Anonymous asked in SportsFootball (American) · 1 decade ago

mitchell report...i know its mlb, but still relevant?

will the mitchell report have any effect on the nfl? it would make sense that football players would use more steroids than mlb players. is the nfl testing that much better so players are more afraid of getting caught? or does the nfl look the other way like they did with baseball for so many years?


EDIT: i read part way through it, and its no joke...they have hard physical evidence that about 25 major league players used steroids...

Update 2:

...missed you today ashley...and i dont know what testing they use...but good question

7 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    I'm answering a question with a question...

    does anyone know what kind of testing the NFL uses to ensure their players are steroid free?

    Edit: Donnie, I got a snow day so I am home :)

    and thank you, John!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The Mitchell Report is turning out to be a wake up call for not only MLB, but also the NFL, NBA, NHL,all other sports leagues, & sports entertainment in general. I would think the NFL is doing enough to test all of its players for steroids & other performance enhancing drugs & if any get caught, they can suffer the consequences, meaning they can either be fined, suspended, or worse, banned for life from ever playing in the NFL again.

  • 1 decade ago

    You cannot test for HGH. The unfortunate part of the Mitchell Report for the NFL is that it puts a question mark next to every professional athlete in every sport. I mean, in your heart of hearts, do you not question how Brett Favre could go from people begging him to retire to Pro-Bowler? His story is almost the exact same as Roger Clemens (who is listed as an HGH user). It's a damn shame if he's clean, but it puts his accomplish this year in question.

    Steroids and HGH are ruining sports. Something has to be done. Unfortunately the only way to clean up the game is to enact penalities that are so stiff that no one would risk using. Is a full season for a first time offense with a permanent ban on the second offense too much?

    EDIT: The NFL does have a very good testing policy and decent penalties if a player gets caught. But again, there is no testing for HGH that can be done by science today.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The Mitchell report will have NO effect on the NFL. Wanna know why? Because the NFL was smart enough to handle their drug problem before it got out of control.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Damn John W...type enough?

    I think the NFL won't be affected by this report...all that will happen is that this will be the main story in the news and on sports for those of use who really don't care about baseball...this will be a beating!

  • John
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    I don't think it will have any affect on the NFL... the NFL went through their steroid phase in the 80's i think...and the testing for the NFL players are very strict.

    They may look the other way on some things, but it seems that they really come down hard on substance abuse and any violations of the substance abuse policy.

    Shawn M was suspended 4 games last year...that's 1/4 of the regular season and 1/4 of is game checks. That would be about 40 games in Baseball.


    Testing for Prohibited Substances in the NFL

    A. Types of Testing

    All testing of NFL players for Prohibited Substances, including any pre-employment testing, is to be conducted pursuant to this Policy. All urine samples will be collected by an authorized specimen collector and tested at the appropriate laboratory (see Section 3D below). As is the case in the employment setting, players testing positive in a pre-employment setting will be subject to medical evaluation and clinical monitoring as set forth in Sections 3A, 4C and 12, and to the disciplinary steps outlined in Section 6. Testing will take place under the following circumstances: Pre-Employment: Pre-employment tests may be administered to free agent players (whether rookies or veterans). In addition, the League will conduct tests at its annual timing and testing sessions for draft-eligible football players. Annual/Preseason: All players will be tested for Prohibited Substances at least once per League Year. Such testing will occur at training camp or whenever the player reports thereafter, and will be deemed a part of his preseason physical. In addition, random testing will be conducted during the weeks in which preseason games are played.

    Regular Season: Each week during the regular season, ten (10) players on every team will be tested. By means of a computer program, the Advisor will randomly select the players to be tested from the club’s active roster, practice squad list, and reserve list who are not otherwise subject to ongoing reasonable cause testing for steroids. The number of players selected for testing will be determined in advance on a uniform basis. Players will be required to test whenever they are selected,

    3 The Advisory Committee on Anabolic Steroids and Related Substances is appointed by the Commissioner and chaired by the Advisor.

    4 (6.21.07)

    without regard to the number of times they have previously been tested. Postseason: Ten (10) players on every team qualifying for the playoffs will be tested periodically so long as their club remains active in the postseason. Players to be tested during the postseason will be selected on the same basis as during the regular season. Off-Season: Players under contract who are not otherwise subject to reasonable cause testing may be tested during the off-season months up to 6 times at the discretion of the Advisor. Players to be tested in the off-season will be selected on the same basis as during the regular season, irrespective of their off-season location. Any player selected for testing during the off-season will be required to furnish a urine specimen at a convenient location acceptable to the Advisor. Only players who advise in writing that they have retired from the NFL will be removed from the pool of players who may be tested. If, however, a player thereafter signs a contract with a club, he will be placed back in the testing pool. Reasonable Cause Testing For Players With Prior Positive Tests Or Under Other Circumstances: Any player testing positive for a Prohibited Substance, including players testing positive in college or at a scouting combine session, or with otherwise documented prior steroid involvement, will be subject to ongoing reasonable cause testing at a frequency determined by the Advisor. Such players will be subject to ongoing reasonable cause testing both in-season and during the off-season. Reasonable cause testing may also be required when, in the opinion of the Advisor, available information provides a reasonable basis to conclude that a player may have violated the Policy or may have a medical condition that warrants further monitoring. (See Section 12.)

    B. Testing Procedures In-season tests will ordinarily be conducted on two days each week, and each player to be tested will be notified on the day of the test. On the day of his test, the player will furnish a urine specimen to a DPA who will be present at the team facility.

    To prevent evasive techniques, all specimens will be collected under observation by an authorized specimen collector. Specimens will be shipped in collection bottles with

    5 (6.21.07) tamper-resistant seals. Each bottle will be identified by a control identification number, not by the player’s name. The player will be given an opportunity to witness the procedure and to sign the chain-of-custody form. For more detailed information, see Appendix C (“Collection Procedures”).

    C. Failure or Refusal to Test/Efforts to Manipulate Specimen or Test Result

    An unexcused failure or refusal to appear for required testing, or to cooperate fully in the testing or evaluation process, will warrant disciplinary action. Any effort to substitute, dilute or adulterate a specimen, or to manipulate a test result to evade detection will be considered a violation of the Policy and likely will result in more severe discipline than would have been imposed for a positive test.

    D. Testing Laboratories

    The Advisor will determine the most appropriate laboratory or laboratories to perform testing under the Policy. Currently, the UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory in Los Angeles and the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory in Salt Lake City have been approved to analyze specimens collected for Prohibited Substances in a player’s urine. These laboratories have been accredited by ISO and the World Anti-Doping Association for anti-doping analysis and testing for the NCAA, the United States Anti-Doping Agency and other sports organizations. Screening and confirmatory tests will be done on state-of-the-art equipment and will principally involve use of GC/MS or LC/MS equipment. In addition, testing will be done for masking agents (including diuretics) as appropriate.

    E. Unknowing Administration of Prohibited Substances

    Players are responsible for what is in their bodies, and a positive test result will not be excused because a player was unaware that he was taking a Prohibited Substance. If you have questions or concerns about a particular dietary supplement or other product, you should contact Dr. John Lombardo at (614) 442-0106. As the NFL Advisor on Anabolic 6 (6.21.07) Steroids and Related Substances, Dr. Lombardo is authorized to respond to players’ questions regarding specific supplements. Having your Club's medical or training staff approve a supplement will not excuse a positive test result.

  • 1 decade ago

    i think the whole thing is a joke*************

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