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SBD/November 11, 2011/Leagues and Governing Bodies
NFL To Host Drug Testing Conference; NFLPA Submits New Proposal For HGH Testing
Published November 11, 2011
NEW PROPOSAL: The AP reported the NFLPA Thursday proposed conducting a "study of players that accurately reflects the natural level of HGH in their systems." The union has "claimed its players might have a higher natural level of human growth hormone than the general population, and it also has balked at testing procedures approved by" WADA that the NFL has recommended. Under Thursday's proposal, the union said independent scientists, medical professionals and arbitrators "will provide independent expertise at each step to ensure achieving the goals of a drug-free game and due process for the men who play the game." A league spokesperson Thursday said of the union's suggestion, "The proposal is deficient in numerous respects and consistent with the NFLPA's ongoing strategy to delay testing as long as possible" (AP, 11/10).