James Harrison says NFL won’t let him document a PED test
Steelers linebacker James Harrison had a knock on his door on Tuesday informing him that he was to take a surprise performance-enhancing drug test. He wanted to document the whole thing.
So Harrison began to record his encounter with the representative from the PED testing company that handles the NFL’s tests, but he was told that recording tests is not allowed -- and told that a previous tester got fired for allowing Harrison to record his test.
“Today the NFL came to my house for another random PED test,” Harrison wrote on Instagram. “I was gonna record it like last time but Ryan Willis, the director of the PED program at Drug Free Sports that does testing for the league didn’t want to talk on camera. Since I heard they fired the last guy who let me record the test, I didn’t record it. I’m not trying to get anyone fired who’s just doing their job. I called the @NFLPA to find out what was going on. I guess maybe we’ll find out more tomorrow.”
Harrison didn’t say what, exactly, the video he planned would consist of -- Harrison urinating on camera? -- but he said he thought the fans would be interested.
“To clarify - I never have a problem being tested,” Harrison wrote. “I wasn’t videoing the test because I was suspicious of the process. I was only videoing leading up to the actual test to post it on IG for what I think is interesting behind the scenes content for the fans, which I had done when I was tested earlier this year, with no notice of wrongdoing. If the league can invade our space and interrupt our preseason training with shows like Hard Knocks because it’s interesting behind the scenes content for the fans, why can’t I post this?”
It’s a good question. Shouldn’t the NFL be transparent about its drug testing procedures?