James Harrison, Clay Matthews Suspended? Clarify Doping Allegations, NFL Says
NFL players James Harrison, Clay Matthews, Mike Neal and Julius Peppers will most likely face suspension on PED allegations. Steelers lineback Harrison, Green Bay Packers linebackers Clay Matthews and Peppers, and free-agent linebacker Neal have been named in an alleged doping scandal.Advertisement
If the players do not comply with the NFL probe and fail to set up an interview with the league, they will be suspended, 247Sports reports. Harrison, Clay and others have been given time till Aug.25 to appear before the league, USA Today reports.
According to an Al-Jazeera America report for television, these four players and many more professional athletes were provided with banned substances. It was alleged that the players including Harrison, Clay and also Peyton Manning, the retired quarterback were provided with HGH (human growth hormone).
An intern at an anti-aging clinic, named Charlie Sly, accused the athletes of receiving shipments of drugs but later denied the story. Besides, USA Today published a letter that NFL senior vice president of labor policy and league affairs Adolpho Birch sent to the league Players Association on Monday.
Birch alleged that Harrison, Clay, Peppers and Neal were taking performance-enhancing drugs. He added that the league made “at least seven attempts” to arrange the interviews.
However, the NFLPA in its response has given the league prepared statements for the players, which the NFL is using as sworn statements. But, according to the league, Neal’s statement appeared to be “demonstrably false.”
All the four players have so far refused to be called for an interview with the league “without being presented with what they have called credible evidence.”
However, probe on Manning, who was cited in the doping report in December has been closed, Chicago Tribune reports. The NFL announced this in July, staying that the retired quarterback has given interviews and provided all records sought by league investigators.