Law & Policy: Drugs & Alcohol
- NFL Demands to Hear from Players Accused of PED Use
by Dan Spears August 2016
The NFL's senior vice president of labor policy and league affairs, Adolpho Birch, sent a letter Monday to the NFL Players Association detailing a plan to indefinitely suspend James Harrison, Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and Mike Neal if they don't speak with the league by Aug. 25 as part of its investigation into an alleged link to performance-enhancing drugs.
- Foul-Ball Lawsuit Seeks Records on Players' Drug Use
by Bill Rankin August 2016
Major League Baseball's players union on Monday asked a Fulton County judge to prohibit the release of records on performance-enhancing drugs, which plaintiff's lawyers want to use in a case involving a girl struck by a foul ball. Disclosing such documents would violate confidentiality agreements the players worked out with the league in their collective bargaining agreement and would compromise the testing program, a lawyer for the Major League Baseball Players Association told State Court Judge Patsy Porter. Porter did not issue an immediate ruling. She is presiding over a lawsuit brought by Fred Fletcher, whose 6-year-old daughter's skull was shattered by a foul ball at Turner Field. The foul was hit by then-Braves outfielder Melky Cabrera Aug. 31, 2010. If the Braves had extended the safety netting behind home plate farther down the foul line, Fletcher's daughter would not have suffered a traumatic brain injury, the suit says.
- Disdain for Russian Doping Evident at Games
by AB Staff August 2016
With the wag of a finger and a cascade of boos, the monthslong Russian doping controversy has come to life at the Olympic Aquatics Center. The swimming venue has become the crossroads of a morality play that hearkens back to the days of the Cold War. A 100-meter race between two swimmers has turned into a metaphor for the endless bickering between East and West. A battle of words and frog kicks has become the culmination of the growing antagonism between the Russian state-sponsored doping machine and those nations around the world that have spoken out forcefully against it.
- Opinion: NFL Should Update Medical Marijuana Stance
by Jerry Sullivan July 2016
Half of the states have legalized medical marijuana. Some players are using a cannabis extract that experts say aids in physical recovery and might counteract the effects of concussions.
- Josh Gordon Reinstated by NFL
by Spokesman Review July 2016
Josh Gordon's curious and complicated career has taken a new turn. He's getting yet another chance. The talented but troubled wide receiver has been reinstated on a conditional basis by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who met face to face with Gordon last week and said he believes the 25-year-old can "make the right choices" going forward. Gordon has been banned since February 2015 for multiple violations of the league's drug policies. He will be suspended for the first four games of the 2016-17 season, but he's allowed to join the team in its upcoming training camp and can participate in meetings and conditioning work. The league said once Gordon meets clinical requirements, he can take part in preseason activities, including practices and games.
- NFL Clears Manning in HGH Investigation
by Dayton Daily News July 2016
Former QB Peyton Manning and his wife were cleared by the NFL in a probe of human growth hormones and other illegal substances.
- Anti-Doping Leaders Petition IOC Boss to Ban Russia
by Christine Brennan July 2016
Pressure intensified Wednesday on the International Olympic Committee in the midst of one of the largest sports doping scandals ever when anti-doping leaders from 14 nations called upon IOC President Thomas Bach to ban Russia's Olympic committee and its athletes from the upcoming Rio Games.
- Opinion: State-Sponsored Doping Must Result in Ban
by Christine Brennan July 2016
Russian summer sports are dirty to their core, according to an independent World Anti-Doping Agency report issued Monday by Canadian attorney Richard McLaren. Russia just won the gold medal for doping: systemic, long-term, state-sponsored doping. This is Lance Armstrong times 100. Perhaps 1,000. The McLaren Report says Russia and its athletes are not to be trusted, that instead of promoting clean sport, as Russia signed on to do as a major player in the Olympic world, it has become the new East Germany.
- Marshall to Expand Football Game Sales of Beer, Wine
by Jake Jarvis July 2016
Fans with premium seats at Marshall University football games have been able to buy and drink alcohol for about 10 years, but a policy change Tuesday by the school's Board of Governors expanded the area where beer and wine can be purchased. Expanded alcohol sales is just one way the university sees to beef up its revenue.
- MLB Commish: Baseball's Drug Testing Best in Sports
by David Lennon July 2016
The day after Giancarlo Stanton's personal fireworks display lit up Petco Park in the Home Run Derby, commissioner Rob Manfred faced a volley of questions about Major League Baseball's sudden power surge, and what might be behind it. Stanton is one of the strongest players in the sport, at a chiseled 6-6, 245 pounds, and seeing him launch long drives over 450 feet is nothing new. But league-wide, teams are mashing home runs with much more frequency this season, one every 30.7 at-bats, down from 34.9 a year ago and 40.7 in 2014.