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by: Esteban On  Wednesday, May 18, 2016

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Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison was subjected to a “random” drug test on Tuesday, the same day he posted an Instagram photo of a new workout supplement he was endorsing. Just like previous drug tests, Harrison tried to record this one. However, this time around he was told that he could not record it. Moreover, Harrison claims the person administering the test said if he did record the test, it would be declared positive regardless of the actual results.

It’s unclear exactly why Harrison wanted to record the drug test. Harrison has been tested multiple times in the past and has never failed a test, but he probably wants to document every step of the process just in case something ever goes wrong. Which is understandable.

What’s less understandable is why the NFL’s drug testing policy would not allow players to record the tests. The players are the ones having their privacy impinged upon. If they want to record the test, it’s hard to see how that could undermine the integrity of the process.

As for Harrison, while he did not end up recording the actual test, he did record a series of videos documenting his ordeal. It’s in the first two that Harrison says tester Ryan Willis told him it would count as positive if he tried to record the test.

Take a look:

Today the NFL came to my house for another “random ped test.” I was gonna record it like last time but…..

A video posted by James Harrison (@jhharrison92) on

The next video makes it pretty clear that Ryan Willis was not trying to blackmail Harrison, but rather just trying to follow the rules. In the caption Harrison explains that he decided to just take the test without recording because he heard that the last guy who did let him record it was fired.

In the final video, Harrison says he talked to his NFLPA rep, who put him in touch with a lawyer who specializes in NFL drug testing policy.

I called the @NFLPA to find out what was going on. I guess maybe we’ll find out more tomorrow. Lol. Goodnight

A video posted by James Harrison (@jhharrison92) on

Hopefully that lawyer will be able to shed some light on this situation and explain why players can’t record the drug testing process.

Hat Tip – [Fan Sided]



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