In light of the recent revelations about the use of cocaine in the National Football League, The Washington Post interviewed a number of players about their feelings on the potential use of urinalysis tests to determine drug use. Their responses:
Bert Jones, quarterback, Los Angeles Rams--"I don't care. I don't think it's necessary. It won't bother me. I don't think the ballclubs particularly want it. Historically, football players have been given different drugs to heal. I'm not sure management wants people to know what they're taking. I doubt management will allow it. Of course, Bute is against the law for horses in Maryland. The Colts have prescribed it numerous times."
Robin Cole, linebacker, Pittsburgh Steelers--"I won't consent to it. I'm not on drugs and I don't drink much, either . . . It's all right to take elementary school children and treat 'em that way. But you're talking about men."
Lynn Swann, wide receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers--"I don't think I'd be adverse to it. I don't think they can go in and do the whole team . . . Our Olympic athletes have to go through urinalysis . . . If they abuse it, it will be an invasion of privacy. I'm not in favor of using it as a method of intimidation."
Joe Washington, running back, Washington Redskins--"I don't think it should be done. As far as policing it, I don't think it's something the NFL should do. These are grown men. You don't find them policing doctors and lawyers. Why should they make a special effort for us?"
Rich Milot, linebacker, Washington Redskins--"I wouldn't care. I'm not totally against it. Other companies do it. Owners have a lot of money tied up in players. I don't think it's unreasonable. I'd submit, no problem. Others, it would bother. But they should definitely tell you (the test is going to be performed). I don't know how effective it would be."
Joe Theismann, quarterback, Washington Redskins--"I don't have any problem with urinalysis. If it means cleaning up the game, then I'm all for it . . . I would not like to see an overreaction to the situation. An overreaction would be every time you play, you have to have a urinalysis."