NFL has no comment on James Harrison’s interview “stipulations”

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Steelers linebacker James Harrison has expressed a willingness to be interviewed in connection with the NFL’s Al Jazeera-fueled PED investigation, subject to certain stipulations. Those stipulations include doing the interview: (1) at Harrison’s home; and (2) with Commissioner Roger Goodell present.

The NFL has told PFT via email that it has no comment on Harrison’s comments.

The league may have plenty to say if Harrison ultimately refuses to be interviewed if his stipulations aren’t met, as they likely won’t be. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension supposedly arose, at least in part, from his obstruction of the league’s investigation.

The league also could conclude that Harrison violated the PED policy, in the absence of a denial from Harrison that he violated the PED policy.

Here’s where it gets complicated, and also potentially fascinating. A PED suspension would be subject to appeal under the PED policy, which as of 2014 incorporates neutral arbitration. A suspension for obstructing an NFL investigation arguably would fall under Article 46 of the labor deal, which allows the Commissioner to have final say over all matters that potentially threaten the integrity of the game.

Either way, Harrison won’t be able to stonewall without consequence. The specific consequence eventually will be determined, possibly in court.

51 responses to “NFL has no comment on James Harrison’s interview “stipulations”

  1. Much as the media would love the drama of a pi–ing contest, I don’t the the NFL engaging in trading threats with Harrison just because he felt the need to sound his primeval yawp.

    Frankly, I’m wondering how this will affect his prospects at a coaching job after he’s done playing.

  2. Is this the dude that said he wouldn’t pee on Goodell if he were on fire? Doubtful they’ll shake hands any time soon!

  3. I want to know how Mrs. HGH Manning kept that NFL PED Banned Substance away from Peyton who had neck surgery.

    Eli said: “Peyton couldn’t throw for a high school football team.”

    Next thing you know – ( Needle Needle on the Wall who is the best QB of them all ) – Peyton sets TD NFL Record.

    Goodel & the NFL love to get us to focus on these Red Herring players anyway.

    Now, on a more important issue, has the Appeals Court accepted the appeal by Team Brady over that HORRIBLE & VIOLENT abuse of 0.5 PSI ???

  4. You watch, we are going to see a Jose Canseco type emerge from the NFL. Someone will get caught using PED’s and decide to blow the whistle on all the guys he knows are using them.
    In the end, that will be the best thing which could happen, just as it was in baseball. Even though Canseco is a bad guy, he was the best thing that happened out of the steroid era. Without him, baseball would never had to open up about the magnitude of the problem they knew they had.
    Let’s face it. There are players on every team using them and there are players on every team who know who they are.
    When the right guy gets caught, everyone will know who they are because he’ll decide to throw them under the bus.

  5. Oh yes, another unsubstantiated allegation. Lets call Ted up, and start another ‘independent’ investigation. Jeff has already written the desired results.

  6. It’s all perspective. Us folks in LA love Goodall, he undid a 21 year wrong and helped bring back the LA Rams! He is telling people that steroids are bad and you give him a hard time, winners! The Patriots have been cheating or really heavily bending the rules for a long time and he is putting an end to it, get over it. I was in Boston when the QB was Bledsoe and no one gave two cents about that team. NE NFL’s biggest whinny bandwagon fans. they love their teams when they are winning but the minute they sink they jump ship, i.e. Celtics, in 2009/2010 they were the hot topic, not os much anymore. They make fun of good weather cities being bandwagons, North Easterners are no better, tired of you whinny East Coasters. Commish is a good guy, fights the tough fight. Sucks turds can’t see that.

  7. If some of you, including MF, would refer to what the NFLPA and the attorney for Harrison has had to say, at least a few would see the NFL doesn’t look good, again. And there is very little likelihood this can be decided on “integrity” as has been indicated. That is VERY little.

