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NFLPA says it wants “safe and fair” HGH testing

Super Bowl XLVI

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05: DeMaurice Smith director of the N.F.L. players’ union walks on the field during warmups before the New York Giants take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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After the chairman and ranking member of the House Oversight Committee said they may call NFL players to testify about human growth hormone, the NFL Players Association said it remains committed to HGH testing.

In a statement provided to PFT, the union said it wants testing that is “safe and fair.”

“A safe and clean game is a primary concern of NFL players,” the statement said. “We will fully cooperate with the Committee’s requests as we have done from the beginning of their interest in this issue. If the Committee is interested in holding a hearing, we hope to participate. The players’ union takes direction from the players that comprise it and we have expressed with full transparency our desire for a safe and fair hGH testing program.”

The NFL and NFLPA have both been saying for a year and a half that they’re committed to working out an agreement to test players for HGH, and yet players are still not being tested for HGH. The same members of Congress who have recently praised Major League Baseball for its agreement on HGH testing are now pushing the NFL and NFLPA to quit all the talk and deliver meaningful action.