WASHINGTON - Washington Redskins offensive tackle Jon Jansen will meet soon with NFL officials to discuss his allegations that a number of NFL players use human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing substances.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Tuesday in New York that a date for the meeting had not been set. He said the meeting would not involve commissioner Roger Goodell, but would be with those involved with the league’s drug-testing program.
Jansen said last week on HBO’s “Costas Now” that “maybe 15, 20 percent” of the league’s players use illegal performance-enhancers. He later backed down a bit, saying: “What I meant by it was a small number of players. Being a football player, I’m not real good at math. When you do the numbers, it sounds like a bigger percentage than it really is. I meant it was a small percentage of guys.”
Jansen did have strong comments about HGH, for which there is no reliable test. He said he knows of no Redskins teammates who use it, “but other guys have talked about what goes on in other places.”
“When there is something out there that people believe is going to help them, we’d be very naive and foolish to think that if you can’t test for it, guys are going to try it,” Jansen said. “Right now there is not a test for human growth hormone, and when they develop that, I hope the NFL will institute that in our drug policy.”
“Any time somebody makes comments like that, it’s our obligation and responsibility to review it and understand it,” he told the Washington Post.
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