NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith has been dragging his feet on moving ahead with HGH testing, much to the chagrin of several Capitol Hill lawmakers who are trying to prod the union into following through on its pledge to begin testing as part of its 10-year collective bargaining agreement.
Smith says he will only agree to testing if there is transparency involved in the procedures, but it’s hard to figure out exactly what he’s looking for. After all, the league is ready to move ahead with plans to implement a system similar to the Olympics, where the World Anti-Doping Agency oversees testing procedures.
It now appears there will be Congressional hearings to force the issue. Too bad.
Former NFLPA executive director Gene Upshaw was at the forefront of steroids testing in 1989; it’s time his successor did the same with HGH testing.