Congress pushes NFLPA on HGH test

DeMaurice Smith speaks during a news conference. (Undated

DeMaurice Smith speaks during a news conference. (Undated file photo) (Credit: Getty Images)

The NFL and NFL Players Association signed off on HGH testing as part of their 10-year labor agreement in 2011, but a testing program has yet to be implemented because the players’ side continues to have reservations about a fair system.

Now Congress is getting impatient and is threatening to push the players to sign off on testing.

“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 a letter to the 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.

“Despite being the first of the major professional sports leagues to agree to test for HGH, the NFL has now fallen far behind its counterparts in implementing the agreement,” the letter continues, referring to Major League Baseball’s decision to implement in-season testing beginning this year. “While NFLPA management may not believe that HGH is a problem in the NFL, the words of your athletes suggest otherwise.  We hope the facts collected by the Committee will provide you and the NFL with the information necessary to resolve this matter.”

The letter also asks the union to supply additional testing about their dealings with the NFL in trying to fashion a policy the players’ side can agree upon.

The NFLPA has indicated it is willing to accept an HGH testing policy similar to the one being used by MLB. The NFL has agreed as well.

Even so, there is still no deal.

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