Issa Likens Steroid Use in NFL to Speeding

By Melanie Arter | December 12, 2012 | 3:54 PM EST

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R.-Calif.) (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

( Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform, on Wednesday likened steroid use to speeding during a hearing on the issue of how the NFL should test players for human growth hormones (HGH).

“I think the gentleman makes a good point that this test at best will be a little bit like police out on the freeway with radar guns. The vast majority of people drive over the speed limit and do not encounter a policeman, but on occasion they do, and the accuracy of the radar gun sadly is quite good,” Issa said.

“And Mister Chairman, I would also add to that if you are charged, it is not a defense in the court of law to say, ‘Well everyone else is doing it too,’” Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-Va.), a member of the House panel, said.

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“Exactly, the gentleman’s correct,” Issa said.

“That analogy, it’s a very good analogy with the speed, and everyone else, as you know, will slow down when that person is caught on the side,” said Dr. Linn Goldberg, medical professor and human performance laboratory director at the Oregon Health Sciences University, who testified at the hearing.

“Nothing slows you down more than those flashing lights with the other guy,” Issa said.

“But then go down the road three more miles, and they’re all speeding again,” Goldberg pointed out.

“The gentleman is correct. Of course, no one in this audience is suggesting that police stop looking for speeders,” Issa said.