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Goodell letter to Congress

Posted on: October 20, 2011 5:38 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2011 7:13 pm
 
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday wrote a letter to Congressional leaders continuing to express his desire for HGH testing.

Goodell met with Darrell Issa and Elijah Cummings to discuss an HGH testing program. The league wants to start testing immediately while the union has expressed concern for fairness in the process. The two sides have reached a stalemate.

Goodell's letter, a copy of which was obtained by CBSSports.com, is another step in the ongoing battle between the two sides.

A copy of the letter is here.

The top of letter reads as follows. The letter is presented without comment.
 
"I want to express my thanks for your time last Friday and for your strong support of the National Football League's efforts to begin testing our players for human growth hormone. The NFL respects the historical role that your committee has played in supporting effective drug testing programs in profesional sports. As I said last Friday -- and as the NFL has made clear for decades -- we share your belief that these programs are essential to preserve the integrity of competition on the field, protect the health and safety of athletes, and perhaps most important, set the right example for athletes at all levels, especially youth athletes. Professional football must be free of performance-enhancing drugs and our testing regimen must be implemented fairly and be based on the best available science."

The letter continued: "As we discussed last week, the NFL agrees with the dozens of scientists, toxicoligists and other experts around the world who have concluded that human growth hormone testing is reliable, safe and accurate. In fact, there are no experts in this field who state otherwise and nothing we presented to you last week that would call into question the validity or reliability of the tests used in the Olympics and many other sports (including minor league baseball). This is true both as a general matter and as the test would apply to professional football players. As we noted, the NFLPA speciafically proposed random testing for HGH and mandatory suspensions for players who test positive..."

The letter continues with Goodell making a number of other points to back the league's contention that HGH testing is fair and accurate and should be started soon.

Category: NFL
Tags: HGH
 
Comments

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 12:26 pm
 

Goodell letter to Congress

I really enjoy the contributions of the constitutional scholars who respond to these stories with their well researched cooments.  Individual rights?  What are individual rights?  I re-read the Bill of Rights and could not find anything about random drug testing.  Sorry Mensa members, the fourth amendment does not apply because probable cause has already been established as a number of athletes has been shown to use illegal substances.  Mr Goodell's letter clearly states that the NFLPA, the NFL and the two members of congress committed to the six points listed in the letter.  The players are looking to run out the clock and hope that people won't care about PEDs and judging by the thesis advanced here, some fans are drinking the kool-aid.
A positive result does not result in arrest or other restricted freedoms.  A player with a positive test will not lose the right to vote, the right to assemble, the right to bear arms or the right to self-incriminate.   A positive test results in fines and suspensions, these are sanctions that do not afford undue hardship on the dishonest players who test positive.  The protocols are accepted by the Olympics.
If the NFLPA is backing out on a negotiated agreement, that is where you guys should put forward the gutless move by the NFLPA, not on congress and not on the NFL.
It is clear the NFLPA is a bunch of cowards who fear a commissioner who keeps his word and does not let offenders slide with a slap or with no sanction.  They prefer the commissioner would be a puppet like Paul Tagliabue who essentially let the owners police their own teams, an obvious conflict of interest.  If you don't want to be tested, don't use PEDs or just resign from the NFL.  There are plenty of lesser leagues that will overlook your horrid indiscretions.
No one said they don't have the legal authority to steal our rights from us, Scalia and company has seen to that.  But to deny that choosing what one wants to do isn't a liberty and personal right is absurd.  If you actually looked in the Bill of Rights to find drug testing then I must question your credibility on any topic.

Look, it is apparent you love Big Government.  No one is even arguing that the league doesn't have the right to drug test it's players, but to seek a government mandate is just too much for me. Unnecessary power grab...



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 12:20 pm
 

Goodell letter to Congress

SWF ... The NFL is not/has not/and never asked the government to be involved. The government called them in to discuss the illegal drug use by NFL players. The government is forcing the NFL to do the testing because the use of these drugs is against the law. The NFL has long said they want less government interferance.
Yeah, maybe read the article.

It clearly states, "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday wrote a letter to Congressional leaders continuing to express his desire for HGH testing."

Now who contacted whom?



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 12:12 pm
 

Goodell letter to Congress

skreffty ..... Please explain how its some ones right to break the law and not be punished for it? Explain how a drug test for an illegal substance is "hating individual rights".  Now after you do that prove that the owners are "mostly republican".  Perhaps you do not know 61% of the top 500 richest in America are democrats.  Heck I have not checked yet, but I will check each owners polical affiliation. and I would wager a few thousand dollars that between 17 and 21 owners are democrat before checking.

The players union agreed with the NFL and congressmen while in a congressional hearing and so much so that when they came out of the meeting said so publically.  They all agreed there needed to be drug testing for HGH.  What changed from that time to just a few hours later??? I can tell you, there were players calling to complaine because they are using and do not want to be discovered. That is the only reason the players union would do a 360 in just a few hours.

People tested the lehality of the drug testing policies at thier jobs and it went all the way to the Supreme Court where the justices said that testing for illegal drugs was not a violation of any amendment. People tested the legality of alcohol testing by breathe and blood and that too was found to be legal by same court.  Drug testing for HGH is not a violation of anyones rights, it is not your "right" to violate a law in order to gain from that violation. 

I guess the players need congress to pass a law saying all people who have jobs in the USA are subject to HGH testing.
jltexas, the poster boy for Bigger Government, more powerful government, and always more rules and regulations. 

Sigh, I miss the free market before corporate welfare crushed small business.