  8. Better keep your cell phone with all your personal communications handy! Get ready to have your live leaked…

  9. It’s all perspective. Us folks in LA love Goodall, he undid a 21 year wrong and helped bring back the LA Rams! He is telling people that steroids are bad and you give him a hard time, winners! The Patriots have been cheating or really heavily bending the rules for a long time and he is putting an end to it, get over it. I was in Boston when the QB was Bledsoe and no one gave two cents about that team. NE NFL’s biggest whinny bandwagon fans. they love their teams when they are winning but the minute they sink they jump ship, i.e. Celtics, in 2009/2010 they were the hot topic, not os much anymore. They make fun of good weather cities being bandwagons, North Easterners are no better, tired of you whinny East Coasters. Commish is a good guy, fights the tough fight. Sucks turds can’t see that.
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    It’s a good thing you moved away from the northeast then. Boston fans are among the most diehard and loyal in the world. You LA plebs are laughable. We don’t jump ship at all. We are just so used to winning in every professional spot that we hold our teams to a very high bar. You wouldn’t understand…..you probably go to games in LA for the cameras.

    I say this while laughing since I know you can’t do it, but please provide proof of the patriots cheating “for a long time”. Your lack of basic facts and biased innuendo is laughable. Enjoy the laughing stock of what will be the LA Rams.

  10. It’s a good thing you moved away from the northeast then. Boston fans are among the most diehard and loyal in the world. You LA plebs are laughable. We don’t jump ship at all. We are just so used to winning in every professional spot that we hold our teams to a very high bar. You wouldn’t understand…..you probably go to games in LA for the cameras.

    I say this while laughing since I know you can’t do it, but please provide proof of the patriots cheating “for a long time”. Your lack of basic facts and biased innuendo is laughable. Enjoy the laughing stock of what will be the LA Rams.

    Dodgers have not won anything, one of the highest attendance in Pro Sports still. Lakers fell of the earth, games sold out. Clippers, never have done anything, sell out games. USC and UCLA will be playing on the same day with a combined attendance of over a 150k fans, we are loyal.

    Im glad to be out doom and gloom Boston, racist city anyway.

    Proof is all over the place, look it up om Google. Typical boston, fan loud and proud. tell your family and friends to stop moving out west we don’t want you here. Stay in that miserable hole of yours.

    You guys are not loyal to your teams, thats just ESPn telling you cause they are based out of guess where New England.

  11. Not smart to let Goodell know where you live … and destroy that phone before it’s all over the internet.

  12. nsm70….The Patriots have sold out every game since 1994 1 year after Bledsoe arrived in New England. If HGH was sent to Giselle Brady would already have a lifetime ban. The Celtics sell out every game and are one of the rising teams in the NBA..the Lakers not so much. We have history and culture…L.A. again not so much

  13. Frankly, I’m wondering how this will affect his prospects at a coaching job after he’s done playing.
    ———————————————
    Well, for the Steeler organization being a cheating d-bag is a plus so he should have no trouble staying on with them.

  14. For the NFL to want to meet with Harrison when camps open INSTEAD of now, when the player isn’t doing anything?

    I don’t find it an unreasonable request to insist on having the interview at his home, because Harrison shouldnt have to any practice time over allegations.

    Quite simply, all Harrison has to say is, “Have I ever failed a test?”

    PS – Careful Roger. The dogs DO bite!

  15. Evidence of Patriots cheating – ???? – ANYONE

    Spy-Gate = NFL Legal use of camera from a position that the NFL changed but did not make it to the Official NFL Rule book until AFTER Spy-Gate.

    Deflate-Gate = NFL Rule 17 Approved footballs that were, and are, subject to SCIENCE – WEATHER – NATURE’S PSI Drop (Cold Temps vs Hot Temps = DUH!!!)

    Evidence Please

  16. nsm70 says:
    Jun 27, 2016 10:33 AM
    It’s all perspective. Us folks in LA love Goodall, he undid a 21 year wrong and helped bring back the LA Rams! He is telling people that steroids are bad and you give him a hard time, winners! The Patriots have been cheating or really heavily bending the rules for a long time and he is putting an end to it, get over it. I was in Boston when the QB was Bledsoe and no one gave two cents about that team. NE NFL’s biggest whinny bandwagon fans. they love their teams when they are winning but the minute they sink they jump ship, i.e. Celtics, in 2009/2010 they were the hot topic, not os much anymore. They make fun of good weather cities being bandwagons, North Easterners are no better, tired of you whinny East Coasters. Commish is a good guy, fights the tough fight. Sucks turds can’t see that.

