Story by Kevin Patra
Three NFL players have agreed to meet league investigators regarding steroid allegations stemming from a December report by Al Jazeera America.
Green Bay Packers linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers along with Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison will acquiesce to NFL demands that the active players named in the report meet with investigators, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen first reported the news.
The NFL previously cleared recently retired quarterback Peyton Manning, also named in the report.
Earlier this week, the NFL threatened the players with potential suspensions under the conduct-detrimental clause of the collective bargaining agreement for failure to cooperate with the investigation.
Last month, the NFL rejected player affidavits as reasonable cooperation in the investigation, leading to the demand for in-person interviews.
In a letter from the NFL Players Association on behalf of Harrison, obtained by Rapoport, Harrison agreed to make himself available at 5 p.m. on August 29 at the Steelers‘ facility. In the statement, Harrison and the NFLPA “agree that this interview is occurring on a non-precedential basis” and reserve the right to fight any punishment stemming from the investigation.
NFL Media’s Aditi Kinkhabwala noted that Harrison relented to the interview because he doesn’t want to risk a suspension that could hurt the Steelers on the field.