Matthews and Peppers Have Agreed to Be Bullied by NFL

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Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers

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.

When, exactly?

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.

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.

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9 Comments on "Matthews and Peppers Have Agreed to Be Bullied by NFL"

  1. Just Plain Me

    It’s not bullying “IF” it’s in their contracts to be interviewed by the NFL when necessary. Sounds to me two cheaters whining like a couple of girls because someone said something about them that hurt their precious feelings.

    • Yes. You are totally correct, JUST PLAIN ME.

      NFL doing their job the way they should. Possible drug use is a major concern. It effects the integrity of the game. Failure to investigate — and failure to give the players their chance to tell their side as well — would be negligent.

      Innocent people having nothing to fear and everything to gain by honestly answering questions. Guilty people, though they will always spin it differently and the gullible will believe them, resist cooperating in investigations. Literally, only the guilty do that. Handicapping an investigation is not noble, it is lowsy.

  2. PF4L

    It’s a good first step. I think there is a lot more to this story than meets the eye. There is a consensus that the NFL has something, we’ll know soon enough i guess.

    Also, it’s curious that Mike Neal doesn’t want any part of it, considering the fact he is the alleged tie between Riley and Sly concerning Clay and Julius. Mainly because Neal was a client in Riley’s now defunct business. But it maybe the simple fact, that Neal doesn’t see himself back in the NFL again, plus he got caught lying to the NFL, so he could care less. Maybe the league needs Neal to cooperate, to make the NFL’s case, and Neal is whipping them off, i’m good with that also.

    Maybe it’s as simple as the players meeting with and talking with the NFL and it’s over with that. I hope that’s the case. That’s what i’ve been calling for. But is it going down that simple? I’m just really happy it isn’t going to suspensions and the courts……..yet.

  3. I’ve been writing that there is only 3 possible outcomes to the players trying to stonewall the investigation. They would cave in anyway once threatened, or they would be suspended for some amount of time before caving in anyway, or they would never play again. Literally, those were the only options.

    Thinking they could hide their head in the sand and the investigation would go away was a fool’s dream. Anyone could see it would have to end this way. Now, I really doubt the NFL can prove anything at all or that there will be a definitive outcome for many reasons. Whether guilty or innocent they were absolute fools to think they could just not cooperate with a correct and proper and reasonable investigation and somehow be off the hook.

    They have caused distraction to their teams and have put a lasting stain of probable guilt upon themselves by this foolish pointless obviously doomed from the start attempt to handicap an investigation the NFLPA and all these players through the NFLPA have agreed to. Essentially Matthews, Peppers, and Harrison decided to try to not honor their signed agreement in order to cover up their cheating. They just dug the hole deeper and made things worse for themselves.

    For that, I am happy. They deserve this permanent stain. Why? 1. Because they are almost certainly guilty. 2. If they somehow are not guilty of the cheating then they are still guilty of stupidity and lacking honor.

    • Just Plain Me

      True. Very, very true. That definitely has to be the greatest response to this whole ordeal. #twothumbsup

    • PF4L

      Killer states that there are only 3 possible outcomes. Of course, all three are under the assumption of guilt.

      So what does this tell us?

      1) That killer is in no danger of anyone ever suggesting that he be judge in a court of law.

      2) That his job at the restaurant drive thru is safe and secure.

      • PF4L you are apparently the type of guy who thinks 2 + 2 = 97.

        Here is what I’ve been noting all along:

        “Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers are going to cave in and cooperate or they are going to punish themselves until they do (by forcing the NFL to suspend them) or they are going to effectively end their own careers. Those are the three options. Which one do you think they will/should pick?”

        You will notice — or, apparently you did not PF4L, that the three outcomes of the obstruction of investigation do not assume guilt. Other than the guilt of obstructing the investigation. Which they obviously and certainly are guilty of. Those were the only three possible outcomes of their resistance. They knew it also because they chose the lesser of the three — to cave in, end the silliness, finally “honor” their contractual agreement. It is funny: I knew it. They knew it. Seems like most Packer fans knew it because when I asked that questions repeatedly of which three options they would/should choose no one had the courage to answer and no one came up with a 4th option. If those were not the only three options what fourth option would you choose for them? Oh, and ritual suicide I do not consider a legitimate 4th option and I’m sure neither do they.

        These options do not assume guilt other than the guilt of the obstruction which is not assumed, it is a fact.

        This is really simple stuff and I don’t think a second grader would have a hard time understanding it. Yet, somehow, you did.

        PF4L, it is time for you to reveal the truth to the world:

        Which restaurant drive thru did you get terminated from on your 4th day? Was it because you added 2 + 2 and gave back 97 cents change?

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