SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The NFL’s goal to be the first major professional sports league to implement testing for human growth hormone appears a long way from coming to fruition.
NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said Wednesday that players have serious questions about the safety and reliability of the test. He said the World Anti-Doping Agency has not turned over the information the players’ association has requested.
Blood testing for HGH was part of the collective bargaining deal struck between the league and players this summer — but only if the union agreed to the methods. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to Smith last week reiterating the league’s eagerness to implement HGH testing.
Smith’s comments came after he spoke at a sports law symposium at Santa Clara University.