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    What are you talking about? You are making no sense.

    Someone gave you a computer and an internet connection?

    New Englanders have been supporting the patriots for the 30 years that they sucked. During this time we (as fans) had nothing to cheer about. We had to hold our heads in shame and pray for the draft and look forward to next year. Year after year.

    Now since we have Brady and a brief history of winning. We have something to cheer about.

    And I am guessing you never read the wells report nor the spygate report so there is no use to even going into it.

  17. Harrison has made it clear that if they set Goodell on fire, he still won’t give a urine sample.

  18. nsm70 – you lost your pathetic argument once you threw out the race card. You live in LA…….no history of racism there I assume?

    I was simply responding to your ludicrous comment, yet I am the loudmouth, arrogant Boston fan.

    By the way, the Red Sox did not win jack before 2004. Yet, year in and year out the games were sold out and fans stuck by the team as they continue to do. The same goes for the Celtics, Bruins, and Pats. Nice try though.

  19. chuckshontaspads:

    You have to go back to 2013 to find when the Celtics averaged 100% attendance. What does it say about a team that sells their tickets but people don’t attend?

    As for the Patriots, they have a great run of selling out their stadium. Except for last year, where the team averaged 97%. Remind me, what year was it that Brady got off to a cold start again? What do you call a fan who shows up when the team is winning but doesn’t show up when the team is losing?

  20. Harrison’s additional caveats are that the interview
    to take place at his house, during one of his 4 AM
    workouts. Where he plans to show Goodell his
    maniacal work out regime.

    Then put the Commish on the bench, where he will place
    a 400 lb barbell on Goodell’s chest and leave him there
    until he apologizes for fining and suspending Deebo
    for playing in a manner which earned him Defensive player of
    the Year only couple of years before.

    Then he’ll turn and sneer at the rest of the suits present,
    and say, he’ll take out the first fool who helps the crushed,
    breathless, repentant Commish.

    I don’t think he’ll pizz on on him though.

  21. Chicagobtech…Don’t know where those stats come from..again the Patriots have sold out every game since 1994 and have a 50,000 person wait list for season tickets. Sorry the Celtics, Bruins and Red Sox “Virtually’ sell out every game…don’t think you can say that about Chicago or L.A. with 4 times the population of Boston.

  22. This guy’s career was practically dead in the water a couple of years ago. He very easily could have discovered the “fountain of youth” #livestrong James.

  23. Steelers have a culture of steroid use.
    Patriots have a culture of cheating.
    Water is wet.
    The sun will rise in the east and set in the west.

    Everyone knows these things to be true day in, day out.

  24. @pastabelly – Only time Harrison was a non-factor
    was the year he spent with the Bengals, who didn’t
    know how to use him. They foolishly didn’t play him
    because they felt he didn’t fit their system.
    Why sign him in the first place?

    He was a strong influence on their locker room though.

  25. clipper522 says:
    Jun 27, 2016 11:55 AM
    Steelers have a culture of steroid use.
    Patriots have a culture of cheating.
    Water is wet.
    The sun will rise in the east and set in the west.

    Everyone knows these things to be true day in, day out.

    —————
    Translation: “My team stinks. I can’t blame my owner, my coach or my team’s players so I need excuses to make me feel better….”

  26. Old, washed up and doped up, with a history of ‘roid rage on the field and he wants to make demands about being interviewed. I think this is an easy one… No suspension, no fines, no penalty. Except,…. you don’t get to play until you adequately answer our questions. Damn that was easy. I could be commissioner.

  27. Will he be lying in bed with all his guns, when Roger arrives??? While the pit bulls out back bark up a storm? Might as well keep it real, whatever that means..

  28. Why cant it be the 70’s/80’s again so I could just read football stories about football?

  29. @nhpats
    TWICE fined and docked draft picks for cheating
    Your coach has been fined for cheating
    Your owner has been fined for cheating
    Your QB has been suspended for cheating
    Translation , just stick your head in the sand ( like belicheat did when his serial killer tight end was shooting up half of boston) and it will go away.

