Green Bay Packers linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, along with Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, have caved. Under threat of NFL suspension, they have been bullied into agreeing to meet with NFL investigators.
Good job, NFL! You got your way! Great work!
These interviews stem from a league investigation into a PED report filed by Al Jazeera in December. You already know that, though. We’re not going to keep rehashing how this bullshit came about. It’s tiring and although we think the NFL should go fuck themselves, at least now it should finally be over.
Harrison has agreed to speak with the league on August 29. We do not yet know when Peppers or Matthews will do so.
The centerpiece of the Al Jazeera report, former Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, already met with the NFL’s investigators and was cleared in July.
Interestingly, the fourth guy the league is still after — former Packers linebacker Mike Neal — has reportedly not agreed to an interview.
Mike Neal, a free agent, has not yet agreed to meet with NFL, as other players have re: Al Jazeera report.
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) August 18, 2016
Neal remains a free agent. He’s also the only player implicated in this report who has a past PED suspension.
When the NFL threatened the suspensions, the league sent a letter to the NFLPA saying Neal made untrue statements in a letter that he submitted to investigators.
Go ahead and draw your own conclusions there.