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Goodell: HGH testing is coming to NFL

Posted on: April 4, 2011 12:13 pm
Edited on: April 4, 2011 12:25 pm
 
Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Commissioner Roger Goodell told the Baltimore Sun today that the NFL is going to insist that HGH testing be part of the next CBA and that it was discussed in labor negotiation meetings with the NFLPA before the lockout ended all talks.

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“The integrity of the NFL is critical,” Goodell said after he spoke to 700 Baltimore-area high school football players about performance-enhancing drugs (and about how drugs are bad, mmkay). “We have to make sure that we’re doing everything possible to have the best drug program in sports. Making changes to our program is critical. We have done that over the years and we have to do more, including the inclusion of HGH testing.”

Goodell wouldn’t say how the players reacted to that – though they’ve been uninterested in HGH testing in the past because that would require a blood test, rather than simply a urine test – but he also said the NFLPA knows the importance of doing it.

“You always have to modify your testing program to stay ahead of the people who are going to cheat the system,” he said. “We would be naïve to think that people aren’t going to cheat the system. But we have to have the best drug testing program to be able to offset it.”

It’s interesting to ponder how much of a wedge issue that might have been between the owners and the players, because we didn’t really hear anything about it before today. It probably landed somewhere between how to split up the $9 billion and how to split up the $9 billion.

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Comments

Since: Dec 11, 2010
Posted on: April 4, 2011 10:27 pm
 

Goodell: HGH testing is coming to NFL

Good, it's about time. I want to see a clean game.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2011 6:57 pm
 

Goodell: HGH testing is coming to NFL

What makes me disrespect unions so much is that they would even take a stand against this kind of testing.  They have been fighting performance enhancing testing for decades.  So which is more important to the union: the long term health of the union, or the short term money making ability of marginal players who might not be able to cut it in the NFL otherwise?  Obviously, it's the short term money.  Which means the union is about money, not about protecting the players.



Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: April 4, 2011 4:29 pm
 

Goodell: HGH testing is coming to NFL

Some inject steroids so they must not be that afraid of needles.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2011 2:54 pm
 

Goodell: HGH testing is coming to NFL

I'm not shocked by all this!  However, I do find it strange that the owners are bringing up the issue now when they should've done this before.  They think they could use it as a bargaining chip in negotations with the players.  On the other hand, I haven't yet to hear the union's response concerning the HGH testing.  I'm still on the union's side, though.
It's not the owners bringing it up anyway...It was Goodell at a high school talking about the perils of drugs.....the media just ran it because there is nothing else happening in the NFL until the big court date. 



Since: Mar 28, 2011
Posted on: April 4, 2011 2:11 pm
 

Goodell: HGH testing is coming to NFL

I'm not shocked by all this!  However, I do find it strange that the owners are bringing up the issue now when they should've done this before.  They think they could use it as a bargaining chip in negotations with the players.  On the other hand, I haven't yet to hear the union's response concerning the HGH testing.  I'm still on the union's side, though.
Actually, the owners have brought this issue up numerous times over the years. The players keep refusing, because they want to keep roiding it up instead of following silly things like rules. The union, of course, doesn't want their idiots to have to follow rules, so they continually shoot the NFL's reasonable proposals down. Just like other unions, their existance is a bane to society, a way into socialism that nobody wants. Unions want to put companies out of business by forcing them to share all their profits with their employees, instead of the fair wages and benefits that employees should get. BAN UNIONS!!!



Since: Aug 21, 2007
Posted on: April 4, 2011 2:08 pm
 

Goodell: HGH testing is coming to NFL

You won't hear a response from the union because there supposedly isn't a union.  They decertified, remember? 



Since: Oct 8, 2007
Posted on: April 4, 2011 1:54 pm
 

Goodell: HGH testing is coming to NFL

I'm not shocked by all this!  However, I do find it strange that the owners are bringing up the issue now when they should've done this before.  They think they could use it as a bargaining chip in negotations with the players.  On the other hand, I haven't yet to hear the union's response concerning the HGH testing.  I'm still on the union's side, though.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: April 4, 2011 1:52 pm
 

Goodell: HGH testing is coming to NFL

YOU MESS WITH THE BULL YOU GET THE HORNS!




Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2011 1:10 pm
 

Goodell: HGH testing is coming to NFL

"though they’ve been uninterested in HGH testing in the past because that would require a blood test, rather than simply a urine test"  WHAT? Are the players scared of needles?   They need Olympic type testing, get everyone off the stuff and there will be fewer injuries.



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