  30. Why does Harrison make everything difficult and have to always be the contrarian?
    His dislike for Goodell is known, but he wants to host him in his home? He knows Roger isn’t coming to his house. He’s finally on the spot for PED use and now he’s squirming. Shame, too, because he’s one of the athletes who know how to cycle on and off roids without getting busted.
    He couldn’t take a piss test this year without trying to tape it and now he throws up conditions that he knows won’t be met. Guy is at the end of his career and now he’s trying to have everything on his own terms. Why fight so hard if you’re clean James?

  31. TWICE fined and docked draft picks for WINNING and beating the Jets, Colts, Ravens & Your Team Your coach has been fined for SMARTER then Your Coach and Knowing the actual Rules
    Your owner has been fined for being SUCKERED by Goodel & wanting to bring a quick end to FRAME -GATE
    Your QB has been suspended for KNOWING the RULES and for being the G.O.A.T. that continually beats the Jets, Colts, Ravens & Your Team

    Translation , just keep your head up Goodel and drink the NFL mantra = Patriots Cheat to WIN

  32. nsm70 says:
    Jun 27, 2016 10:33 AM
    It’s all perspective. Us folks in LA love Goodall, he undid a 21 year wrong and helped bring back the LA Rams!
    —————————————-

    He didn’t undo anything, Stan Kroenke’s $ did. Goodell did as he was told. As for it being a wrong that the Rams left, if they had been supported they wouldn’t have. Same with the Chargers and the Raiders. Three AFL/NFL teams left LA due to lack of support, so tell us again what great pro football fans LA has.
    I’ve been a Pat’s season ticket holder since ’82. For a generation we supported the team and suffered through the no money Sullivans, the con man Kiam and the carpetbagger Orthwein before Kraft bought the team in ’94. There has been a waiting list for season tickets ever since, if you lived here you would know that and you’d know why. Boston fans are such bandwagon jumpers that the Sox went 86 years without a WS championship and were sitting pretty anyway. The Bruins played to near capacity despite a 39 year drought, the Celts had 20 years of basic irrelevance but were still pulling 90% crowds.
    All while we paid among the highest ticket prices in each sport to attend games in our PRIVATELY financed stadiums.
    There are three major passions here, sports, politics and revenge and not necessarily in that order.

  33. nickster31 says:

    Quite simply, all Harrison has to say is, “Have I ever failed a test?”
    =====================================

    Like Lance Armstrong?

  34. I told the IRS I would gladly submit to their audit, as long as it was conducted aboard the International Space Station.

  35. Moudabo says:
    Jun 27, 2016 12:00 PM
    @pastabelly – Only time Harrison was a non-factor
    was the year he spent with the Bengals, who didn’t
    know how to use him. They foolishly didn’t play him
    because they felt he didn’t fit their system.
    Why sign him in the first place?

    He was a strong influence on their locker room though.
    =======================================
    Looking at his stats, you would seem to be correct. His year with the Bengals was awful and his production since returning hasn’t approached his dominating 2007 – 2010 seasons. It doesn’t mean that he’s clean, but it doesn’t make him dirty either.

  36. nsm70 says:
    Jun 27, 2016 10:33 AM
    I was in Boston when the QB was Bledsoe and no one gave two cents about that team.
    ————————————-
    Really? Because they’ve sold out every game since 1994, and Bledsoe was drafted in 1993. Clearly they did care…

  37. I think stating that Harrison could be found to have violated the PED policy is stretching it a little bit. Since the Al Jazeera piece came out, he has been getting tested regularly. And passing that test, regularly.

  38. If he played for the PATs, he would of already smashed his phone and nicknamed a guy on the team the PED-o-later, because he recently took up riding a bike. Then proclaimed his innocence!

  39. This is the same guy that said he would not go to the White House when they won superbowls. The president was supposed to come to him. This is no different than what he has done his whole
    Career. He just really likes being at home!

