Le’Veon Bell balks at ongoing HGH testing

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For random testing to truly be random, every player must be subject to testing at any time, with no clue as to when his number may come up. A truly random process includes the possibility that one player’s number will come up repeatedly.

That apparently has happened to Jets running back Le'Veon Bell, whose number has come up five times for HGH testing. Bell isn’t happy about that, because HGH testing requires a blood sample.

I done had 5 ‘random’ HGH blood test in 10 weeks,” Bell said on Twitter earlier this morning. “I’m not doing another after today, whatever y’all lookin for it obviously ain’t there & I’m not about to keep allowing y’all to stick me with those dirty ass needles . . . find the players who really do that HGH BS & get off me.”

Players often complain about being required to repeatedly submit to PED urine testing. The chances for HGH blood testing are even more remote, with only 40 players in the entire league being tested each week. For Bell to be tabbed five times in 10 games suggests that he should consider purchasing lottery tickets and/or visiting a casino.

Bell has every right to vent about being stuck by “dirty ass needles” (they’re probably neither dirty nor ass), but if his number comes up again and he refuses to submit, it will be regarded as a positive test and will trigger an automatic suspension.

54 responses to “Le’Veon Bell balks at ongoing HGH testing

  1. I “piss test” my 37 employees randomly, four per week. As owner, I test every week. The probabilities indicate one should be tested every tenth week. The last four digits of the ssn are drawn from a bowl by the tester. Yet, I have random employees who have been tested 6-8 times in a row and others not tested for the entire year. The same reason, I presume, that the #2 shows up a disproportionate amount in the Powerball.

  2. He is being targeted at that rate or the random is not random…Test them all week 1 Week 7 and week 15 for everything. Level the playing field why being fair.

  3. Are you a member of the Union bro? Your Union signed the CBA so shut up and take the tests whenever they tell you to take the test. If you don’t like the number of tests you’ve been getting then tell YOUR UNION to make sure there are some changes in the upcoming CBA. Until then SHUT UP and SIT DOWN

  4. winone4cleveland says:

    He is being targeted at that rate or the random is not random…Test them all week 1 Week 7 and week 15 for everything. Level the playing field why being fair.

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    The whole idea behind random drug tests is so that the players are forced to stay clean all the time.
    If you know in advance, there could be ways to circumvent the scheduled test, then start drugging the next day all the way until the next scheduled test.

  5. Poor ole’ LeVeon….the whole damn world is against him. Where’s that 1000 yard season anyway Bell??? You’re lookin’ pretty ‘average’ man!

  6. I know we are tired of “complaining millionaire athletes” but he does kind of have a point. There should be something that says you can’t be tested more than X times in Y months. That’s something he needs to take up with his players association during the next CBA negotiations.

  7. Why wouldn’t the NFL have some criteria to just draw a different name if the same guy has been picked more than X number of times over some span? That’d increase the effectiveness of the testing since more guys would be tested. If you haven’t caught a guy in X number of tests the odds are you’re not going to catch him this time around, either.

  8. It will be interesting to see if we ever find out if he has actually been tested 5 times or not. It wouldnt be the 1st time a player griped about the number bbuy actually inflated the number they gave.

  9. My first thought is that now Eric Reid can’t say the league is picking on him anymore if someone not related to protesting is getting tested alot as well.

    My second thought is then test every player once a week every week from the beginning of training camp until the day after the Superbowl that way these players that are whining about drug tests won’t have any leg to stand on.

  10. mogogo1 says:
    November 20, 2019 at 12:46 pm
    Why wouldn’t the NFL have some criteria to just draw a different name if the same guy has been picked more than X number of times over some span? That’d increase the effectiveness of the testing since more guys would be tested. If you haven’t caught a guy in X number of tests the odds are you’re not going to catch him this time around, either.
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    So anyone who just got tested could simply go out and smoke dope right after without worry of being retested?

  11. SWFLPC.INC says:
    November 20, 2019 at 11:44 am
    Good thing Peyton avoided these tests…..his numbers would have been off the charts!

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    Manning was caught stone cold cheating, but cheating owners voted to help cover it up to try to block NE from going back to another SB.

    I wonder is his HGH use AFTER testing started in 2014 will block him from the HOF like it has others who have been caught using?

    In other words, we all know players used in large numbers pre 2014, but post 2014 Manning was CAUGHT.

    He wasn’t framed, he was CAUGHT.

    Hmm.

  12. As stated above, it’s a CBA agreed upon procedure. If you don’t like it complain to your union instead of blaming your employer. But hey, I guess whatever makes you feel better.

  13. He should count himself lucky to not be an athlete for an Olympic sport. If I remember right, the testing they do there is more often, more inconvenient, and if found positive, it is a multiyear ban, not just 4 games.

