Delays on HGH testing decision a 'disservice' to NFL, exec says
This photo shows an injector pen that contains approximately a weeks worth of HGH doses for a patient in need of the drug at the clinic of Dr. Mark Molitch of Northwestern University, who helped write medical standards meant to limit HGH treatment to patients in need of the drug Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, in Chicago. (AP / M. Spencer Green)
Published Friday, February 22, 2013 11:08AM EST
INDIANAPOLIS -- NFL Senior Vice-President Adolpho Birch says 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 reached in August 2011. But protocols must be approved by both sides and the players have questioned the science in the testing procedures, stalling implementation.
Speaking at the scouting combine Thursday, Birch says the NFL has full confidence in the test and "should have been a year into this by now." He calls the delays "a disservice to all of us."
On Tuesday, the union said in a conference call it favors HGH testing, but only with a strong appeal process. Otherwise, NFLPA spokesman George Atallah said, "it's just a nonstarter."