  40. simplec72 says:
    Jun 27, 2016 2:26 PM

    If he played for the PATs, he would of already smashed his phone and nicknamed a guy on the team the PED-o-later, because he recently took up riding a bike. Then proclaimed his innocence!
    ————————

    So, if James Harrison played for the Patriots, he would take up riding a bike, just so he could nickname a teammate PED-o-later?

    That makes no sense.

  41. So, if James Harrison played for the Patriots, he would take up riding a bike, just so he could nickname a teammate PED-o-later?

    That makes no sense.

    1 0 As a Pat’s fan with a sense of humor of a rock of course it won’t make sense, but then nothing does to you if it puts shade on your Cheaties…..relax have a snickers and keep looking for your sense of humor.

    If Harrison is using then the NFL testing must be very bad. Maybe they should keep the samples until better tests come a long so all the trolls in their later years can mumble…..see I told you so.

  42. ALl Harrison has to do ids have his wife/girl friend pee in a cup and submit it.

    Just like Mrs.HGH Manning needed that box load of HGH sent to her house – You know, the same house that Peyton lives in.

    But, NO WAY, he was able to find the HGH.

    Ashley Manning is the best at playing hide and seek.

  43. Dude went from a camp body to DPOY. You do the math. It’s too easy to get HGH and there was no way to test for it. The players know the game, even the scrubs are juicing to keep their spot on special teams. I’d say at least 30% of guys in any given locker room are on something.

  44. nsm70 says:
    Jun 27, 2016 10:33 AM

    It’s all perspective. Us folks in LA love Goodall, he undid a 21 year wrong and helped bring back the LA Rams! He is telling people that steroids are bad and you give him a hard time, winners! The Patriots have been cheating or really heavily bending the rules for a long time and he is putting an end to it, get over it. I was in Boston when the QB was Bledsoe and no one gave two cents about that team. NE NFL’s biggest whinny bandwagon fans. they love their teams when they are winning but the minute they sink they jump ship, i.e. Celtics, in 2009/2010 they were the hot topic, not os much anymore. They make fun of good weather cities being bandwagons, North Easterners are no better, tired of you whinny East Coasters. Commish is a good guy, fights the tough fight. Sucks turds can’t see that.
    _____________________________________

    Yeah, shame on Boston fans! When your team isn’t performing, you are supposed to cry “cheater” and blame other teams for your organizations’ poor performances.
    HOW DARE YOU get on your own hometown teams for under-performing and bad decision making! That makes you “Bandwagon”. You are supposed to get on OTHER cities teams’ for OVER performing. It’s their fault!

    (Your “good guy” has been exposed as a liar multiple times in the recent month and denies 100+ Years of Proven Science. Moon Bat! Too bad the turds that support him don’t see that.)

    Hence, a troll’s life in the Loser’s Circle!

  45. WARNING WARNING!!!

    The following post contains actual facts and logic. It may cause Trolls’ heads to explode. DO NOT READ if you wish to stay willfully ignorant and want to continue to write… and play “make believe”.

    WARNING!
    ______________________________________
    chesswhileyouplaycheckers says:
    Jun 27, 2016 12:42 PM

    He didn’t undo anything, Stan Kroenke’s $ did. Goodell did as he was told. As for it being a wrong that the Rams left, if they had been supported they wouldn’t have. Same with the Chargers and the Raiders. Three AFL/NFL teams left LA due to lack of support, so tell us again what great pro football fans LA has.
    I’ve been a Pat’s season ticket holder since ’82. For a generation we supported the team and suffered through the no money Sullivans, the con man Kiam and the carpetbagger Orthwein before Kraft bought the team in ’94. There has been a waiting list for season tickets ever since, if you lived here you would know that and you’d know why. Boston fans are such bandwagon jumpers that the Sox went 86 years without a WS championship and were sitting pretty anyway. The Bruins played to near capacity despite a 39 year drought, the Celts had 20 years of basic irrelevance but were still pulling 90% crowds.
    All while we paid among the highest ticket prices in each sport to attend games in our PRIVATELY financed stadiums.
    There are three major passions here, sports, politics and revenge and not necessarily in that order.

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