NFL can’t release specific number of players suspended for HGH

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The NFL acknowledged for the first time on Friday that players have tested positive for HGH since the league commenced testing for the substance in 2014. But that’s all the league can say about HGH testing.

“There have been players who have had HGH-related suspensions,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT via email. “The current policy prohibits the league or NFLPA from releasing information related to the number or nature of violations and/or substances involved. We have strived for transparency and would like to provide the public and players this information but the union has continually blocked us from doing so.”

In fairness to the NFLPA, the league has agreed to the contours of the confidentiality provision contained in the labor deal and the PED policy. If the NFL wanted full transparency, the NFL could bargain give up something else in exchange for the ability to tell us more about what the players who are suspended under the PED policy were caught taking.

16 responses to “NFL can’t release specific number of players suspended for HGH

  1. I think that it is crap that the NFL would have to give up something at the bargaining table to disclose that information. The NFLPA should want to rid their players from taking these drugs because the cheaters are basically taking money away from the non-cheaters. If you exposed the violation for each suspension, my guess would be that there would be less players willing to do it. There is no more “I took Adderall without a prescription” excuse.

  2. nhpats says:
    September 15, 2017 at 1:10 pm
    Just look at which players’ heads tripled in circumference since their rookie seasons
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    They would need to suspend every Patriot fan using that as a guideline. (just kidding)

  3. Why does the NFL care to release data on how many players have been suspended for HGH? Personally, i think they have an advantage in letting the players claim bad supplement, etc – rather than acknowledging actual drug use.

    No reason to ask for this, nor is there any reason for them to give up anything either.

  4. nhpats says:
    September 15, 2017 at 1:10 pm
    Just look at which players’ heads tripled in circumference since their rookie seasons

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    You mean like Gomer Manning when he lied, blamed his wife, and then proceeded to be allowed to cheat right in front of everyone, towards the end of the 2015 season?

    Anyone seen James Harrison, Clay Matthews or Julius Peppers’s heads lately? Pretty large.

  5. Anyone that doesn’t think a vast majority of players are, or have in the past, used HgH are fools. Sure, rule out Qb’s and kickers, after that educate yourself on the limits of the natural human body. Same people that are against the use are kidding themselves, because if you think the game would be just as exciting without hgh and PEDs in the NFL your oblivious. You want hard hitting fast action? Its part of the culture. Its their choice to use it and take the risk of being caught. As a fan, you’re only benefiting.

  6. Players get neutral arbitrators in player discipline. NFL gets transparency in HGH results.

    Boom. Everyone wins. You can paypal me 10% of the lawyer fees you’ll save, thank you.

  7. “We have strived for transparency and would like to provide the public and players this information but the union has continually blocked us from doing so.”
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    Good grief. How do they sleep at night?

    Why don’t they just leak it like they leak everything else?

  8. Classic case of the Union protecting the “bad players” (cheaters, drug users) at the expense of the “good players”. If an athlete gets an unfair advantage through illegal means, it harms the non-cheating athlete. It doesn’t harm the NFL.

  9. If the NFL and the “union” (both colluding on this issue) won’t release this information, then maybe it should be investigated by Congress. Get ready for some subpoenas.

  10. If there were players this league office wanted to taint for one reason or another who had failed tests, those names would be leaked.

  11. meangreen35 says:
    September 15, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Anyone that doesn’t think a vast majority of players are, or have in the past, used HgH are fools. Sure, rule out Qb’s and kickers, after that educate yourself on the limits of the natural human body. Same people that are against the use are kidding themselves, because if you think the game would be just as exciting without hgh and PEDs in the NFL your oblivious. You want hard hitting fast action? Its part of the culture. Its their choice to use it and take the risk of being caught. As a fan, you’re only benefiting.

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    Although some may agree with you generalizing this blatantly is brutal. The numbers may be larger than what folks think but saying the vast majority is just not true. There are lots of cheaters we’re all sure and there are LOTS that are clean and PED free. Just because you chose to post something that stupid on here doesn’t mean mean the vast majority of posters on here are stupid does it…….ooops.

  12. “We have strived for transparency and would like to provide the public and players this information but the union has continually blocked us from doing so.”
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    Good grief. How do they sleep at night?

    Why don’t they just leak it like they leak everything else?

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    I would assume a lot like scrooge mcduck, on top of huge piles of money…

  13. hustlelikerussell says:
    Classic case of the Union protecting the “bad players” (cheaters, drug users) at the expense of the “good players”. If an athlete gets an unfair advantage through illegal means, it harms the non-cheating athlete. It doesn’t harm the NFL.

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    The “union” is a collection of the players. If the majority want to protect the cheaters, then maybe that’s because the majority ARE cheaters.

  14. As a Patriots fan I’m not fretting these HGH results. Just release them. No way an organization led by an incompetent person like Goodell can detect Brady’s Italian HGH. Look how Goodell and his minions bungled the science of deflated footballs.

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