NFLPA President DeMaurice Smith joined “The Sports Junkies” on 106.7 The Fan after Congress urged a hearing regarding human growth hormone usage and testing players in the NFL.
Smith, who engineered the newest CBA during the NFL’s labor dispute, is not against testing itself, but how the league does it and asks for explanation during the hearing.
“If the folks on the Hill want to have a hearing about that, I’m ready to go. Let’s show up. Let’s bring WADA in. Let’s have them answer why they don’t want to turn over documents. Let’s have them answer why they want to have their test process secret.” Smith said. “And frankly, I’d love to hear from the National Football League on why they want a strict liability test where players can’t challenge anything as to whether the tests apply to them on a scientific basis.”
One of Smith’s biggest gripes with the actual testing is that HGH is not a synthetic substance, like steroids or narcotics that’s easily traceable. However, HGH is naturally produced in the body and could be hard to determine if something was taken to increase levels of it through testing.
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