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(The Hill) — With the 2011 season of the National Football League (NFL) set to launch Thursday evening, a leading House Democrat is pushing the league for blanket testing of a popular performance enhancing drug.
In a letter to the heads of both the NFL and the National Football League Players’ Association (NFLPA), Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) urged the leaders to resolve their differences over testing for human growth hormone (HGH) “without further delay.”
“I have long believed that without some form of testing, there is little disincentive for players to use HGH,” Waxman, the senior Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee, wrote Thursday to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith.
“I urge you to work together to put in place an independent and effective testing regime without further delay, so that testing may begin as soon as possible during the 2011 season.”
As part of the new agreement between players and owners adopted last month, the players’ union signed off on the concept of HGH testing, but has yet to agree on the method, which it’s not convinced is reliable.