The session held on Wednesday between NFL and NFLPA is seems to be working out. In a move to test the NFL players for high concentration of HGH both the sides agreed on a session which was held on July 24, is a major break since 2011.
Larry Fitzgerald in the meeting stood for testing of the NFL players and said that he is not in opposition to testing high levels of HGH in players as it will keep the game fair and free from anti legal activity. Speaking at the issue he said, “I’m not big on blood testing. But it’s something that needs to be done to make sure that our game is fair and upholds the integrity that we all want it too.” He also added that he is fine with the testing as long as all the procedures and activities are done properly even if it feels a little bit invasive to others.
In the meeting there were many crucial issues to be discussed. Also there was much criticism on the testing of HGH in players by the experts who regarded this as yet another move of the union to intimidate players. According to Dr. Gary Wadler, international sports doping expert, “There’s an assumption here that they’re (NFL players) somehow unique. Therefore, their HGH level would be different. I don’t know why they came up with that, where they came up with that.” He also added “It’s just an opportunity to delay. I think that delay is detrimental to the sport.”
Fitzgerald also added to his specification about the testing saying “I just hope that it doesn’t lead to anything that would possibly curtail somebody’s career — with blood disorders and things like that,” he said. “But if it’s done in good (faith) and only for HGH testing, I’m good with that.”
There are many eyes on the final decision of both the sides. There are speculations to implement the testing of the players from this season of the play itself. The major concerns that need to be addressed by the authorities involve what will be the threshold for positive results of high HGH use in players, what rights players will have to stand and appeal against the positive test, what will be the procedure for collection and disposal of the samples and many more.