Lawmakers Urge For HGH Testing And Chewing Tobacco Ban In MLB
Two House Democrats are urging Major League Baseball to implement testing for human growth hormone and to ban chewing tobacco by players in uniform and public view, according to ESPN.
The requests were made by Reps. Henry Waxman of California and Frank Pallone of New Jersey in a letter that was sent to Commissioner Bud Selig and executive director of the players union Michael Weiner.
"These issues affect the integrity of the game, the health of your players, and most important, the health of teenagers who aspire to be like pro players," the congressmen wrote.
Last year, Waxman and Pallone held a hearing on smokeless tobacco and are making a push on tobacco and HGH as the MLB and union negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement, according to ESPN.
"The time to begin testing for HGH in baseball has arrived," the congressmen wrote, citing the use of blood testing for HGH in the Olympics. According to ESPN, the players union declined to comment on the letter and MLB did not immediately respond to a request for comment.