Three of the four players accused of taking performance-enhancing drugs in a report by Al-Jazeera complied with the NFL and will meet with league investigators to discuss the accusations, according to a report from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison and Green Bay Packers linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers have all agreed to interview with the league after the NFL’s Senior Vice President of Labor Policy and League Affairs Adolpho Birch sent out a letter demanding the players provide testimony by Aug. 26 or face an indefinite suspension. The fourth alleged player, free agent defensive end Mike Neal, has not agreed to an interview, according to Mortensen.
Mortensen reports Harrison’s meeting with the NFL will be scheduled for Aug. 29 at the Steelers’ facility. Mortensen adds that Harrison has demanded specific conditions requiring the league to only ask about a specific section of the Al-Jazeera report that he was mentioned in. No word has been provided on when Matthews and Peppers will meet with the league.
Neal was particularly called out by Birch in the letter. Birch states the information Neal provided in a previous interview was “demonstrably false.”
The NFL wasn’t messing around when it dropped this ultimatum, and it appears the players have obliged. Now the question is whether the NFL can verify the report as true and if so, what the discipline would look like for each of these stars.