About Time You’re No Longer Children ………….You’re Grown Ups Act Like It !
Have you ever noticed how a young child reacts when it is being scolded by a parent ? They tend to wail , scream and make as much noise as is possible in order to either get noticed or as a mechanism in the hope that the parent will abandon their punishment and then things will be at an end. Much as in the same way that both the NFLPA (Players’ Union) and MLBPA (Baseball Players’ Union) has behaved when it comes to their respective governing bodies’ stance on the illegal use of prohibitive substances. Each has had to be dragged into the twenty first century when it comes to dealing with this specific issue , its dangers and the ramifications from it all. Never mind the fact that you have the archaic remains and governing style of Commissioner Bud Selig overseeing major league baseball (MLB). And here too, he has to be held accountable for his intransigence when broached on the subject.
Now with the NFL seeking to finally take a proactive approach on the matter , we shall see if both unions the MLB hierarchy are prepared to follow in step and recognize an adopted policy in terms of testing for ‘HGH’ (human growth hormone). NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in the wake of the recent findings and the ban of UK rugby league player Terry Newton being banned. He has seen fit to initiate a communique’ with his counterpart NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith on the subject . It has brought a sense of urgency stateside, as to what ought to be done and how best to go about implementing a testing protocol that isn’t overly intrusive but at the same time is equitable and above reproach.
Courtesy of Associated Press & Yahoo Sports
By Ronald Blum , AP Sports Writer
New York (AP)—The NFL hopes to start testing players for human growth hormone, and Major League Baseball has started talks with its union to investigate the test that led to the suspension of a British rugby player.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Wednesday that the league had made a proposal to its players in January regarding HGH. Discussions are ongoing, he said.
“Our position is that HGH testing has advanced to the point where we are taking steps to incorporate it into our program,” Aiello said. “We have proposed it to the union.”
The NFLPA’s player development director, Stacy Robinson, said in a statement that the union “has supported research to find a suitable test that will detect sustained HGH use.”
“We believe in and collectively bargained for a system that supports the testing of all banned substances,” he said.
The NFL has used preseason blood tests since at least 2006 for cholesterol and tryglycerates. Baseball has had urine testing since 2003 but not blood testing.
“We have previously said that if a scientifically validated blood test for HGH is available, we would consider its utilization,” new baseball players’ association head Michael Weiner said. “But a single uncontested positive does not scientifically validate a test. There remains debate in the testing community about the scientific validity of this test.”
The issue of HGH testing has gained renewed interest in the wake of the United Kingdom Anti-Doping authority announcing a two-year ban Monday for rugby player Terry Newton, saying he had tested positive and become the first athlete suspended for using HGH.
The substance is believed by some to hasten healing but there is still a debate over whether it increases strength.
A blood test for HGH has been in existence since the 2004 Athens Olympics and available in the U.S. since 2008, according to United States Anti-Doping Agency executive director Travis Tygart.
Tygart said the test was available to professional leagues, but only through World Anti-Doping Agency labs.
“It’s one that’s been well-vetted, well-discussed,” he said by telephone from London. “Further research has been done to get it to a point where it’s scientifically valid, and we’re happy to help any entity that’s interested in having an effective test, whether we’re involved with their program or not, getting them comfortable with the validity of the science.”
While MLB can institute blood tests for players on minor league rosters, it must reach an agreement with the players’ association to start blood testing for unionized players on 40-man big league rosters.
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The NFL’s ‘point man’ on this all, appears to be Greg Aiello NFL Director of Communications. and he will on Goodell’s behalf look to deal with the union on this matter. The union will be initially represented by Stacy Robinson who is the Directory of Player Development for the NFLPA. Theirs is the task of initiating the approach to be taken by both parties in this matter. If they can be proactive in this , then surely the other major sports will follow ? Something most definitely has to be done rather than each governing body hiding behind the act as to an individual’s right of privacy. The NBA , NHL , MLS , NCAA and NASCAR , each has its own role to play in this all. . But if two of the four major sports can somehow come to some accord with their respective union counterparts on the matter . Then it would certainly give the perception to the public that they finally mean business when it comes to not only the illegal use of HGH steroids amongst athletes but also other banned substances. On the college level there’s no statistical evidence to show whether or not there’s widespread use of steroids or HGH amongst collegiate athletes. But surely, it has to be profligate amongst certain sports and athletes ? And with the secrecy of the NCAA and its less then openness in how it conducts its business affairs. Who really knows what is going on amongst the university campuses , it coaches, AD’s and the athletes themselves ?
MLBPA Executive Director Michael Weiner , whose predecessor Donald Fehr , was the often viewed as a reptilian and chameleon like individual. Fehr , was less than truthful and during the steroid fallout concerning his union members . He was of the belief that his members’ privacy superseded the laws of the land. And even when he testified under subpoena in-front the House Government Oversight Committee. It were as if he were giving a well rehearsed testimony, as to how his members and the union itself had done everything to stamp out the illegal use of steroids within the game. But consider this, MLB has only an agreement to test for certain banned substances only with minor leaguers. Whereas, it has yet to reach a fully mandated agreement with the MLBPA as to what it can strictly test for amongst the active roster members on the teams within major league baseball. How asinine is this to begin with ? And what in God’s name is wrong with Bud Selig in his role as commissioner ? Much like the other members of MLB’s his executive committee , he’s proving to be a blithering and bumbling idiot !
Now it remains to be seen if NBA Commissioner David Stern will follow suit and urge his NPBA counterpart Billy Hunter and open a line of communication and discuss the matter openly. Therein, they too can adopt a strict protocol of testing also for HGH and not just the already mandated substances allowed under the union’s collective bargaining agreement. In many cases to me anyway , it does appear as if, it is the unions who are dictating policy and the hierarchies in question are merely abiding by those guidelines ! Is it any wonder the relationships between these parties are constantly strained to say the very least ? The commissioners simply cower in the corner while the unions run carte-blanch over every piece of policy that they seek to have to their benefit. Be it good or bad , just as long on appearance they get the upper hand.
For the fans and government alike , who may well be watching this all intently. It will be very interesting to see what materializes from this all , at the end of the day. All parties are best served by doing something proactive . Rather than waiting on a major tragedy to strike a major sport’s star or college athlete. The ramifications from that , would far supersede what has been going on recently. Remember this however, we’re dealing the unions and the governing bodies of sports. Their sole existence it appears to be financial gain at the expense everything that’s said and meant to be decent . So should we really be expecting anything else from them at juncture ? I await your comments on this very topic . By all means do chime in with a comment and I will do my utmost to respond to each appropriately.
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