Posted January 28, 2013

Congress warns NFL players may be called to testify about HGH

The NFL and NFLPA are in hot water with the U.S. Congress over lack of progress on HGH testing. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

The NFL and NFLPA are in hot water with the U.S. Congress over lack of progress on HGH testing. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

In a letter sent to NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith, members of the United States Congress and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform warned the NFL that their players may be called to testify about human growth hormone testing.

The NFL and NFLPA agreed on August 4, 2011 to start testing for HGH. The Committee says progress toward testing has been “nonexistent” and that the league has “fallen far behind its counterparts in implementing the agreement,” despite being the first professional sports league to implement testing for its players.

The letter asks NFLPA to provide documents and other information, including the NFLPA’s most recent proposal for HGH testing and information regarding any proposals exchanged between the NFL and the NFLPA during meetings, no later than Feb. 8.  Those meetings were planned for last week and it is not clear if they took place.

“We are disappointed with the NFLPA’s remarkable recalcitrance, which has prevented meaningful progress on this issue,” Representatives Darrell Issa (R-Cal.) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said in the letter to the NFL Players Association.  “We intend to take a more active role to determine whether the position you have taken — that HGH is not a serious concern and that the test for HGH is unreliable — is consistent with the beliefs of rank and file NFL players.”

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IMO at least 50% of all NFL players are on some sort of PED and it's likely HGH is the drug of choice since it is, under current rules, virtually undetectable.  To catch a user you need to do blood tests so VOILA!

tom111 1 Like

I know some people hate it when congress gets involved in this stuff but I like it. The rate at which our children are starting steriods is unbelievable and it starts with our athletes, their role models.


 @tom111 I'm fine with it, in general I am FOR the legalization of drugs but with PEDs....if you allow it you're forcing athletes who do not want to use to *have* to partake in order to remain in the various leagues.  There are likely some who would still be employed but they'd eventually succumb to injuries trying to stay competitive which has happened things like competitive cycling.