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The News Argus, September 1982, Page 7
Right or Wrong?
While NFL owners and players fight over what constitutes a fair share of revenue for
players, urinalysis testing of players to detect drug abuse are in the minds of the foot
The NFL players consider the test dehumanizing. The owners want to test the
players league-wide. They have the right to do so. The law gives them this right.
Gene Upshaw, All-Pro Offensive Guard for the L.A. Raiders and president of the
NFL Players Association, says, “Our players would never agree to urinalysis. Testing
would only detect the users, it would not solve the problem.” He also considers testing
by urinalysis “an invasion of privacy”, and most players agree.
NFL clubs have always had the right to conduct such tests under paragraph 8 of the
Standard Player Contract. In this particular clause, the player agrees to keep himself
in good physical condition and to inform team doctors of any physical problems. The
NFL clubs are not sold on the urinalysis test as the primary method in drug detection,
but experts say it is the most accurate means of testing.
The most puzzling thing about the rejection of the unne test by the players is that
they do not want any detection device. Other sports, such as tennis, swimming and box
ing have used urinalysis tests for years. These athletes have never refused the test.
The Players Association has placed a proposal for player coi^eling and rehabilita
tion on the bargaining table. However owners will not hear of it.
Obviously, the representatives are trying to protect their players. Many confused
drug users have already been exhibited for admitting they had a problem. Players
claim they need a comprehensive program to deal with the root of the problem, not a
publicity stunt featuring urinalysis. Greg Pruitt, who plays for the L.A. Raider? of the
NFL, says, “If the players have nothing to hide, why worry about urinalysis?”
How many lives and families of the players will be ruined if urinalysis tests are
taken? If tests are not taken how can rehabilitation begin for the drug abuser who
thinks he uses drugs in moderation, when he has a $2000 a week habit. Many cigarette
smokers, and pot smokers alike, do not admit they have a psychological ne^ until they
find themselves actually smoking without wanting to do so.
Action must be taken now before we lose respect for one of America s favorite
pastimes, and present day motivators of ouf youth.
If you have any respwnses, write them down and send them to Malcolni Pharr, Spoi^
Editor-News Argus. The office is located in the basement of the Alumni Building. The
responses will be read, and yours may appear in the next issue of the paper.
Pete Rose of the Phillies is the only switch-hitter among the 15 ma
jor leaguers who have 3,000 or more hits in their career.
Milwaukee’s Rollie Fingers was the fir^^,
American League history to win the Most Valuable Player Award.
He won it in 1981.
The Dodeers’ Fernando Valenzuela is the first pitcher to win the
Cy Younrfward a^^^^ of the Year in the same year. He won
^^A?corS' to Figgie International’s Rawlings Sporting Go^
Company, a total ff seven teamsj^ad ^ the
Dodgers and the Yankees who played m the 1981 World beries.
Sept. 30-Gct. 1 “The InHuence”
A Drama Guild Play
Oct. 6 Career Exploration Day
Oct. 6 Lyceum Program
Oct. 7 Mr. Ram Pageant
Oct. 8 Business/Industry
8 Sun God
11, Beast of
16 Title of
Appear to be
Port of to be
5. Book of mops
9. Nat»ve of As»o
12 Mole deer
i7 Soke in oven
24 Club fees
33 A spice
34 Coral island
37 Grope refuse
40 Mokes loce '
43. River (Sp.)
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