I did have the chance to listen to portions of the hearings. I was not impressed. Respresentatives did ask some good questions, but didn't seem to press real hard when the answers from both men seemed to beat around the bush, and no one does that better then Mr. Fehr. He seemed more defensive when certain questions posed. Why wer players given 3 chances to cheat?" Out came the "bush running" and Fehr circled it like a caged animal.
Not sure who asked the question of "what do we do to fix this", but one answer was to educate the players. How about the "DON'T DO ILLEGAL DRUGS". Enough said, we are not dealing with 5 yr olds. This is how it should be, first time cheat: one year suspension. Second time cheat: lifetime suspension. If you don't understand how long that is just ask Pete Rose.
The punishment in place now is ridiculous. Explain to me why Mike Cameron, who in his words failed a second test only got a 25 game suspension, maybe that was under the old rules. It doesn't really matter anyway because when you get to any real punishment the player would have gotten 3 chances. You have to get the players attention and that means going after their precious money and career.
On the subject of adopting the antid-doping standards and havig an independent agency administer the program, neither seemed willing to commit to it. Some of the answers didn't even pass the laugh test. When Ferh was asked about a specific issu (I believe it was about releasing medical info) came back with some excuse about maybe breaking state laws. Who is he kidding, first of all, using illegal substances is against the laws. Hello!! Second, pick up a telephone and call the AG for that state, you could probably get an answer in a few hours or few days. That I guess would be too easy. I for one am tired of hearing about this issue. Have you ever heard of "supply" and "demand". Start prosecuting players, we keep going after the supplier, but if the "demand" (from players) is gone so is the supplier. Wake up people.