League, union strike tentative deal on hGH appeals

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The good news?  One of the major obstacles between the NFL, NFLPA, and a new drug policy has been tentatively cleared.

The bad news?  At least one other big one remains.

Per a league source, a tentative agreement has been reached on the lingering-for-months dispute over the question of whether discipline for PED and hGH violations arising from something other than a positive test would be appealed via third-party arbitration or to Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The union has wanted third-party arbitration, since appeals for positive PED/hGH tests would be handled that way under the new deal.  The league has preferred that Goodell to retain the power that he currently has over discipline imposed in BALCO/Biogenesis-style cases.

Per the source, a form of neutral arbitration will be used, if the tentative agreement becomes an actual one.

But now the primary impediment has become the league’s request that it be able to impose a suspension for player DUI arrests before the legal case is resolved.  (So much for “due process.”)  It’s a non-starter for the NFLPA, and it’s an issue the league should quickly abandon, if it truly wants to get a deal done sooner than later.

Even Colts owner Jim Irsay (have you heard that the NFL held him to a higher standard?) wasn’t disciplined until his legal case ended.  While certain violations of the personal-conduct policy would be sufficiently severe to justify action before litigation has ended, first-offense DUI cases not involving injury or death should be permitted to percolate through the proper channels.

Ultimately, the player can win the case, attacking one of the various potential flaws that can arise in DUI investigations, from the legality of the stop to the implementation of field-sobriety testing to the accuracy of the breath test to other issues that could result in the case being dismissed or the player being acquitted at trial.

22 responses to “League, union strike tentative deal on hGH appeals

  1. johnnyjagfan says:
    Sep 6, 2014 11:13 AM
    Wow. So much for innocent until proven guilty.

    Do you not understand the difference between the government and a private company?

  2. Guilty til proven innocent. Has been that way for years in our gov’t that wishes to take more freedoms from us. I’m a total NFL Packers fan & believe Goodell doesn’t need this much power. Players were polled & majority said they would agree to HGh testing if their contracts were guaranteed like MLB.

  3. I see why the league wants this, I also see why the players wanna delay. I think there should be a choice. If the player wants to delay then if found guilty they punishment is more severe. Let it be like the player betting on their own innocence. This way they won’t be delaying to delay.

  4. Btw all of you in a fit over this “unfair” Policy. Need to understand that this is the owners company basically. So the players need to get in line with what the owners want. Just as we all fall in line with our jobs. The problem is that people think that because there is a union it somehow means that the company can’t dictate how they do business. Which is exactly why unions are pointless today. That’s not their role in today’s world. Negotiate pay scale, seniority, perks, and punishment procedure. It’s not about being “fair” it’s not about being “equal”.

    You do yourself a disservice by thinking in those terms.

    And remember they union fought hard for easier practices and less contact with coaches. Maybe had they not did that could have drilled down on punishments.

    And why is the union so worried about the guys who aren’t living right? How many members are playing by the rules? Why aren’t they being favored by the union?

    Because the union doesn’t care about members. That’s today’s unions in America.

  5. In DUI cases you are always guilty first. You are jailed, possibly losing your job. Your vehicle is impounded at no small cost for up to 30 days. THEN you get a trial. If found not guilty you don’t get the time served back. You don’t get the money back for impound, and you don’t get your job back. America.

  6. If you want an union great, if not, great. Don’t try to dictate what someone else should do to meet you ideas. Bill

  7. This reminds me of when that snake working for the owners “DeMaurice Smith” pretended to be representing the players and “negotiated” a deal that gave the owners everything they wanted, like cutting the rookie deals to a fraction to “pay older players” while keep the salary cap flat and cutting all the “old players”.

    Welcome to the age of greed. Where the biggest scum wear nice suits and smile to your mother while going in her pocket.

  8. The fans need a Union! We are the only ones not represented here, and since we pay the bills, why shouldn’t we have a voice!!


  9. Isn’t the last paragraph a possibility for every infraction? Everyone who is ever accused has the chance to get aquitted through a trial or technicality. So the article is basically saying that the NFL should never have dicipline against a player unless there is a conviction!

    I don’t know of any other business where management has to wait for a legal conviction before taking action on their own. And it shouldn’t be the case for the NFL. Let them make the standards of conduct to play in THEIR league. If the players don’t like them, go play in Canada.

  10. Or start your own league like the thousands of small business owners who are their own bosses.

  11. It seems to me that coachbeck would be very comfortable in a place like the former Soviet Union.
    Stay in line, keep your mouth shut, do what the boss tells you and accept whatever little pay the boss thinks you’re worth. Living the American Dream.

  12. vltrophy14 says:
    Sep 6, 2014 11:41 AM

    Guilty til proven innocent. Has been that way for years in our gov’t that wishes to take more freedoms from us. I’m a total NFL Packers fan & believe Goodell doesn’t need this much power. Players were polled & majority said they would agree to HGh testing if their contracts were guaranteed like MLB.


  13. Its a privilege to play in NFL..not a RIGHT..abide by the rules and be a decent freaking person and not cheat and do drugs..is that so hard….well I guess it is for some of these braindead..money hungry morons

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