National Football League demands
interviews with four players named in PED report
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[July 23, 2016]
(Reuters) - The National Football
League has rejected written statements from four players named in a
report alleging use of performance-enhancing drugs as sufficient
cooperation and will need to interview them, the league said on its
website on Friday.
Pittsburgh's James Harrison and Green Bay players Clay Matthews, Julius
Peppers and Mike Neal have given written statements regarding a December
report by Al Jazeera America that they received the illegal drugs from
an anti-aging clinic.
The NFL Players Association has argued that there should be no need to
interview someone based on an allegation that has no proven merit.
"The league responded to the union this afternoon confirming receipt of
written statements by Matthews, Peppers, Harrison and Mike Neal," the
NFL website cited an unnamed source as saying on Friday in a report.
"The league rejected the union's view that affidavits constitute
reasonable cooperation by the players and confirmed that they are
required to participate in in-person interviews."
The NFL will start with interviewing Neal, and plans to speak to
Harrison, Matthews and Peppers on the first day of their respective
The Al Jazeera report cited a former unpaid Guyer Institute intern
pharmacist, Charlie Sly, who allegedly spoke to an undercover reporter
working for the network.
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linebacker Clay Matthews (52) before playing against the Seattle
Seahawks in the NFC Championship game at CenturyLink Field.
Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Sly later recanted his statements about the players receiving the
drugs, and Harrison said he has never met him in an affidavit
obtained earlier this month.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; editing by Sudipto
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