Just because some random guy being paid by the liquor companies decided less harmful substances should be illegal doesn;t mean that a right has not been taken from us.  So many want to tell us what we can and can't do, who can and can't get married, what we can and can't do with our bodies, what we can and can't read.  So many fighting to be more like Iran, I just don't get it.

Where does it end?



Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2011 12:06 pm
 

Goodell letter to Congress

Although I don't believe the government should be in control of all aspects of our lives, this is the only way this testing will ever get done. Cheaters don't want to give up their big pay days. The players association protects the cheaters. This should have been included in the collective bargaining agreement. For me, I want to watch the best team of exceptional athletes. I have no desire to watch the best group of cheaters.

If a player is caught one time they should lose their job, be banned from the sport, lose all shot at the Hall of Fame, and have any individual records they might have set expunged. I don't need any excuses about how hard their lives are or were. Maybe then our high school kids wouldn't be looking for that edge that might convince them to cheat to get there.

I thought Goodell expressed the reasons for it quite well. We want drugs out of football and the poor example gone from in front of our children.



Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:50 am
 

Goodell letter to Congress

Football is big business, and being such it has the same requirements as other businesses in this country.  People have the right to a safe work environment.  Could you imagine jobs where regular workers got injured with the severity and frequency of NFL players?  The NFL has always gotten a free pass from government.  On labor and health and safety, all of those issues fall under Congress's umbrella.

It's pretty simple, either you side with the players who are doing it clean, or you side with the guys who are cheating.  The guys doing it clean face a real risk of injury because of the performance advantages the guys taking drugs.  The guys who are cheating feel entitled to the money and lifestyle that NFL stars have and don't care how they get there.  It has become like a medical proving grounds.  They make drugs to increase performance, then make tests to detect them, then they find countermeasures to the tests.  Why the heck do they do all of that?  Big money, if one issue will wreck the NFL, this will be it.  Buying your way to a title is very uninspired.  This entitlement is the same issue MLB had in the 90's, steroid issue.  They chose on the side of the cheaters, and I believe it is a major contributor to the decline of the sport.  The NFL needs to choose the right side of this, the clean side.




Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:38 am
 

Goodell letter to Congress

SWF ... The NFL is not/has not/and never asked the government to be involved. The government called them in to discuss the illegal drug use by NFL players. The government is forcing the NFL to do the testing because the use of these drugs is against the law. The NFL has long said they want less government interferance. 



Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: October 21, 2011 9:04 am
 

Goodell letter to Congress

How does ANY of this  have anything to do with Congress?
It's the NFL. Howcome they can't get things done with zero congressional involvement???
What a waste of time and money. And irrelevant involvement.



Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2011 8:47 am
 

Goodell letter to Congress

Real Simple. If you are caught doing ANY kind of enhancement drugs that the NFL finds illegal. You are done. Bannished from the NFL. No payday, no past go.

I really wish people would stop looking at Daddy government for every single problem they may have.

Government has no business being involved in the NFL's business.

I don't blame Congress. I blame the moron Goodell who is just destroying this once great game.



Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 3:13 am
 

Goodell letter to Congress

skreffty ..... Please explain how its some ones right to break the law and not be punished for it? Explain how a drug test for an illegal substance is "hating individual rights".  Now after you do that prove that the owners are "mostly republican".  Perhaps you do not know 61% of the top 500 richest in America are democrats.  Heck I have not checked yet, but I will check each owners polical affiliation. and I would wager a few thousand dollars that between 17 and 21 owners are democrat before checking.

The players union agreed with the NFL and congressmen while in a congressional hearing and so much so that when they came out of the meeting said so publically.  They all agreed there needed to be drug testing for HGH.  What changed from that time to just a few hours later??? I can tell you, there were players calling to complaine because they are using and do not want to be discovered. That is the only reason the players union would do a 360 in just a few hours.

People tested the lehality of the drug testing policies at thier jobs and it went all the way to the Supreme Court where the justices said that testing for illegal drugs was not a violation of any amendment. People tested the legality of alcohol testing by breathe and blood and that too was found to be legal by same court.  Drug testing for HGH is not a violation of anyones rights, it is not your "right" to violate a law in order to gain from that violation. 

I guess the players need congress to pass a law saying all people who have jobs in the USA are subject to HGH testing.




Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 1:02 am
 

Goodell letter to Congress

I really enjoy the contributions of the constitutional scholars who respond to these stories with their well researched cooments.  Individual rights?  What are individual rights?  I re-read the Bill of Rights and could not find anything about random drug testing.  Sorry Mensa members, the fourth amendment does not apply because probable cause has already been established as a number of athletes has been shown to use illegal substances.  Mr Goodell's letter clearly states that the NFLPA, the NFL and the two members of congress committed to the six points listed in the letter.  The players are looking to run out the clock and hope that people won't care about PEDs and judging by the thesis advanced here, some fans are drinking the kool-aid.
A positive result does not result in arrest or other restricted freedoms.  A player with a positive test will not lose the right to vote, the right to assemble, the right to bear arms or the right to self-incriminate.   A positive test results in fines and suspensions, these are sanctions that do not afford undue hardship on the dishonest players who test positive.  The protocols are accepted by the Olympics.
If the NFLPA is backing out on a negotiated agreement, that is where you guys should put forward the gutless move by the NFLPA, not on congress and not on the NFL.
It is clear the NFLPA is a bunch of cowards who fear a commissioner who keeps his word and does not let offenders slide with a slap or with no sanction.  They prefer the commissioner would be a puppet like Paul Tagliabue who essentially let the owners police their own teams, an obvious conflict of interest.  If you don't want to be tested, don't use PEDs or just resign from the NFL.  There are plenty of lesser leagues that will overlook your horrid indiscretions.


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