Earlier this week, it was announced that a urine sample collector had helped Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller avoid PED detection for quite some time until Miller was caught cheating and suspended a few weeks back. The sample collector admitted he was ‘star struck’ and was all but taking bribes to alter the sample.
Now the NFL is concerned that more sample collectors may be following in the footsteps.
Per Pro Football Talk:
The same source who told PFT back in the middle of August that the league was treading lightly with the Von Miller case because of concerns regarding the sample collection process now tells PFT that the league is concerned that other collectors may have been engaged in similar misconduct. Another source tells PFT that those concerns are real and valid.
Coupled with the likelihood that the Miami-based collector who conspired with Miller may have helped other players provide clean urine, it’s clear that the NFL has a problem that mandates significant action. Ultimately, the entire mechanism for collecting urine may have to be revamped in order to ensure that these types of things won’t happen in the future.
The obvious answer is to alter the way the samples are taken, though, even then the honor system will almost always be involved at some point.
It’s another significant problem facing the NFL right now and one they need to figure out relatively quickly.