  14. Isn’t he on the ‘randomly test more frequent’ list because he failed a drug test for weed multiple times and was suspended for it? Don’t like getting drug tested, maybe don’t get caught doing drugs…

  15. CBA have a limit to the number of test a player may take? How many times was Peyton tested during his career? So many questions so many sports journalist but very few questions answered. Strange.

  16. Every needle used by every phlebotomist in the last 20 years has been individually sealed. Further, they are required to put the used needle in a ‘sharps’ container immediately according to law. The NFL is too big a business to try to circumvent laws so economical to follow with such stiff penalties if violated-not to mention if a player were to contract HIV or Hep from a used needle and the nightmare that would follow.
    Point is, if your complaint is valid, there is no reason to make things up to add to your argument.

  17. The dude’s averaging what, 3 yards a carry? You don’t performance enhancers to be below average.

  18. As hard as it is to believe, I agree with Bell. Unless there are valid reasons for the non-random tests, he probably has a better than average percentage for success in court.Please note the reference to “valid reasons”.

  19. I am in favor of absolutely no testing of any kind for any substances. PED’s make the game a lot better. Want to do a line of coke at halftime? Go nuts. If you want to take them and risk the side effects, go for it.

  20. Good thing Peyton avoided these tests…..his numbers would have been off the charts!
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    Who knows, he may have gotten popped. Obviously, they should be testing Edelman much more…I mean, he has a history there, right?

  21. Didn’t Larry Allen say in his Hall of Fame Speech that after the video came out of him bench pressing 700 lbs, they tested him every week for the rest of his career? Of course it’s not completely random, LeVeon, remember they caught you smoking weed?

  22. blackqbwhiterb says:
    November 20, 2019 at 2:21 pm
    Didn’t Larry Allen say in his Hall of Fame Speech that after the video came out of him bench pressing 700 lbs, they tested him every week for the rest of his career? Of course it’s not completely random, LeVeon, remember they caught you smoking weed?
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    Blood test in the NFL is for HGH only.

  23. James Harrison was also tested multiple times a year “randomly”
    When the NFL suspects performance enhancing or recreational drugs, expect to get tested more than less

    Hey, with those odds, you should play the lottery

  24. Has anyone even been caught using hgh in the NFL? Doesn’t it clear your system in a letter of hours? Players know exactly how to beat these PED tests.

  25. Dude’s decline started in 2017 and is accelerating, but he went for $ and bad team vs winner. See how long it is before Jets admit mistake and cut. They have already admitted it by trying to trade. Just take medicine

  26. My guess is the repeated tests were either not random, but instead some kind of follow up tests or he is lying about the frequency.

    The odds of 5 tests in 10 weeks with 40 out of 1696 players being selected each week are over 1 in 600,000. It just can’t be the case.

  27. mogogo1 says:
    November 20, 2019 at 12:46 pm
    Why wouldn’t the NFL have some criteria to just draw a different name if the same guy has been picked more than X number of times over some span?
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    Because, Competency Level: NFL Front Office

  28. If he has been tested 5 times this season as he claims, the drug testing system is a shambles.
    That perhaps will explain why some players are willing to take their chance of not getting tested (and caught) .
    The process needs to be reviewed.

  29. Who knows, he may have gotten popped. Obviously, they should be testing Edelman much more…I mean, he has a history there, right?

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    Yet the league still doesn’t know he tested positive for.

  30. SWFLPC.INC says:
    November 20, 2019 at 12:55 pm
    If an organization was paying me $15M a year, they could drug test me every hour if they wanted…

    Yea, what’s your tone when you get 15M? People say stuff like this all the time. At the same time, people say money changes peoples… what makes you think you dont fall in that category?

  31. Yeah, well I done had it with athletes complaining about things that shouldn’t concern them. You are paid millions to stay clean. BooHoo!! I’d pee in a bottle everyday if I made your salary to play a kids game a couple months a year.

  32. Its simple math.I worked for the DOT and all drug testing policies usually follow fed guidelines. Yes it is random unless you do something to make it not random like fail a test or be suspect in possible cheating. Then your taken out of the pool and dealth with individually.

    The way it works is, they do not for the sake of time and money and to keep it random, test everyone in the pool. Lets say the pool is 100 people. They have a formula, we will test like 23% of the pool. So if they pull 23 names at random using a computer, you can easliy just by sheer unluck get picked.

    They do the same thing for juries. I’ve been picked 4 times and my friend who rags on me has never been chosen. Its all random.

  33. greennasty says:
    November 20, 2019 at 10:39 pm
    SWFLPC.INC says:
    November 20, 2019 at 12:55 pm
    If an organization was paying me $15M a year, they could drug test me every hour if they wanted…

    Yea, what’s your tone when you get 15M? People say stuff like this all the time. At the same time, people say money changes peoples… what makes you think you dont fall in that category?

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    Because I am smart enough to know that I am not going to use any illegal substances that would put the $15M in jeopardy. It’s really not that hard

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