Cornerbacks know this better than anyone on the field: Timing is everything. And the timing of an NFL drug test has Redskins corner Josh Norman heated.
Josh Norman was extremely unhappy he was told by NFL to take a drug test after today's game. Was heard yelling at a trainer in locker room.— michael phillips (@michaelpRTD) September 18, 2016
Norman was asked to submit to a drug test immediately after the Redskins' 27-23 loss to the Cowboys Sunday. He vented his frustrations in his locker room comments.
"I don't like how the NFL has us drug test right after the game. I don't understand that. It's crazy," he said. "I don't have anything left in the tank, yet they want you to drug test. It's crazy. I don't understand it."
"Shoot, we can't wait until tomorrow?"
Norman said drug testing immediately after games was new this season.
"This is the first time. [The NFL] started it this year," he said. "I don't get it. I really don't. What's a day going to do? 24 hours? It's stupid."
Here are three pertinent excerpts from the 2015 version of the NFL Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances (emphasis added):
• "Specimens may be collected on any day of the week, except that the collection of blood specimens will be prohibited on game days."
• "Specimen collections occurring at a Club facility, stadium or scouting combine venue will be conducted at the discretion of the Independent Administrator and Collection Vendor without advance notice to the Player. Upon notification that he has been selected for testing, the Player shall furnish a specimen to the authorized specimen collector as soon as possible, but in no event more than three (3) hours following notification."
• "For specimen collections occurring away from the Club facility, the Independent Administrator and Collection Vendor may in their discretion contact the Player by telephone or voicemail or text message to notify him that he has been selected and schedule a collection time within twenty-four (24) hours at a site not more than forty-five (45) miles from the Player’s location"
At least according to the 2015 version of this testing policy, Norman would have had three hours to provide the sample and could have been notified ahead of time that he was selected for testing.
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