NFL exec: HGH testing resolution needed

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 21, 2013 at 5:51 pm •  Published: February 21, 2013
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — NFL senior vice president Adolpho Birch said Thursday the league and players association need to reach agreement soon on HGH testing.

The NFL and the union agreed in principle to HGH testing when a new 10-year labor agreement was finalized in August 2011. But protocols must be approved by both sides and the players have questioned the science in the testing procedures, delaying implementation.

"The longer we continue to stall out on this issue or we don't have an effective regiment in place, it's a disservice to all of us," Birch said at the NFL's scouting combine. "We need resolution. This is enough. We've been talking about this for two years."

In 2011, the NFL became the first professional league to agree with its players on HGH testing. But while the sides debated the scientific validity of the test, and the union still is not satisfied with the process.

Meanwhile, Major League Baseball will test for HGH throughout the upcoming regular season. Last year, players were subject to blood testing for HGH during spring training.

On Tuesday, the union said in a conference call it favors HGH testing, but only with a strong appeal process.

"We've had kind of a long history in our union and the league's relationship and that's deteriorated the trust between the two, and the players don't feel comfortable moving forward and I don't feel comfortable moving forward without the proper protections in place," NFLPA President Domonique Foxworth said. "As far as I understand, there's no good reason not to have those protections in place, so that's kind of the hold up as far as HGH is concerned."

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