James Harrison tried documenting his drug test, but the NFL stopped him

James Harrison has played in the NFL for 13 seasons, making five Pro Bowls and running up at least $150,000 worth of fines since 2010. As a 38-year-old who’s getting ready for yet another season, he was selected by the NFL for a random performance-enhancing drug test on Tuesday. But after the tester arrived at his home to retrieve Harrison’s urine sample, Harrison insisted on video recording the process.

The tester said no and so did the tester’s boss, and after a while, the league said it wouldn’t test him if he didn’t put away his phone, meaning he would fail the test and get suspended. So, Harrison put away his phone. 

But not before he posted the interactions to his Instagram page.

Today the NFL came to my house for another “random ped test.” I was gonna record it like last time but…..

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Ryan Willis, the director of the PED program at Drug Free Sports that does testing for the league didn’t want to talk on camera.

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I called the @NFLPA to find out what was going on. I guess maybe we’ll find out more tomorrow. Lol. Goodnight

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All of this was slightly strange, because three months ago, Harrison had recorded his random urine test.

Random PED test first thing this am! Shorts to the ankles like you did as a kid!

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PED testing

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As Harrison later wrote on Instagram, “To clarify—I never have a problem being tested. I wasn’t videoing the test because I was suspicious of the process. I was only videoing leading up to the actual test to post it on IG for what I think is interesting behind the scenes content for the fans, which I had done when I was tested earlier this year, with no notice of wrongdoing. If the league can invade our space and interrupt our preseason training with shows like Hard Knocks because it’s interesting behind the scenes content for the fans, why can’t I post this?”

It’s a question that has not yet been answered by the NFL.

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.