This, as one might anticipate, went over like a ton of bricks.
Rick Violette would suggest blackjack players should pay for surveillance cameras to detect cheating by dealers at casinos. #violette
— Beychok Racing (@BeychokRacing) June 25, 2014
Hey Rick Violette, I'll help pay for testing if you pay for my PPs, parking, admission, and buy me a beer when I get to the track.Among others.
— Mike Hunt (@TheRaiderFan) June 25, 2014
Mr. Violette might find this anger unwarranted. However, since he speaks about football and concussions in the interview, what would he think would happen if someone in power in the NFL said "fans get a better product if our players have fewer concussions, so we're going to raise ticket prices $10 at every stadium to help pay for concussion testing."
Fans would be justifiably upset. The NFL is an $8 billion dollar league. They should find some money to pay for their athletes and the good of the game of football themselves from that $8 billion.
Horse racing, through slots, revenues from betting, grants, admission, ADW taxes, fees for horses and licensing, and a number of other avenues, raises about $2 billion in revenue. Like the NFL, they already have revenue to pay for this themselves. They should use it for drug testing. There's clearly plenty of money for it.