

“Well, I don’t know how you get any closer than we thought we had agreed to it in 2011,” Goodell said.  “It was in our agreement and we felt we had an hGH policy that was agreed to.  We’ve had varying discussions with the NFLPA about getting that instituted.  We think it’s overdue to get it done.  We think it’s in the best interest of the players, best interest of the game and the best interest of the generations of young kids that look up to us.  We welcome getting it done and we’re anxious to do so.”

While it’s true that the two sides agreed hGH testing will occur, the inability to agree on a procedure for it has bogged the process down miserably.  And the NFL hasn’t pushed the issue because it’s critical that the players willingly embrace the invasion of their flesh by a needle that will extract blood.

So is it now closer to happening, as we (and now others) have reported?

“You know my view on that is that unfortunately over the three years, a lot of things have changed,” Goodell said.  “One minute it’s this issue.  Another minute it’s another.  We’ve tried to address all those issues.  We think we have.  I’ll be happy when we can announce we have the program done and completed.”

Of course, the NFLPA would say the same thing about the NFL.  Significant progress has been made.  But, as one source with direct knowledge of the process explained it to PFT, the NFL has a habit of suddenly asking to change something that the NFLPA previously believed was resolved.  Likewise, the NFL will suddenly fall silent at a time when momentum is building.

There’s a quiet hope that the process will accelerate toward a conclusion today, but a fear exists that Wednesday’s reports regarding a deal being close will throw a wrench in the gears.  From the union’s perspective, failure to work something out before the season begins could make it very difficult to get anything done before the season ends.

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26 Responses to “Goodell says it’s “overdue” to get hGH testing in place”
  1. ramitbaby says: Sep 4, 2014 7:52 AM

    Just what fans want to see, more suspensions of the league’s best players. It isn’t an unfair advantage if everyone is allowed to use it.

  2. devdar25 says: Sep 4, 2014 8:03 AM

    If Goodell would give up some power and stop being judge jury and executioner then a deal would have been in place already. But he just can’t help himself he always has to ruin the league somehow

  3. bigblu73 says: Sep 4, 2014 8:23 AM

    While this is well and good, I’m personally waiting for the presser stating that Goodell realizes the NFL’s draconian policy on Marijuana needs to be abolished. Jeez, if you’re not going to just do away with the test(see NBA policy) atleast raise the failed test requirement to IOC(International Olympic Committee) levels for Christ’s Sake!!!!

    In my best Cris Carter voice, “C’MON MAN”!!!!

  4. kneelbeforesod says: Sep 4, 2014 8:45 AM

    Who will be left to play?

  5. harveyredman says: Sep 4, 2014 8:45 AM

    HGH should be 100% allowed under the supervision of a qualified Medical Professional – PERIOD

  6. unfrozencavemanlawyer2 says: Sep 4, 2014 9:13 AM

    Why are he and McCain so bent out of shape about HGH testing? It’s a supbar muscle builder. It’s efficacy as a performance enhancer is nebulous at best. It’s primary use is for injury rehab- which ought to be allowed for professional athletes who get paid millions to play (as opposed to sitting on the sidelines with an injury).

  7. chargersdiehard says: Sep 4, 2014 9:15 AM

    There goes the Seahawks future plans.

  8. poetpft says: Sep 4, 2014 9:22 AM

    overdue on HGH, outdated on marijuana

  9. dreamer5873 says: Sep 4, 2014 9:23 AM

    Are you serious?

  10. macbull says: Sep 4, 2014 9:23 AM

    Goodell is on Mike and Mike now…

    Lets see what the news is on drug testing program

  11. dreamer5873 says: Sep 4, 2014 9:25 AM

    Are you serious

  12. dreamer5873 says: Sep 4, 2014 9:26 AM

    About 10% of the players will be left to play. Lol

  13. pats3rings says: Sep 4, 2014 9:41 AM

    The NFL has long had a serious drug problem. Players have been juiced on performance enhancing drugs and have been popping pain medications/anti inflammatory drugs for decades to improve their on the field production and to help them play injured. HGH testing is at least a step in the right direction.

  14. packy305 says: Sep 4, 2014 9:49 AM

    It’s time to get rid of Goodell !!

  15. brownsmakemecrazy says: Sep 4, 2014 10:29 AM

    Only thing that shouldn’t be allowed are Steroids. Everything else shouldn’t be penalized or tested for.

    I mean gimme a break Goodell. Stop being a putz.

  16. crazyaboutthepigskin says: Sep 4, 2014 10:45 AM

    Fair is fair. Let’s institute a drug testing policy for the owners, league officials and their extended families.

    I’d say that a two hour notice to appear at some location deliver a sample, in person, would be fair and equitable.

  17. keepounding1234 says: Sep 4, 2014 10:55 AM

    I think they should be allowed to use it under a doctors supervision. It helps heal. It doesn’t enhance performance.

  18. djshnooks says: Sep 4, 2014 11:00 AM

    A new commissioner is overdue too.

  19. maverick2560 says: Sep 4, 2014 11:12 AM

    HGH testing is overdue. Less Goodell is overdue. Take a play
    From your predecessor’s play book Rodger! You do not have to
    be front and center on every issue. Goodell tries to run his
    office like a U.S. Senator always seeking the limelight. Perhaps
    Rodger has higher ambitions!

  20. dickensbslim says: Sep 4, 2014 12:02 PM

    Will the test be able to catch anyone?

    The more players that are on HGH for the test to develop baseline numbers, the higher the threshold will be to trigger a positive test in the future.

    In essence, the dirtier the league is now, the cleaner it will appear to be in the future.

  21. zerodime says: Sep 4, 2014 12:06 PM

    HGH might be overdue but so is fixing the weed ban. I hope the NFLPA doesn’t even consider adding HGH without restructuring the Marijuana testing rules.

  22. ghost26 says: Sep 4, 2014 12:53 PM

    ‘Goodell says it’s “overdue” to get hGH testing in place’

    It’s also overdue for someone to throw a shoe at his head.

  23. bucsmightbegood says: Sep 4, 2014 1:07 PM

    It’s overdue to let Ray Rice sit out only two games, while banning Josh Gordon for the year.

    Goodell should suspend himself for the year, and let his $40,000,000.00 salary be donated towards stopping domestic violence.

  24. lurkerkerker says: Sep 4, 2014 1:43 PM

    It seems a bit hypocritical to implement so many game-changing safety rules in the name of safety, yet ban a substance that helps players heal more quickly. Goodell needs to go.

  25. xsm941f says: Sep 4, 2014 2:06 PM

    What’s overdue is someone putting the pompous man in sports, Goodell, in his place.

  26. bobsnygiants says: Sep 4, 2014 6:39 PM

    it’s overdue to get this guy out.

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