Sunday, October 7, 2007
Sources: Broncos' Henry wants to hand over hair sample, take lie detector test
By Chris Mortensen
Denver Broncos running back Travis Henry wants to submit a hair sample and also take a lie detector test to prove that a league administered drug test gave a false positive that could lead to a year-long suspension, sources close to the Broncos and the player told ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
Henry has been adamant that he has been clean and he has filed a lawsuit in a New York state court to prevent the league from suspending him as a three-time violator of league's drug policy.
Henry's attorneys want the court to intervene for a number of reasons and hope that a hair sample will prove his innocence. However, the NFL wants the case moved to a federal jurisdiction because the drug policy is collectively bargained with the players union with federal court approval. The policy also does not allow hair samples.
The lie detector's test would be for the club's discretion. The Broncos have routinely asked players to submit to the test and Henry plans to do so this coming week, sources said.
Henry also wants his own handpicked expert to observe the testing of the "B" bottle, a split of the urine that was collected by the league. Under the policy, though, the B sample needs only to confirm that the banned substance is present -- even if the levels of the substance are lower than the A sample, it won't change the result of a positive test.
Chris Mortensen covers the NFL for ESPN.