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USA Today Editorial Board/NFLPA Debate Over HGH Testing

The debate over HGH testing in the NFL is the topic of USA TODAY’s Opinion page, with the publication’s editorial board noting the growing number of 300-pound players in the NFL and the league's lack of HGH testing. The editorial takes issue with the NFLPA saying that it has "thrown up obstacles" in the implementation of an HGH testing program that was agreed to in the last CBA, stating, "Stalling is particularly unseemly for the union, whose greatest concern ought to be protecting the safety of its members" (USA TODAY, 12/28).

NFLPA Assistant Exec Dir of External Affairs George Atallah penned the counterpoint and highlights WADA's repeated refusals to share scientific data related to HGH testing. Atallah writes, "18 months after the agreement was signed, players have seen neither an independent scientific review nor an opportunity to establish a fair due process that is rooted in that science. So who are the obstructionists?" (USA TODAY, 12/28).
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