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Ochocinco exposes potential flaw

Posted on: August 22, 2010 3:43 pm
 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It started as a seemingly innocuous picture snapped by Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco of his locker. But since then, as dope testing experts have inspected the photograph, the quality of the NFL’s drug testing system has been called into question.

Here’s the photo that appeared on his Twitter feed . With a caption that reads, “Ok, why does the NFL continue to test me, all I do is piss excellence for them each time, I love these random steroid drug test,” the photo shows a typed note informing Ochocinco that he has been randomly selected to be drug tested.

To my untrained eye, nothing about the note seemed unusual. But I’m also not an expert at such matters. The New York Times found some experts to comment, and it appears that there’s a big flaw.

From the story:

The experts said such notes gave players notice of tests, removing the element of surprise, an essential part of drug testing. Players can avoid testing positive, the experts said, because they have time to dilute their urine, use a masking agent or attach a device to produce someone else’s urine.

“I cannot believe at this day and time, and after all the attention that drug testing has received, that they are doing this,” said Dr. Gary Wadler, an official of the World Anti-Doping Agency, which oversees the testing of Olympic athletes. “I just don’t believe it — it jeopardizes everything drug testing stands for.”

N.F.L. officials acknowledged on Friday that the note was authentic and said the league did not have a uniform policy for asking players to produce urine samples. The officials said that they left it up to the drug testing company they hired to collect the sample to determine how the players should be notified.


In baseball, if a player can’t produce the urine specimen, a chaperone follows him around until he can. That’s not the case in the NFL. Which could be a big problem.

“There are 53 guys on a team and we have 32 teams; that is a tremendous volume,” Adolpho Birch, the N.F.L.’s top drug testing official, told the Times. “You cannot have chaperons for every player. We have had numerous discussions and reviewed our program in detail and are comfortable with our protocols, and we do not see this as an issue.”

Many more interesting tidbits in the story. If you have a few minutes, take a look.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2012 3:26 pm
 

Ochocinco exposes potential flaw

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 1:15 pm
 

Ochocinco exposes potential flaw

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Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: August 23, 2010 9:44 am
 

Ochocinco exposes potential flaw

The NFL doens't care if the problem is fixed or not. All they care about is the perception that it's fixed. It's ok to do it, but we have to bust you if you get caught so we'll telegraph our punches so you don't get caught...




Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: August 23, 2010 9:38 am
 

Ochocinco exposes potential flaw

FOUR sticks of Dial deodorant?  Really?  Who needs that many?  Sure, Chad's profession is sports, but 4 bars?  That's prescription anti-perspirant territory if he needs that many bars.  Go see a doctor, you have a problem with your pits. It's body wash...



Since: Oct 30, 2007
Posted on: August 23, 2010 9:15 am
 

Ochocinco exposes potential flaw

Or maybe grifter should take an elementary school spelling class and learn that “your self” is actually spelled “yourself,” so as to not make yourself look like an idiot!




Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: August 23, 2010 7:05 am
 

Ochocinco exposes potential flaw

Adolpho Birch, the N.F.L.’s top drug testing official, told the Times. "You cannot have chaperons for every player." Uhm, here's the thing, Adolpho (cool name!).... you don't need a chaperon for every player, cause you're not testing all of them at once. If you test one player per team every day, you need one chaperon. If you test two or three of them, you still only need one chaperon; you just test them at different times. Seriously, with all the money involved, you can't afford 32 chaperons?



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: August 23, 2010 2:37 am
 

Ochocinco exposes potential flaw

Simpler method is to ask them to apppear for a blood sample.  Its much tougher to get stuff out of your blood stream, and there is no such thing as a time you cannot produce a blood sample if you are alive. (and dead or ex players can get as high as they want as long as johnny law doesnt catch them)  But if they insist on hair and urine samples then the tester should just show up, and remain with the person until either 1) the person to be tested can unrinate on his own or 2) agrees to be catheterized to extracdt it directly.  (by the way icky and ouchy and noone would volunteer for that one twice).  Personally I think the only random part of the drug test should be what day this week will they ask for the sample.



Since: Jul 17, 2009
Posted on: August 23, 2010 2:08 am
 

Ochocinco exposes potential flaw

HOF piss



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: August 23, 2010 12:31 am
 

Ochocinco exposes potential flaw

This is terrible. The NFL and its hired company says they cannot chaperone. When I was in the Army it was simple. We all stayed in a room until we could pee. Whether it be 30 mins or 4 hours. We were forced to drink a portion of water. We were chaperoned into the bathroom and pissed in the cup in front of a meat gazer. Too easy the NFL gave a PISSPOOR excuse, they really dont care about it. To them the steroid testing is just an added expense so they find an adequate testing company to do the job, then have no say in the practice of it. Completely reckless and people should be held accountable. HOOAH



Since: Aug 22, 2010
Posted on: August 22, 2010 9:44 pm
 

Ochocinco exposes potential flaw

I think Chad has watched "Talladega Nights," one too many times and was using a tongue in cheek quote frpm Ricky Bobby, aka Will Ferrell. He  says he just stays at home and watches movies and plays video games. We will see if the Ocho-T.O. combo can keep the Bengals moving in the right direction.


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