Pittsburgh Steelers LB James Harrison Sets Parameters For NFL Interview
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is one of several players that the NFL would like to interview in connection with Al-Jazeera’s December report, linking athletes to performance-enhancing drugs.
Along with Harrison’s alleged connection, Green Bay’s Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, and free agent Mike Neal are scheduled to meet with the NFL next month as well. Harrison, however, has a few stipulations before committing to any interview.
Harrison spoke out via an Instagram post Sunday night with his terms. Stating, the meeting is to take place at his house before the commencement of training camp, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell must be in attendance for the interview.
Harrison also posted a copy of the NFL’s letter to him regarding the scheduling of the interview, July 28.
The December report alleged Harrison, Matthews, Peppers and Neal received shipments of a new performance-enhancing drug called Delta-2 from a “pharmacist.”
Harrison of course denied the reports, which led to his agreeing to an interview on his terms. This also resulted in Charlie Sly, the individual claiming the allegations, to recant said allegations.
The NFL Players Association responded to the league’s letter:
“The NFL has chosen to initiate an investigation of these players based upon now-recanted statements that appeared in an Al-Jazeera report. The NFLPA requested from the NFL any additional evidence supporting an investigation of the players; the NFL did not provide any such evidence, nor did they inform the NFL PA or the players that any such evidence exists.”
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