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Mason Calls Goodell “A Joke”

From Pro Football Talk:

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said this week that the NFL will insist that players accept blood testing for human growth hormone. Ravens receiver Derrick Mason thinks Goodell should be focusing on more important things right now.

“He needs to stop crying about blood testing and HGH — he needs to get a deal done,” Mason told Steve Davis and Ed Norris on 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore. “He to me, is just a joke.”

Mason said that he agrees with Goodell that there’s no place for performance-enhancing substances in the NFL. But he disagrees with requiring players to have blood drawn to test for HGH.

“You want to do whatever you have to do to make sure there’s not a competitive edge in this sport,” Mason said. “Blood tests? I don’t know. They’ve been crying about blood tests for the longest time. I think that’s too intrusive. There’s other ways and other methods, I think, to go about testing for it.”

Mason has never been shy to tell you what he thinks so his comments are in no way surprising.

I will agree that the timing of Goodell’s statements don’t really make much sense. There appears to be no agreement in sight to play football in 2011 as the weeks to the draft tick down. That should be his top priority.

I also don’t know of any other methods to test for HGH. So while taking a needle every other week may be intrusive I’m not sure how you get around it.


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