The issue of HGH testing of players by NFL is taking a new turn with the NFLPA taking sharp edge over it. According to newly elected president of NFLPA, Eric Winston players are not in agreement with the appointment of commissioner Roger Goodell as the final arbiter related to the matters of testing and results.
Winston said during a meeting just a day before NFL’s first round of draft, “It’s there when [Goodell] wants to sign it, I kind of laugh because it keeps coming up. If he wants HGH testing as bad as he wants to retain his power, then we would have had HGH testing last year. At the end of the day, that’s what this is all about: He wants to hold all the cards and he wants to be the judge, jury and executioner, and we’re not going to go for an un-American system like that.”
In response to this comment by Winston, League spokesman Greg Aiello told ESPN through email- “It is kind of funny because since 2011 the union has come up with one excuse after another to avoid implementing an agreement to test for HGH,” Aiello wrote. “First, it was the testing method; then it was the population study; now it’s commissioner authority. Our commitment to testing is clear. The same cannot be said of the union.”
The issue is lingering since 2011 from the first time it was raised. Calling for signature of the HGH agreement yet again, Goodell quoted, “The world has accepted the science,” Goodell said in an interview with NFL Network. “There’s global understanding of that. And the union needs to sign off on that. It’s time to sign off on what we agreed to. They have raised issues. We have addressed all those issues. They’re now raising, from time to time, issues that are completely unrelated to HGH testing.”
There is no point which can attribute to the HGH testing issue solving in the near future or any kind of mutual settlement.
However amidst all this executive director of NFLPA, DeMaurice Smith stated that all the terms are agreed upon but arbitration method. He quoted, “The process by which we would have HGH testing is agreed to,” Smith said. “The population study is agreed to; the manner in which blood would be drawn is agreed to. The number of tests is agreed to. The way in which we determine a violation for taking HGH is agreed to. And it’s joint; it’s all been agreed to.
“The only thing that has not been agreed to is there is neutral arbitration for every aspect of the drug policy except in cases where there is a violation of law or where there is an evidence-based violation of the drug policy that didn’t result in a positive test.”
He also added, “We’ve agreed to everything, except the commissioner wants to be the hearing officer in those final two cases. That’s the only thing that’s held this up.”
It seems that the issue will be lingering more than ever.
NFLPA and NFL are again a tiff over the reign of commissioner Goodell. Players are opposing his appointment to head matters concerning HGH testing.