The NFL commissioner responded to criticism by the NFLPA executive director, who contended that a double standard exists when it comes to the league’s punishments.
HGH is a banned performance-enhancing drug that is hard to detect and has been linked to health problems such as diabetes, cardiac dysfunction and arthritis.
NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith, appearing on CBS This Morning Wednesday, said he was “disappointed” with the NFL’s handling of the bounty scandal.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was asked to clarify which offenses fell under pay for performance and pay to injure.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA head DeMaurice Smith have signed the new collective bargaining agreement on a makeshift table on the steps of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
NFL players voted to OK a final deal Monday, days after the owners approved a tentative agreement, and the sides finally managed to put an end to the 4 1/2-month lockout, the longest work stoppage in league history.
NFL owners voted overwhelmingly in favor of a tentative 10-year agreement to end the lockout, pending player approval.
Deadlines are coming up next week to get training camps and the preseason started on time, but the two sides have not been able to reach a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement.
Friday marks the fourth straight day of negotiations. The lockout began March 12, with the central issue being how to split revenues for the $9 billion business.
Three people told the AP that the two power brokers and staff members got together to resume negotiations aimed at ending a lockout now in its fourth month.