Players agree to interviews over PED
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[August 23, 2016]
Green Bay linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius
Peppers along with Pittsburgh’s James Harrison have agreed to meet with
NFLinvestigators regarding allegations of doping, the league said on its
website on Monday.
The NFL had set an Aug. 25 deadline for four players, including free
agent Mike Neal, to come forward for questioning or face possible
Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews (52) before playing
against the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship game at CenturyLink
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The accusation against the players was made in a report by Al
Jazeera America in December. Al Jazeera reported that a former
intern pharmacist told an undercover reporter that the four
players were supplied with performance enhancing drugs, along
with retired quarterback Peyton Manning.
The NFL has since cleared Manning of wrongdoing, and the
pharmacist later recanted his statement but the league is
investigating the report and said that multiple attempts had
been made to set up interviews with the accused players.
"I just agreed to it so they can get their little 23 seconds or
whatever,” Harrison told reporters. “They don’t have credible
evidence. Period. End of discussion.”
All four players had given written statements regarding the
report but the NFL said this was insufficient and demanded the
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter
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