NFL says Galea case "highlights the need for enhanced testing"

Shortly after Dr. Anthony Galea was charged with illegally providing human growth hormone to NFL players, the league issued a statement saying the case shows the need to test for HGH.

“This is an ongoing federal investigation and we have not been informed of the identity of these players,” the league’s statement said. “We obviously have a very strong interest in learning who these players are and about their involvement with any prohibited substances so that we can enforce our policies. When we have had evidence of illegal purchase, possession, or use of HGH, we have imposed discipline and are fully prepared to do so again if the facts support it.”

The league’s statement went on to say that it wants to implement HGH testing.

“We have been in touch with law enforcement and will continue to cooperate with the federal authorities as the case moves forward,” the statement says. “This case highlights the need for enhanced testing and in our discussions about a new Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL Players Association, we have proposed expanding our current testing program to include growth hormone.”

The league has said it favors blood testing for HGH. The union’s stance is that while urine tests for performance-enhancing drugs are acceptable, blood tests are too invasive.

18 responses to “NFL says Galea case "highlights the need for enhanced testing"

  1. The league has said it favors blood testing for HGH. The union’s stance is that while urine tests for performance-enhancing drugs are acceptable, blood tests are too invasive.
    You want to make millions playing football? Take a blood test to prove you’re clean – invasive my ass.

  2. The NFLPA reacting to the statement remained firm in it’s stance. In the words of DeMo Stepin-Fetchit, “Piss on those bloodsuckers”.

  3. “The union’s stance is that while urine tests for performance-enhancing drugs are acceptable, blood tests are too invasive.”
    Tests for HGH can only make the members healthier and they’ll live longer. Too invasive my butt.

  4. When people are getting paid several million dollars a year getting blood drawn a few times a year should not be “too invasive” a thing to deal with. Unless you have something to hide.

  5. Screw the union on this one. The NFL should go on a public campaign to emphasize that the union will not allow proper blood testing for HGH. In other words, the union wants to promote use of illegal HGH by players. It is against federal law to prescribe HGH except for a couple of rare instances. Invasive testing is done by diabetics every day by merely pricking one finger to get a small drop of blood. The owners should not have to give anything up in the new CBA for this testing – if the NFL doesn’t support it voluntarily, the government will soon force the issue now that there is proof that this use is occurring in the NFL. HGH is being smuggled in from Canada, China, and other countries.

  6. All the tests should be blood test. Urinalysis is a joke, I have personally “passed” several drug tests, and my piss was anything but clean.
    No system is perfect, but it appears that the IOC has the right idea and aggression when dealing with cheaters.

  7. Wait until they’re 50 and they get their first prostate exam, then they’ll understand what too invasive is.

  8. So a needle to shoot PEDs into the body isn’t invasive but one to take a blood test is?

  9. Too late now. They’ve already opened Pandora’s box. She’s whore anyway, or crackhead. Is her last name Bryant?

  10. Get ready to retunr to the days of 240 pound tackles and skinny WR’s.
    Also, where’d Persona’s post go? It explains a lot.
    Inquiring minds want to know!

  11. problem is, if the NFL wants to test for it, the burden is on them to hire a company capable of developing such a test.
    Basically you would have to do a Western Blot, which requires specific antibodies to the recombinant Somatotropin (HGH) molecule. Then you have to develop a test used over and over again for all the players to be tested that is validated and reliable.
    Basically, the Union doesn’t want to spend any of the money required to develop a standardized test like that. The cost the antibodies alone is ridiculous, let alone the time, effort and intellectual manpower required to initiate something like that when it doesn’t readily exist.

  12. Bravo to the NFL Players Union.
    Some folks don’t understand most people work under the “at will” law. That law allows employers to change certain aspects of your working conditions without your approval, unless you have a specific employer/employee contract addressing those issues or are represented by a blanket union contract.
    If the employer changes certain aspects of the conditions of your employment and you don’t have a specific employment contract and/or union contract, you must agree to the new conditions of the employer or quit.
    Many of you will say “So what? I don’t do drugs.” Well, your employer could introduce a test for high cholesterol with a standard of getting rid of those employees who are in the “high” range of bad cholesterol. Or how about an entire battery of medical tests, with the idea of getting rid of anyone whose heart, liver, kidneys, lungs are not in the “totally healthy” range. Why would employers do that? To get rid of people who could present higher health insurance costs, days off of work, etc., etc.
    So, absent a union agreement, and an employer/employee contract concerning drug/health screening/testing, who gets tested, who controls the testing, and why?
    I never understand why people get so upset about athletes using drugs when they don’t ask for daily blood tests from folks like airline pilots, police officers, doctors, heavy crane operators or politicians, etc., etc. And I’m confused by people who equate how much money you make with how often you should be required to take blood tests for performance OR mind enhancing drugs.
    The NFL is a private corporation whose employees belong to a union. They work out these union contracts, including drug testing. Yeah, NFL players make a lot of money. But their union also understands the issues of testing. I think there are a lot of NFL teams who would like to test, on a daily basis, other issues, like cholesterol, heart activity, kidney, liver, MRI joints every day, yada, yada, yada.
    The problem with blurring the lines for invasive testing is every person in a job in which their actions impact the life of another person should be tested every day. And then why can’t your employer test you every day to make sure you don’t have an upcoming health problem that might impact the bottom line?

  13. The players don’t want blood testing because 99% of NFL offensive linemen (for starters) use HGH.

  14. Initiating Blood testing is a slippery slope. Next it will be Crypt, Sex Money Murda, MS-13, the list goes on…

  15. Once more I ask, is there any proof that HGH has any more effect than a placibo?

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