NFL’s lack of WADA compliance could keep Jarryd Hayne out of Olympics

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Yes, former 49ers running back Jarryd Hayne has given up football for a shot at playing rugby for Fiji in the Olympics. No, it’s not a given Hayne will be on the team.

Apart from the fact that the coach won’t guarantee Hayne a roster spot, the World Anti-Doping Agency may not accept Hayne because of the NFL’s drug-testing program.

Via the Sydney Morning Herald, former Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency chief Richard Ings pointed out on Twitter that Hayne (and all Olympic athletes) must be in a WADA-compliant drug-testing pool for at least six months before the games. Ings specifically opined that Hayne has “no chance” of playing for Fiji in the Olympics.

Maybe, then, this is simply Hayne’s way of bowing out gracefully from the NFL, knowing deep down that he simply was never going to cement a spot on San Francisco’s 53-man roster.

14 responses to “NFL’s lack of WADA compliance could keep Jarryd Hayne out of Olympics

  1. Does the NFL have any interest in becoming World Anti-Doping Agency compliant? This would require actually banning drug cheats, instead of giving them a 4 week in season vacation, and allowing the mandatory “Adderall” excuse.

    Would be much fairer for the 99% of players who don’t do PEDs.

  2. 99% of players who don’t do PED’s? LOL ok sure keep believing that one.. Also this isn’t the NFL’s fault, and they aren’t keeping Hayne out of the olympics. He knew the rules going in, and if he didn’t then he has his own ignorance to blame

  3. “Amateur Status” is so antiquated. The Olympics is about being the BEST in the world. An Olympic Gold Medal is meant to go to the best performance from a clean athlete.

    It’s not about having bureaucratic nonsense and red tape winnowing the field down, such that the 5th best in the world gets the Gold; the 9th best gets the Silver; and the 17th best gets the Bronze.

    They royally screwed Jim Thorpe over this kind of NCAA-esque garbage. So many others too.

    Just let the best athletes in each nation perform cleanly, fairly, and on a level playing field – with no bought judges and no bureaucratic nonsense.

  4. Makes no sense too – the Olympics is in the offseason. Nate Ebner is going to complete in the Olympics and be back on the patriots Superbowl run.

    If chip really cared about his players like belichick, then he’d find a way for the young man to do both.

  5. “Would be much fairer for the 99% of players who don’t do PEDs.”

    99%? Awww….bless your heart. Here’s a quarter, if you put it under your pillow it will turn into a dollar by morning.

  6. “If chip really cared about his players like belichick, then he’d find a way for the young man to do both.”

    Hayne is a player well on the bubble. Even with a full offseason there is no guarantee that he’d make the roster. I believe that this is his way of bowing out gracefully.

  7. I know ‘other’ sports don’t exist for most, but this guy was Adrian Peterson in rugby I am amazed he wouldn’t be better than a lot of RBs if he wasn’t given mor of a chance to play regularly.

    Shame.

  8. nflrulebook says:
    May 15, 2016 11:42 PM
    Makes no sense too – the Olympics is in the offseason. Nate Ebner is going to complete in the Olympics and be back on the patriots Superbowl run.

    If chip really cared about his players like belichick, then he’d find a way for the young man to do both.
    —————————————————–

    Only 1 of those guys has spent 1 full season on the roster of an NFL team, and he’s made the team a few times and earned a new contract.

    Hayne got cut by the 49ers when their lead RB and top 3rd down RB were both out for the season. He barely made the practice squad at one point, and only got back on the active roster when everyone else was hurt, and they even brought in Ben Tate for a workout before trusting Hayne to touch the ball.

    Nate Ebner made the Patriots, several years in a row, and has a spot. It might only be special teams, but being a top teams player on a low contract is more secure than the 4th RB or backup kick returner.

    When the player has no role on the team and is competing for the 4th spot in a maximum 4-deep position group, he’s not going to make the team if he misses the off-season. Do you think the 5th RB on a lousy team has the same treatment as an Adrian Peterson.

    You do bring up 1 good point though- I was wondering: What about Nate Ebner? Doesn’t he need to be in the testing for months, too? Or will he be?

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