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Confidential Drug Testing Merely NFL Lip Service?

May 17, 1986

If anyone wonders why the athletes' unions resist random drug testing, get in touch with James FitzPatrick. The NFL sanctimoniously labels its testing program as confidential. The NFL's definition of confidential is that if an athlete tests positive, the headlines on Page 1 of the sports section are only normal sized, not extra large.

Gene Upshaw, Donald Fehr and Larry Fleisher have earned my respect by standing tall for "probable cause" and not being stampeded by the hysteria of the moment.

RICHARD M. ALVAREZ

San Bernardino

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