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NFL, NFLPA agree on revised drug, PED policies

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 14: A neighborhood resident holds up a 'No K2' sign, July 14, 2016 on the border of the Bedford-Stuyvesant and Bushwick neighborhoods in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Following a wave of suspected K2 overdoes on Tuesday, New York City police raided five convenience stores on Wednesday. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Getty Images

At a time when, at times, the NFL and NFL Players Association presumably would disagree on what time it is, the league and union quietly finalized some changes to the drug and PED policies earlier this week.

Under the substance-abuse policy, synthetic marijuana (known as K2, Spice, and Blaze, among other labels) has been added to the list of banned substances. Also, players are not permitted to record the collection process in any way, and players have four hours to provide a sample during the offseason.

The PED policy likewise prohibits the recording of the collection process, and the list of banned substances now includes Growth Hormone Secretagogues and Growth Hormone Releasing Hormones and Peptides.

A dispute emerged between the league and the union earlier this year regarding whether players are permitted to record the collection process. Past versions of the policies previously did not specifically prohibits it; now, both policies do.

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19 Responses to “NFL, NFLPA agree on revised drug, PED policies”
  1. filmex2000 says: Oct 9, 2016 8:50 AM

    Since the league’s marijuana policy isn’t arcane enough, let’s add to the list!

    Does the NFL Players Association ever say no?

  2. tacowrecker says: Oct 9, 2016 9:04 AM

    So what did the NFLPA gain? Sounds more like the NFL said, “We’re adding more stuff to the banned list, and we don’t want players recording/documenting our testing procedures and making them public. Sign this and keep your mouth shut.”

  3. sportnik2 says: Oct 9, 2016 9:07 AM

    The NFLPA needs to learn how to play hardball with the Goodell & his vile band of flunkies. They shouldn’t be making any deals with the NFL as long as Goodell holds unlimited power.

    If the NFLPA had any sense, they would be negotiating a “contingency” TV contract with whatever TV network (Twitter, You Tube, etc) will engage with them for the 2020 season and beyond.

    The owners have nothing without the players and the NFLPA could easily set up a employee owned league that plays out of college stadiums, with all revenues passed to the players. Even if the NFLPA was bluffing, it would force the owners to either have a real negotiation or risk losing the entirety of their billion dollar investments.

  4. celticsforever says: Oct 9, 2016 9:10 AM

    My goodness. What did th players get back in return? Postage-paid envelopes to mail in all their fines?

  5. chut26 says: Oct 9, 2016 9:14 AM

    The NFLPA is the worst union in pro sports. Why would they allow the clause to disallow recording the testing process?

  6. jag1959 says: Oct 9, 2016 9:47 AM

    Interesting that the NFLPA agreed to adding something not previously tested for…and when does this go into effect? Even the NFLPA’s release doesn’t show a date. No doubt there are players walking around with synthetic pot in their systems right now

  7. dartwick says: Oct 9, 2016 9:51 AM

    Is something in the change to the players benefit?

    I know their union is not good, but their must be something that is an improvement.

  8. evrybdyhas1 says: Oct 9, 2016 9:57 AM

    Not sure I really want to see a player urinating into a cup on Youtube.

    In spite of all the contrary opinions, the most important thing the NFLPA can do and does for the players is get a large share of the revenue (done) and work to grow that revenue (on going).

    Goodell is a convenient lightning rod for the pwners and union.

  9. imodan says: Oct 9, 2016 10:00 AM

    So the union goes belly up on the ONE thing that could verify a players innocence. Riiiiiiight. Good plan NFLPA, good plan.

  10. pastabelly says: Oct 9, 2016 10:00 AM

    Synthetic weed had Chandler Jones end up at a Foxboro police station in his underwear. That being said, I agree with others who say the NFLPA continues to get walked all over by Roger Goodell.

  11. bigredgoog says: Oct 9, 2016 10:06 AM

    This Union fights everything. They either got something in return or the existing contract gave the NFL the right to do this.

  12. willycents says: Oct 9, 2016 10:30 AM

    “Why would they allow the clause to disallow recording the testing process?”
    I don’t know about the rest of you, but, I, for one, have no desire to see a video of some NFL player pissing in a cup on U Tube or twitter. (Where it would end up)
    Maybe I am weird or something. The thought is not appealing to me in the least. However, I suppose many fans want to see that.

  13. dodgerlakerfan1969 says: Oct 9, 2016 10:43 AM

    and the list of banned substances now includes Growth Hormone Secretagogues and Growth Hormone Releasing Hormones and Peptides

    I wouldn’t be surprised if this was the HGH Peyton was taking and now that he’s retired the NFL decides it’s time to include it.

  14. donbat67 says: Oct 9, 2016 10:54 AM

    Any new rules regarding shooting yourself ?
    Maybe a mandatory IQ test .

  15. brendafortheboyz says: Oct 9, 2016 11:07 AM

    Maybe if the Union and NFL agree to a change in the players’ Code of Ethics and behavior rule book, they might be surprised if the TV ratings go back up? The Union is concerned; however, the NFL not so much! We can continue to watch the ratings fall, imo😦

  16. revren10 says: Oct 9, 2016 11:14 AM

    Can’t wait to see how many more PED violations are announced

  17. tacowrecker says: Oct 9, 2016 11:38 AM

    All this NFL/NFLPA bickering is a dog-and-pony show. I think the NFLPA brass works for the NFL and has been duping the players for years

  18. genericcommenter says: Oct 9, 2016 12:06 PM

    So the “agreement” is: NFL says this is how it’s going down, and the NFLPA says “OK”?

  19. maverick2560 says: Oct 9, 2016 1:49 PM

    The union has no leverage. It never had any. In times past Upshaw
    largely relied on the intergrity and willingness of Rozelle, Tagliabue
    with support from Rooney and like minded owners. Those days are gone. Goodell s campaign for commissioner was in large part based upon overturning the 2006 CBA and on putting the union in line.
    The average union member has a period of membership less than
    3 years. Self survivorship is all players main concern. Thinking about
    union issues is a distant concern. That does not mean the players are happy but it’s going to take a lot of consensus before something is done about it.

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