NFL
1:31 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Congressmen Write NFLPA's Smith About HGH Testing

Chastising the NFL Players Association for "remarkable recalcitrance" on testing for human growth hormone, two members of Congress have pledged "to take a more active role" on the issue and say they could ask players to testify before their committee.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa, a California Republican, and ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings of Maryland tell NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith in a letter sent Monday that the union "has prevented meaningful progress on this issue."

The 10-year labor contract approved by the NFL and NFLPA in August 2011 paved the way for HGH testing once certain parameters were set. But the union wants a new study before it will agree to the validity of a test used by Olympic sports and Major League Baseball.

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