August 9th, 2010 at 1:48 PM ^

Honestly, HCG doesn't really do anything. It's the same as DHEA. It's over the counter but banned by the NFL. It really shouldn't be. That said, a rule is a rule and he broke it.


August 9th, 2010 at 1:59 PM ^

You're right, it is many times used at the end of a steroid cycle, however, it's not used as a masking agent. It's used to jump start testosterone  production because steroids shut down your natural testosterone production.


August 9th, 2010 at 4:47 PM ^

they ban it basically because they feel whoever took it was previously on steroids. Did he? probably.  But if you're going to bust someone for steroids or growth peds, they should have to test positive for that specific steroid or ped. Basically, before you convict I think you should have direct evidence. Obviously, that's just my opinion, and I can understand while others would argue differently.


August 9th, 2010 at 7:16 PM ^

I'm surprised that nobody has used this defense already.  Excercise and weight control are recommended to help raise testosterone levels, especially that which is decreased by the aging process.  Usually, though, the people found guilty by the league have gross amounts of testosterone in their blood, making the defense look ludicrous at best.

That being said, I have a feeling we will see more players use variations of this defense, and it may be more effective for HGH cases.  I would expect to see a lawsuit somewhere down the line, but probably by a retired player who has nothing to lose by being "blacklisted."