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A-Rod outcome holding up NFL HGH testing

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10:23 AM ET 02.01 | The lesson from Major League Baseball's off-the-field pursuit of Alex Rodriguez is holding up an agreement to begin HGH testing in the NFL, the head of the players union said Thursday. Speaking at the Super Bowl media center during his annual state-of-the-game address, NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith said a deal to start testing for human growth hormone is "98 percent done," except for the league's insistence on being the final arbiter in cases such as Rodriguez's, in which the only evidence of guilt are allegations. Smith said the NFL has agreed to let a neutral arbitrator ultimately decide all drug cases except for Rodriguez clones and cases in which a player was convicted of a drug offense but did not necessarily test positive for that drug as part of the league's official testing program.

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February 1, 2014  10:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Alex Rodriguez is the best third baseman in the history of baseball, steroids or not.Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

But his best years were as a SS. Only became a Third Baseman when joining the Yankees.

February 1, 2014  10:40 AM ET

Speaking of gasbags...

February 1, 2014  10:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Alex Rodriguez is the best third baseman in the history of baseball, steroids or not.Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

No thank you.............I don't smoke..........

February 1, 2014  10:52 AM ET

the NFL will cry out when they start to test the players know why??the majority of players are using some type of peds for a long long time!!

February 1, 2014  10:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Alex Rodriguez is the best third baseman in the history of baseball, steroids or not.Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Rodriguez will always be one of the toughtest competetor with Selig or without Selig albastros jelousy!!!

February 1, 2014  10:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

But his best years were as a SS. Only became a Third Baseman when joining the Yankees.

best years with the mariners,,,,Kent Grifeey jr,Jay Buhner,Egard Martinez,Randy Jhonson and Lou Pinella as their manager!!!

February 1, 2014  11:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

best years with the mariners,,,,Kent Grifeey jr,Jay Buhner,Egard Martinez,Randy Jhonson and Lou Pinella as their manager!!!

Great years indeed.

February 1, 2014  11:40 AM ET

Make any rule you want. Until MLB or the NFL or any of them change their testing method to meet the new roches and topicals it does not matter. You can use peds your whole career and never fail a drug test as it is not administered. Just ask all the guys in that florida Clinic sting that never failed a test. And there are hundreds of those clinics. Jeesh!

February 1, 2014  11:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

best years with the mariners,,,,Kent Grifeey jr,Jay Buhner,Egard Martinez,Randy Jhonson and Lou Pinella as their manager!!!

Don't forget Joey Cora; the guy played his *** off for this team. I was a big fan of that team at that time. They hadn't totally killed my love for baseball yet. And then A-Hol... um, A-Rod went on to be a total dirtbag, screwing the team over and leaving the fans stunned and angry over the way he left the team. And then there are the other shows of his true personality. Screwing over his own pitchers by tipping the pitches to his buddies on other teams? Yeah, how is this POS still even allowed near a ballpark? How is Pete Rose, one of the true greats of the game, banished entirely while A-Rod is allowed to play on? I've never understood that.

February 1, 2014  11:47 AM ET
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Make any rule you want. Until MLB or the NFL or any of them change their testing method to meet the new roches and topicals it does not matter. You can use peds your whole career and never fail a drug test as it is not administered. Just ask all the guys in that florida Clinic sting that never failed a test. And there are hundreds of those clinics. Jeesh!

That is exactly what i got out of the whole A-Rod/MLB saga. Here is a player that MLB says cheated his entire career (and take pride in all they have done to "find him out") but has never failed one of their drug tests.
Yet they claim these tests have cleaned up the game.

February 1, 2014  11:51 AM ET

A-Rod has somehow managed to move beyond MLB and hijack an NFL thread. I figured it was just a matter of time.

February 1, 2014  12:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

A-Rod has somehow managed to move beyond MLB and hijack an NFL thread. I figured it was just a matter of time.

If Baseball doesn't want him, might as well try football on your year sabbatical...

February 1, 2014  12:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

That is exactly what i got out of the whole A-Rod/MLB saga. Here is a player that MLB says cheated his entire career (and take pride in all they have done to "find him out") but has never failed one of their drug tests.Yet they claim these tests have cleaned up the game.

And there you have it. Braun took the roches at the wrong time when he tested with a 20/1 testosterone ratio. Normal is 2/1. You got to be just unlucky or stupid to fail that test. Like Arod says " I never failed a test." And he did not. The one 103+ failed back in 2003 was on the house for all of them.

February 1, 2014  02:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

If Baseball doesn't want him, might as well try football on your year sabbatical...

I don't want him ruining both sports for me.

February 1, 2014  02:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Alex Rodriguez is the best third baseman in the history of baseball, steroids or not.Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

I think you are smoking way too much.

February 1, 2014  04:14 PM ET

IMHO he cheated the fans of baseball who revere in statistics. He took steroids to pump up his numbers so he could get into the HOF. Plain and simple. He did it for himself. He cheated everyone by doing it. No one will ever know just how good or bad he or Bonds could have been. There will be the cloud forever and why I don't see either getting in. I don't know how either could have accepted being the in hall knowing they were cheats. Its like graduating from college and getting that degree knowing someone else did the work for you. How proud is that?

February 1, 2014  05:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

IMHO he cheated the fans of baseball who revere in statistics. He took steroids to pump up his numbers so he could get into the HOF. Plain and simple. He did it for himself. He cheated everyone by doing it. No one will ever know just how good or bad he or Bonds could have been. There will be the cloud forever and why I don't see either getting in. I don't know how either could have accepted being the in hall knowing they were cheats. Its like graduating from college and getting that degree knowing someone else did the work for you. How proud is that?

I think Bonds will get in at some point. He had HOF numbers before the incredible expanding head took over his body.

I agree that A-Rod will never get in - - but that's due to his own behavior. I think if he "fessed up" he would have eventually been forgiven.

February 1, 2014  05:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Make any rule you want. Until MLB or the NFL or any of them change their testing method to meet the new roches and topicals it does not matter. You can use peds your whole career and never fail a drug test as it is not administered. Just ask all the guys in that florida Clinic sting that never failed a test. And there are hundreds of those clinics. Jeesh!

I think this will be a never ending cat and mouse game and the cheaters will always be ahead of the testers.

 
February 1, 2014  05:21 PM ET
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And there you have it. Braun took the roches at the wrong time when he tested with a 20/1 testosterone ratio. Normal is 2/1. You got to be just unlucky or stupid to fail that test. Like Arod says " I never failed a test." And he did not. The one 103+ failed back in 2003 was on the house for all of them.

. . . I wonder when they will come out with one-a-day gummy roches. . .

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