The more time passes, the less likely it seems anything will come of an Al Jazeera report implicating NFL players in PED use. As far as James Harrison is concerned, that story is already over.
Harrison, a five-time Pro Bowler, was among the many accomplished pro athletes whose name appeared in the December allegations. The source for that story later retracted his statements, but the NFL still intended to interview the Steelers linebacker as recently as June. After some pushback from Harrison, it appears no discussions are imminent.
“There’s nothing going on,” Harrison told Ed Bouchette for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Monday. “As far as I’m concerned, it’s a done deal.”
As for whether the NFL will continue to pursue its investigation, Harrison doesn’t know, nor does he seem to care.
“That’s something you might want to talk to them about,” Harrison said. “That’s it. I did what I had to do, my part. That’s it.”
Obviously, the league takes matters of performacne enhancing drugs very seriously, as it should. However, since the original Al Jazeera story broke, little to nothing in the way of hard evidence has been uncovered. The NFL actually cleared Peyton Manning of any wrongdoing, while Major League Baseball slugger Ryan Howard the news organization for defamation, a risky move if there is anything to hide.
It seems the NFL might be willing to let this go away. Harrison sounds like he would be happy to oblige.