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Pittsburgh Steelers LB James Harrison Sets Parameters For NFL Interview


Chris Galiszewski
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison will interview with the NFL, but on his terms. | Photo Credit: espn.go.com

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.

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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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I don't blame Harrison for standing his ground like this (and wouldn't be surprised if others follow his lead). 

The NFL has never had a good history of investigating anything, especially under the Goodell era. From Bounty Gate, to the concussion links, to Ray Rice; the NFL investigating itself leads to headaches, misinformation, and a botched summary of what may or may not have went on. 

The Al-Jazeera Report, for all we know, may actually be credible, but we have yet to find prove against any and all of their claims. The main focus of their investigation, Dr. Sly, recanted his statements about who (Manning, Harrison, Matthews, and several others) was taking what. But at the same time, you cannot accept those recanted statements without questioning why he made them. Was he really recanting them for the good of the reputations of Manning and the lot, or was he doing it in fear of backlash from the players, the league, or anyone else? 

Still, Harrison is innocent until proven guilty. He and the PA need to have Goodell present as well as representatives present if the league is to conduct this investigation themselves. I personally think it should be outsourced to an independent team, but that's just me. 

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I'm hoping the NFL follows the stipulations laid down by Harrison for his interview. Not that they are under any obligation to do so. It would just be funny to see him and Goodell in the same room, given the words Harrison has said about him in the past.

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The NFL needs to perform a gut check on themselves before they can expect to hold players accountable to any set of standards.  The recent events that have unfolded from their attempts to influence the decisions of Congress regarding the concussion research studies, to the punishments they have inflicted on their players really warrant systematic flush of key officials running the league.

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Just now, Rob Luke Jr. said:

The NFL needs to perform a gut check on themselves before they can expect to hold players accountable to any set of standards.  The recent events that have unfolded from their attempts to influence the decisions of Congress regarding the concussion research studies, to the punishments they have inflicted on their players really warrant systematic flush of key officials running the league.

Actions reflects leadership!!!

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On July 12, 2016 at 6:06 PM, James Reagan said:

I'm hoping the NFL follows the stipulations laid down by Harrison for his interview. Not that they are under any obligation to do so. It would just be funny to see him and Goodell in the same room, given the words Harrison has said about him in the past.

It would be amazing! 

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On 7/12/2016 at 6:06 PM, James Reagan said:

I'm hoping the NFL follows the stipulations laid down by Harrison for his interview. Not that they are under any obligation to do so. It would just be funny to see him and Goodell in the same room, given the words Harrison has said about him in the past.

What I would give to be a fly on that wall. 

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