Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban won’t be an irritation for NBA Commissioner David Stern much longer, but before Stern retires, Cuban is going to keep pitching helpful ideas.
His latest suggestion? Researching the use of human growth hormone by athletes and rethinking whether it should be legal.
Cuban, in an email to USA Today Sports, wasn’t proposing that HGH be removed from the league’s list of banned substances. Rather, he wants more information and said as much in a Board of Governors meeting last month.
“The issue isn’t whether I think it should be used,” Cuban wrote in the email. “The issue is that it has not been approved for such use. And one of the reasons it hasn’t been approved is that there have not been studies done to prove the benefits of prescribing HGH for athletic rehabilitation or any injury rehabilitation that I’m aware of. The product has such a huge [public] stigma that no one wants to be associated with it.”
For Cuban, it’s simply of keeping the sport’s superstars healthy and playing.
“I believe that professional sports leagues should work together and fund studies to determine the efficacy of HGH for rehabbing an injury,” Cuban wrote USA Today. “Working together could lead us from the path of demonizing HGH and even testosterone towards a complete understanding. It could allow us to make a data based decision rather than the emotional decision we are currently making. And if it can help athletes recover more quickly, maybe we can extend careers and have healthier, happier players and fans.”
H/T Bleacher Report for the GIF