Waxman praises NFL, players on growth hormone test

A key member of Congress calls the NFL’s intention to begin

testing for human growth hormone ”a genuine and welcome

breakthrough in the campaign to rid sports of the scourge of

doping.”

Rep. Henry Waxman, a California Democrat who oversaw a series of

House hearings on steroids in sports, issued a statement Friday

saying he commends the NFL and the players’ union for ”seriously

addressing” the issue.

He also notes ”there are many details to be ironed out.”

Players ratified a new collective bargaining agreement Thursday.

The sides agreed that players would be subject to random testing

for HGH, in addition to annual checks – as is the case for all

banned substances in the NFL’s drug-testing program – only after

the union is confident in the way testing and appeals will

work.