NFL players told HGH testing coming
With baseball dealing with the Biogenesis scandal recently, other sports are responding when it comes to players using performance-enhancing drugs or other banned substances. The NFL Players Association has tentatively agreed to let the NFL conduct human growth hormone testing on its players.
The tentative agreement will allow the NFL to take 40 blood samples for HGH testing each week during the season, with a positive result resulting in a four-game suspension, the memo sent to the players said, according to the Associated Press. A computer program will select five players from eight teams each week to take blood tests the memo states.
According to NFL.com, the NFL had denied that an agreement has been finalized.
“We do not have yet a comprehensive agreement for HGH testing and decline to comment on the union’s memo,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said, notes NFL.com.
Every player that’s participating in training camp will provide a blood sample and information about height, weight, age, and race/ethnicity for a “population study” to figure out what level of HGH will draw penalties, the AP notes. The NFLPA’s letter states that if more than five percent of all samples are above that threshold, then players who fail will be subject to additional testing. If a player test positive again during the 2013-14 or 2014-15 seasons, then they will receive an eight-game suspension.
No date for the start of testing has been set because there are issues that still need to be negotiated. The memo says that a comprehensive agreement should be finalized soon.