Reporting Daryl Ruiter
BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – The NFL’s new 10-year collective bargaining agreement includes provisions for extensive performance enhancing drug testing – including for HGH.
However, testing for HGH has not begun because the manner in which the testing would be carried out and the test itself has not been worked out with the players.
Browns linebacker Scott Fujita was a guest on Friday night’s episode of ‘NBC SportsTalk’ on VERSUS, where he was asked how many players league-wide were guilty of HGH use.
“I really don’t think that HGH use is as prevalent as some might assume,” Fujita said. “I’ve been playing for a long time now and I can’t say with absolute certainty any one teammate I’ve ever had used HGH or steroids.
“Maybe I’m naive and completely out of touch but I don’t think that I am.”
Fujita, who is a 10-year NFL veteran, is a member of the NFLPA Executive Committee and was intimately involved in collective bargaining negotiations during the lockout this summer.
“I have got a pretty good beat on the locker rooms I’ve been in,” Fujita said. “I’ve played for four different teams. I’m in constant communication with all of my guys so, again, unless I’m just an idiot and don’t know any better but I don’t think that’s the case.
“I don’t think it’s nearly as prevalent as everyone thinks it is.”
When asked to give a percentage guesstimate of HGH users in the NFL Fujita responded by saying he feels it’s “one or two percent” league-wide – tops.
“That’s just me talking to people and again not being able to say with absolute certainty,” Fujita said. “(That I know) any one person who’s ever used any performance enhancing drug.
“I’ve had suspicion about certain guys but don’t get me wrong, by and large I don’t think it’s as prevalent.”
The NFLPA has agreed to HGH testing as part of the new CBA but it will not begin until the questions about how the testing will be done are answered.
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