Currently there are disagreements between the NFL and the NFLPA on their stances of HGH. They are also working on an agreement concerning marijuana use. There have also been tentative agreements on the drug policies, pending the settled differences of HGH.
One of the agreements that have been decided upon will allow for the NFL to disclose more information when a player violates the drug usage policy.
PFTs Mike Florio reported on this.
Per a source with direct knowledge of the negotiations, the new policies would allow the NFL to say more regarding the reason for a suspension arising under the policy against performance-enhancing drugs. Currently, the NFL simply announces the suspension (four games for a first offense), and the player and/or his agent can say whatever they want in the wake of the announcement.
Basically what this means is it will eliminate the response from players that their “drugs” were not drugs and they were workout supplements that were tainted or some other excuse. It will also provide information to other players and will give them the information that they need to determine the specific makeup of the violators products so that they can make sure that they are not in offense either. It also eliminates the “it wasn’t me” response and will hold the player accountable for their actions so that there isn’t a lie from the player or their agent regarding their violation.
This is one way for players to begin to accept responsibility for their poor choices and decisions that effect not only them but their teams and their fans.