My Radical HGH Policy Proposal

I’ve argued this here before many times, and I’ve written up my suggestion in the latest issue of ESPN Magazine.

Three years ago, Patriots safety Rodney Harrison was the first active player in the league to confess to using human growth hormone (HGH). Now, the suspension of British rugby player Terry Newton for the same thing has put the banned substance back in the crosshairs. The NFL’s response has been predictable: It wants to enact a new HGH blood-testing program — the same type of program that snagged Newton. The union’s response has been equally predictable: Not so fast; HGH blood testing is invasive and unreliable.

What neither party is proposing is the one solution that could eliminate the HGH scourge: Make it legal.

One Response “My Radical HGH Policy Proposal”

  1. Marc Schneider says:

    Actually, if it wasn’t for the health issues (a very bid deal in my view), I would say make steroids legal. From a competitive standpoint (i.e., the “sanctity” of records), there isn’t much difference between taking steroids and embarking on a training regimen using technology that was unavailable to past generations. Roger Maris obviously didn’t have access to videos allowing him to breakdown his swing; plus, most ballplayers didn’t make enough money to spend their offseasons training like the players today do. Current and future players will always have advantages of one sort or another that past players did not have.