Drugs won’t ever really go away in professional sports. That’s just the way the cookie crumbles.
The NFL and the NFLPA have recently tried coming to an agreement on how to enforce rules when it comes to HGH testing. In a recent press conference, league commissioner Roger Goodell pointed out the issue.
According to Pro Football Talk, Goodell said that a drug program is needed in the league.
” We have had since 2011, 104 drug-related cases. All have been heard by my designee. Had we implemented the HGH program and the other elements of our drug program from the 2011 agreement, 104 of those players would have actually gone to third-party arbitration. 21 of those would have been referred into the drug program rather than being suspended. Two other players would have faced a two-game suspension rather than a four-game suspension.”
Those are pretty striking numbers. Why is HGH testing frowned upon in the league if so many players abuse it?
There have been some changes made to the drug policy and certain things have been delayed, causing lackadaisical thoughts regarding HGH testing.
NFLPA president Eric Winston told Pro Football Talk that the program is almost finalized. But, the league is having a hard time agreeing to certain disciplinary actions.
Why is this so difficult? The league should treat HGH just like any other drug and if they choose to help players get help and overcome their problem, fine. If not, that’s on them.
They have agreed that any player who tests positive, will be subject to arbitration.
So, players, listen up. All you have to do is sign off on HGH testing so that Goodell can handle it from there. I know, it’s not that easy.
But, don’t you wish it could be?