NFL admits that players have tested positive for HGH

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In 2014, the NFL finally implemented HGH testing. The NFL had not previously disclosed that any players had tested positive for it.

During a Friday morning media briefing, NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart acknowledged positive HGH tests have been generated.

Lockhart didn’t immediately have at his disposal the specific number of players, but his answer clearly implied more than one.

When a player violated the NFL’s PED policy, the league typically doesn’t identify the substance for which he tested positive.

HGH had been a point of contention between the NFL and the NFLPA for years, since it entails blood testing. The players originally agreed to the concept of HGH testing as part of the 2011 labor deal, but the two sides needed three more years to hammer out the details.

33 responses to “NFL admits that players have tested positive for HGH

  1. Maybe the penalties for this should be much steeper than for the guy who used an OTC supplement with a trace of one of a hundred banned ingredients in it. HGH costs about a grand a month for a reason, whereas the jugs of protein or pre-workout powders are $30-60 a jug. You get what you pay for……

  2. Somewhere down the road when players develop some kind of long term issues related to HGH they will blame the league owners. They had no idea that putting foreign substances and/or too much hormones into the body was bad just like getting hit in the head. Why didn’t the owners warn them? Why???

  3. How and why would anyone take a word Joe Bleeping Lockhart has to say seriously? Bubba Clinton’s clown, spokesman for the NFL? Seriously? Well, I guess if your business needs someone to spew profane lies and spin half-truths, what better choice… Anthony Scaramucci was otherwise employed at the time, after all (just to be non-partisan).

  4. My biggest opposition to the NFLPA, their resistance to blood tests for HGH testing and subsequent player discipline. I get that NFL imposed discipline needs re-worked (bounty gate, deflate gate, Elliot gate). But there should absolutely be regular testing for HGH, player suspensions and published results. The MLB set the standard, and NFL should follow. Also, it should rightfully affect a players eligibility for Canton.

  5. So what part did you guys miss where the people using HGH are suspended, which Peyton Manning was not…? I’m sure he was just using avocado ice cream…

  6. I don’t care at all. This is a violent game, let them use it to recover. Put a HGH vending machine in the looker room for all I care. Let them smoke weed too. Neither are worse than the pain meds they shove down their throats now.

  7. irsaysneedle says:
    September 15, 2017 at 11:54 am

    and peyton got out juuuuuust in time….

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    Just in time? Have you seen any of the before and after pics of that dudes head??? No wonder his neck gave up the ghost propping that monstrous thing up

  8. I thought it was 2015 offseason that the testing got underway (maybe the agreement was 2014?). Anyway, to all you HGH-deniers saying Peyton, Clay, Peppers, Harrison “never tested positive” were only right because there was no test at the time even though HGH was already against rules for many years.

    MLB suspended a player, and when Al Jazeera doubled down on its NFL claims saying they had more evidence and recordings, the players backed off from going to court. They instead colluded with the NFL for a belated show trial in which no medical records or phones etc were asked for and Integrity Goodell most definitely did NOT ask to look at Al Jazeera’s additional evidence. TOTAL PR FIX.

  9. That’s actually impressive if he’s not bluffing: HGH is notoriously difficult to test & has an incredibly short window (You could take it for dinner and test negative by breakfast). In seven years of testing thousands of athletes, there’s only been about 15 positive tests (not including a couple of those overturned on appeal on scientific reasoning).

    That’s why I think he’s bluffing.

    The standard NFL steroid tests barely catches a few of the most obvious users, no way did they suddenly get good when it comes to catching a much harder substance to detect. You catch HGH users with receipts, not lab results.

  10. the NFL and NPFPA should be announcing the HGH testing program protocol, procedures and penalties

    If they let you know how the test is conducted, it’s easier for the players to figure out how to beat it.

  11. Clay Matthew clay Matthew clay Matthews clay Matthews clay Matthews
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    I’ll bet he’s off the sauce.

    Have you seen him play the last 3 years?

    Trick question… nobody else has seen either.

  12. Also, without getting too technical, the methodology the NFL & WADA created ensures there won’t be positive tests unless the NFL wants them.

    A baseline was created out of existing NFL players, then the threshold to test positive was created based on that.

    The problem?

    Players were informed of this. If you’re using players who are already on HGH for the baseline, all that does is raise the baseline average. In order to minimize/eliminate false positives, the threshold to test positive was raised further.

    How is anyone ever supposed to test positive, even if the testers bust in on the dinner time HGH session? Even if we ignore the short testing window, the threshold has already been set artificially high.

  13. ak185 says:
    September 15, 2017 at 12:12 pm
    So what part did you guys miss where the people using HGH are suspended, which Peyton Manning was not…? I’m sure he was just using avocado ice cream…

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    Peyton claimed the HGH was for his wife. Did anyone ever explain why a healthy 30-something year old woman would take HGH? And did they further explain how her taking HGH would make her husband’s head triple in circumference?

  14. @dsigrey says:
    September 15, 2017 at 12:33 pm
    I don’t care at all. This is a violent game, let them use it to recover. Put a HGH vending machine in the looker room for all I care. Let them smoke weed too. Neither are worse than the pain meds they shove down their throats now.
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    Nobody is shoving pain meds down their throats. They are taking them on their own. Don’t be stupid.

  15. Remember folks, HGH testers always play catch-up as doctors and scientists come up with new ways to beat the latest tests everyday. For example Italian doctors may have new HGH routine not yet detected by US based tests. By the time they catch up, a player can look for HGH doctors in different country like Japan or China or Brazil. Smart players will always be one step ahead of the league.

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