NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said this week that the NFL will insist that players accept blood testing for human growth hormone. Ravens receiver Derrick Mason thinks Goodell should be focusing on more important things right now.
“He needs to stop crying about blood testing and HGH — he needs to get a deal done,” Mason told Steve Davis and Ed Norris on 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore. “He to me, is just a joke.”
Mason said that he agrees with Goodell that there’s no place for performance-enhancing substances in the NFL. But he disagrees with requiring players to have blood drawn to test for HGH.
“You want to do whatever you have to do to make sure there’s not a competitive edge in this sport,” Mason said. “Blood tests? I don’t know. They’ve been crying about blood tests for the longest time. I think that’s too intrusive. There’s other ways and other methods, I think, to go about testing for it.”
On that point, Mason is wrong: There are no other methods to test for HGH, other than drawing blood. If the players want to argue that blood tests are too intrusive, they can certainly make that case, but they can’t make the case that there are other methods to test for HGH.
Mason has a point, however, that it’s suspicious for Goodell to be talking about expanding testing for performance-enhancing drugs right now. At a time when Goodell says he just wants to get a deal done, he has taken a public stance that he knows the players oppose. And Mason is expressing that opposition bluntly.