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Congressmen request hearings on HGH impasse

Posted on: October 25, 2011 2:16 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2011 9:42 pm
 
The battle between the union and NFL over HGH might get a whole lot more interesting.

Three Congressmen are now requesting that the Committee on Energy and Commerce hold public hearings on the continuing impasse between the union and NFL on how to implement HGH testing.

CBSSports.com has obtained the letter from Congressmen Henry Waxman, the ranking member of the committee; G.K. Butterfield, the ranking member of the subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade; and Bobby Rush, another member of the Energy and Commerce committee.

The end result of hearings could be owner and NFL officials being hauled back into Washington and explaining why no agreement on how to implement HGH testing has been reached. The NFL maintains the union is delaying testing while the union says it has serious concerns on how such a test would be implemented.

This is potentially pretty big news.

"We are writing to request that the Committee hold hearings on the continued impasse between the NFL and the NFL Players' Association (NFLPA) that has resulted in the failure to begin testing for human growth hormone," the letter states in part. "Earlier this year, the league and the players' association announced that under their new collective bargaining agreement, they would begin testing for HGH during the 2011 season. But testing has not yet started, with the NFLPA continuing to raise questions about the scientific validity of the test."

The letter adds: "Committee hearings will allow us to learn about these issues, hearing from top scientists about the validity of HGH testing and from the NFL and the NFLPA about the extent of HGH use in the league and their plans for testing to eliminate such use."

"We urge you," the letter finishes, "to hold hearings on this issue as soon as possible."

Translation to all of this: we want whomever is delaying this to bring their butts to D.C. and explain in hearings why they're delaying.


Category: NFL
Tags: HGH
 
Comments

Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 5:18 pm
 

Congressmen request hearings on HGH impasse

Really? Doesn't Congress have more important issues to attend to? Defecit, healthcare, unemployment, homeless, Citytime costing more than 700 million over the expected cost (in NY), the war we conitnue to fight over seas just to name a few... No, they want to talk about HGH in the NFL. I will settle it for them right now. If the NFL tests for HGH, there is no more NFL. the majority of good athletes will be suspended and the teams will not be able to fill their rosters with athletes of NFL quality, that we all love every Sunday and Monday. Move on to your next agenda. There are more important things for you to do than ruin the NFL.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 4:25 pm
 

Congressmen request hearings on HGH impasse

It's clearly stated on ESPN's article repording this story that the congressmen are Democrats.







Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 4:24 pm
 

Congressmen request hearings on HGH impasse

Actually genius, the specific congressmen mentioned in the article as requesting the hearing are democrats...



Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2011 3:36 pm
 

Congressmen request hearings on HGH impasse

Hey Congress, let's fix what's wrong with the country and keep your nose out of sports!!



Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2011 3:33 pm
 

Congressmen request hearings on HGH impasse

WHY WORRY ABOUT HGH SO OUR KID'S WONT DO THEM AT THIS PACE OUR KID ARE GOING TO BE BANK ROBBERS CAUSE CONGRESS CAN'T GET THERE  HEAD OUT OF THERE A,S AND GET THIS COUNTRY IN ORDER WORRY ABOUT THAT AND LEAVE SPORT ALONE YOU MIGHT F THAT UP TO



Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2011 2:51 pm
 

Congressmen request hearings on HGH impasse

Congress needs to keep out of MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL, amongst others. Let's kick Congress out of D.C., since they seem to worry more about everything but getting their heads out of their collective, self-entitled, asses and getting our country back on track. Instead, they worry about HGH, steriods, liars (look who's calling the kettle....) and basing every decision on getting re-elected.



Since: Jul 30, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 2:27 pm
 

Congressmen request hearings on HGH impasse

Headline should read "Americans request hearings on bribes, Kickbacks, and infidelity in Congress". Talk about the Fox and the henhouse!!!




Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 11:28 am
 

Congressmen request hearings on HGH impasse

How about getting the troops home, creating jobs and getting our country back on track. Who cares if NFL players are using HGH. Stop grandstanding and holding meetings about nothing and get some sh*t done
Yea man, well said! Congress stop wasting taxpayer money and resources on sh*t that isn't that important in the bigger picture! No onevoted for their congress person saying, "I sure hope they look into that NFL situation".




Since: Apr 3, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:34 am
 

Congressmen request hearings on HGH impasse

Because Democrats don't have anything better to do I suppose when they aren't demagoguing the hell out of everything.

Meanwhile, the Democrat Senate hasn't passed a budget in 3 years.

Priorities.



Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 9:50 am
 

Congressmen request hearings on HGH impasse

Actually you should probably educate yourself before you begin name calling.  Waxman D-CA, Butterfield D-NC, Rush D, IL. 
And there are more important issues Congress should be concerning themselves with besides the business of sports.


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