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NFL exec: Union stalling H.G.H. testing

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07:32 AM ET 02.22 | Adolpho Birch, the N.F.L.'s senior vice president for law and labor policy, suggested Thursday that the players union was holding up an agreement to begin testing for human growth hormone because it was unhappy with other aspects of the 18-month-old collective bargaining agreement, including the commissioner's authority in disciplinary matters. "I do think there is an effort to go back and revisit a lot of things that were agreed to, negotiated on extensively and agreed to," Birch said. Later, he added: "It has been a stall. I don't know if it's a tactic. There is absolutely no reason for this to have taken this long and us not have testing implemented. We should have been more than a year into this by now." The union and the league agreed to start testing for H.G.H. when the collective bargaining agreement was completed in August 2011. But since then, the sides have been unable to agree on a number of issues, and testing has not begun. In the meantime, Major League Baseball has announced that it will begin testing for H.G.H.

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February 22, 2013  08:10 AM ET

Seeing people taking steroids drives me crazy. I could just snap and hurt someone. Where's my horse tranquilizer?

February 22, 2013  08:12 AM ET
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Where's my horse tranquilizer?

Jim Harbaugh took it.

February 22, 2013  08:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Jim Harbaugh took it.

I should have known. Even though, when I asked him, he said, "Neigh."

February 22, 2013  08:25 AM ET

They need to put HGH testing in place to make sure the players are only taking the highest quality Human Growth Hormone.

February 22, 2013  08:42 AM ET

They shouldn't negotiate anything until they get competent people to do it. I think PeeWee Herman negotiated the CBA for them.

February 22, 2013  08:49 AM ET
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They shouldn't negotiate anything until they get competent people to do it. I think PeeWee Herman negotiated the CBA for them.

Those drug tests aren't accurate.

February 22, 2013  08:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Seeing people taking steroids drives me crazy.

Just turn your head

I'm so sick of testing. Let's just end testing in all sports and let it be a big free-for-all. It would be more exciting. Reset all of the records and start from scratch.

February 22, 2013  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Those drug tests aren't accurate.

Pee Wee Herman was on drugs?

February 22, 2013  09:47 AM ET

I vote for leaving HGH in. I'd kind of like to see a 500 pound quarterback.

February 22, 2013  10:13 AM ET
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I vote for leaving HGH in. I'd kind of like to see a 500 pound quarterback.

JaWalrus Russell was getting there.

February 22, 2013  10:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Just turn your headI'm so sick of testing. Let's just end testing in all sports and let it be a big free-for-all. It would be more exciting. Reset all of the records and start from scratch.

look how well testing worked in cycling....they eventually got it right....

February 22, 2013  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

look how well testing worked in cycling....they eventually got it right....

But if they really got it right they'd suspend just about every cyclist on the circuit.

February 22, 2013  10:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

JaWalrus Russell was getting there.

So there's still hope for him after all?

February 22, 2013  10:37 AM ET
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They shouldn't negotiate anything until they get competent people to do it. I think PeeWee Herman negotiated the CBA for them.

All the NFLPA was worried about was players getting their game checks. Union dues don't grow on trees.

February 22, 2013  10:39 AM ET
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I vote for leaving HGH in. I'd kind of like to see a 500 pound quarterback.

Yeah, but at the first sign of HGH causing some sort of debilitating illness, there'd be players suing the league for not making them aware of the dangers of using HGH to begin with, or some similar nonsense.

February 22, 2013  01:30 PM ET

They will do something once a current player fatally hurts himself! Stupid!

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February 22, 2013  10:06 PM ET
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Not really.It took a bunch of snitches.

good point Rex

 
February 23, 2013  10:48 AM ET

A *LOT* of NFL players are juicing. Has to be around 50%, of course they are stalling the testing of HGH, but there are now various synthetic testosterone products that leave the body in 24~48 hours which means you have to be extremely unlucky to get popped for a positive test.

And the NFL does NOT want to see big name guys getting popped which is why we don't see many, i.e. IMO they let guys know when tests are coming.

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