Congress increases pressure on NFL, NFLPA for HGH testing

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Weeks after the NFL and NFLPA agreed that, under the new labor deal, annual and random blood testing will occur for HGH, no testing procedure has been implemented.  And Congress continues to apply more and more pressure to the parties.

On August 25, Fred Upton (R-Mich.) pressed the league and the union to launch HGH testing by the start of the regular season.  Three days ago, on the first day of the regular season, Henry  Waxman (D-Ca.) echoed Upton’s concerns.

“I urge you to work together to put in place an independent and effective testing regime without further delay,” Waxman wrote, “so that testing may begin as soon as possible during the 2011 season.”

PFT has obtained a copy of the letter.  Portions of it have appeared in various published reports.

The NFL wants to use the World Anti-Doping Agency’s testing procedure.  The NFLPA claims that more information is needed.  Like Upton, Waxman tends to side with the league.

“While blood testing for HGH involves a relatively new technique, there are virtually no questions about the scientific credibility of this testing methodology,” Waxman wrote.  “The test is approved and used by the World Anti-Doping Agency, has been used for Olympic testing, and earlier this month was used in the United States to identify a professional athlete using the drug.”

Neither Upton nor Waxman have specified the “or else,” but they don’t have to.  Eventually, Congress will impose a testing requirement on the NFL and the NFLPA, if the NFL and the NFLPA don’t implement one on their own.  And once the process leaves the control of the parties, there’s a chance that no one will like the specifics of the final product.

30 responses to “Congress increases pressure on NFL, NFLPA for HGH testing

  1. Congress’ solution would be to ban all medical use of HGH with no sight of medical benefits… it’s been done before.

    I’d be interested in the half-life of HGH or the testing period in which it can be “detected” within the body after use.

    Congress has no place for this…

  2. Why should congress care? Last time I checked the economy wasnt ruined because there was no hgh testing

  3. Congress has no business sticking thier nose in this!!! I hate the way our gov has more problems than they can begin 2 solve, but they have time 4 this.

  4. Great news. And it’s about time. One of two things will happen this year. Either Clay Matthews will be suspended or, if he lays off the juice, he’ll finish with 5-7 sacks (at most).

  5. Maybe they should keep their focus in one place right now….. The state of our beautiful COUNTRY,

  6. i think congress should worry about something like… maybe the economy? and not sports.. ridiculous. im for testing but this is so ridiculous. with all the problems our country has theyre worried about this? we need to vote every single one of them out of there. dirty stinking rotten politicians

  7. So Congress, don’t you have more important issues than sticking your noses into a game of football? Maybe actually hold some of wall street and the major banks accountable instead of getting involved with sports…

  8. Couple more thoughts?

    -Is there actually a member of Congress that is qualified to make any scientific information on this matter? – Seems as though any literature their reading on HGH, whether it be use, testing, or effects will be bias to say the least.

    -Is there a member of Congress that would speak out against this? – Probably not… which is why it’s a problem that won’t go away because nobody wants to be the “Pro-HGH” individual and have it bit them in the next election.

  9. this issue will guarantee his re-election and give him two more years with a rubber stamp congress…..

    I have a franchise qb in if you believe that.

  10. NFL should pressure Congress for IQ tests.

    GET YOUR DARN NOSES OUT OF SPORTS! Clean up your act first then maybe you can talk.

    Wish there was some way to start with a clean slate of congressmen. Voting doesn’t seem to help.

  11. ooops11 says: Sep 11, 2011 5:57 PM

    “-Is there actually a member of Congress that is qualified to make any scientific information on this matter?”

    Most of them don’t believe in science at all.
    They do however think the earth is only 6000 years old, and that it all began with two naked people in a garden, with a talking snake.

  12. Typical Republican… They claim they want “less government”. But here they are advocating the government “take over” of the NFL drug testing.

  13. @3octavefart
    yeah it’s the current congress’ fault that our president is the most radical left wing nut case socialist this country has ever elected. gotta blame somebody for his failures though right? gotta be bush and the evil republicans again

  14. keeponhating says:
    Sep 11, 2011 7:46 PM
    @3octavefart
    yeah it’s the current congress’ fault that our president is the most radical left wing nut case socialist this country has ever elected. gotta blame somebody for his failures though right? gotta be bush and the evil republicans again
    ——
    It’s funny cuz Obama actually has been moving to the right waaaaay too much lately and is not even the shell of the man that was elected. He is basically a war mongering republican who will have the major banks finance his 2012 campaign after he let’s them off with zero accountability to the current global financial crisis.

  15. What is the overwhelming concern Congress has with whether one employer tests their employees for a banned substance?

    I really don’t see it. They’ve passed whatever laws they feel they need to on PEDs. The NFL isn’t part of the executive branch, so they shouldn’t be tasked with helping to enforce those laws as quasi-deputized reps. They want a private organization to force as much random testing of banned substances as possible because it is legal for such an organization to do it, but not for the government to do it.

    I swear, if a players random testing ever got used in a court of law, I’d love to see his lawyer argue that it is inadmissible because of how much of testing has been put in place due to threats by Congress to remove the anti-trust exemptions of the sports organizations.

  16. minnesotablizzard says:
    Sep 11, 2011 10:18 PM

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    You nailed it on the head. Apparently Obama thinks the word ‘compromise’ means roll over like a dog and completely abandon the principles that got you elected in the first place. If he wants a sports metaphor, how about ‘one & done’?

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