NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s draft agenda for next year will focus on “the most effective way to limit the spread of HGH,” according to a draft letter sent to all teams by the league office on Thursday.
The letter from Goodell’s deputy commissioner Mark Shapiro also outlines the league’s priorities to help ensure players are “in a position to avoid” HGH use.
The letter was signed by Shapiro, Commissioner Roger DeBartolo Jr., and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith.HGH, a synthetic form of testosterone, is often misused in sports, including in the NFL, and is illegal under federal law.
But in recent years, the NFL has taken several actions to prevent players from using the substance.
The NFL’s draft board also outlined a few more priorities for next season, including “more effective ways to reduce the use of HPS [HGH-Protein] and to ensure athletes are in a position that can avoid HGH exposure.”HPS is a synthetic version of the testosterone, a substance that’s been found to be highly toxic in high doses.
The league has said HPS levels in some players have exceeded the legal limit.
According to the draft letter, the league will “continue to monitor the use and safety of HSH and other substances in sports.”
In addition, the letter says the league is “considering other approaches to address the use, abuse and diversion of HPH [Hormone Replacement Therapy], including through the development of an integrated drug monitoring program.”
According to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, the draft committee has also been working on the “procedural rules” for the draft that would include a ban on using HGH-containing supplements.
Rapoport noted that the draft has already been discussed with the NFLPA and the NFL Players Association.