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As NFL, NFLPA Remain In HGH Stalemate, One Player Estimates 25% Of League Uses It
Published May 2, 2013
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A MATTER OF TRUST: ESPN's John Clayton reported “trust from the players” has been the main obstacle to implementing HGH testing. Clayton: “Going into a venture where you’re going to have blood testing, which is a very bold type of transition, they just don’t feel comfortable yet with the process." The CBA calls for testing as long as both the league and union "could agree on the process." The NFLPA is "not happy right now with the current population study information." Players want more information, and "until they feel comfortable, they’re not totally willing to agree to it.” There “may be pressure" from Congress, other players, the league and Goodell to implement a testing program, “but until they feel comfortable, they’re not giving their blood over for those tests” (“NFL Live,” ESPN, 5/1). CBS Sports Network's Doug Gottlieb said, “The right thing for the NFL to do is to let WADA or USADA in as a third party so it kind of cuts them out of it” ("Lead Off," CBSSN, 5/1).
LATEST ATTACK ON PLAYER SAFETY: ESPN's Tony Kornheiser said the NFL "need to test for HGH" in part because Goodell has based his tenure as commissioner "on player safety." Kornheiser: "You can't tell me that artificially-induced, bigger, stronger, faster players are good for player safety. If you're worried that repeated hits to the head cause brain injuries, then you can't have repeated harder hits to the head because players are on HGH." ESPN's Michael Wilbon said, "If the NFL is going to hang its hat on player safety, you can't just do it on concussions. Even this would contribute to more concussions and more severe concussions when you're talking about impact on the playing field” ("PTI," ESPN, 5/1). CBS Sports Network’s Allie LaForce said, “If the NFL wants them to be safer, wants less concussions, all of this, they can’t promote human growth hormones. They have to start testing" ("Lead Off," CBSSN, 5/1).