The unethical use of HGH supplements by sportsmen has always been a concern for NFL. Now taking some hard steps to implement the restrictions on the players, the league has taken next step. Submitting a new proposal for testing HGH use to players union on 24th April the league want to start testing immediately rather than game day testing as per the NFL.com report.
As per the new reports, NFLPA has shared the details of the presented proposal to player representatives and is looking forward for a counter proposal that can be submitted next week. However the body has not yet received any feedback according to the sources from the players union. NFL and NFLPA, made a mutual agreement on HGH testing of the players as a part of their 10-year collective bargaining agreement, 9 months ago. Now with the differences between both sides the matter can be seen getting more apart.
Speaking on the matter David Howman, WADA director general told the Associated Press- “I would expect the players association to take a stance which is extremist. What we’ve got to do is get to reality and not to a position that is an extremist position.”
NFLPA director of external affairs, George Atallah, also quoted “We believe that the NFL’s lack of action on proceeding with a population study that we both agreed to do has delayed the process.” He added “The easiest way to verify the science of the isoform HGH test amongst NFL players is to conduct a population study of NFL player. It is perplexing to us that the league would not want to move forward on that agreement.”
Speaking on the issue that both the sides are not interested in HGH testing due to positive test PR fallout, George Atallah said, “This idea that NFL players and the NFLPA do not want HGH testing is a myth.”