NFLPA demands “credible evidence” of PED violation by Harrison, Matthews, Peppers, Neal

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The dance continues between the NFL and the NFL Players Association regarding the Al Jazeera PED allegations, and at this point it’s becoming a mosh pit.

The NFL Players Association has sent a letter to the NFL on behalf of Steelers linebacker James Harrison, in which the union reiterates its request “that the NFL inform him and the NFLPA whether the NFL possesses any credible evidence (e.g., verified documents or verified testimony of witnesses) that warrants an interview of Mr. Harrison regarding a potential violation” of the PED policy.

Although the letter doesn’t expressly take the position that Harrison has no obligation to cooperate until the NFL disciplines him based on “credible evidence” of a violation, the message is clear: Harrison apparently won’t be doing anything unless and until the NFL produces “credible evidence” beyond the remarks contained in the Al Jazeera report.

“Especially in a business where the mere mention of a player-employee’s name can generate ratings for a broadcaster, the NFLPA and Mr. Harrison do not believe that unsupported, unsubstantiated verbal remarks provide ‘sufficient credible evidence’ to initiate an investigation of, and require an interview with, an employee.”

The letter, a copy of which PFT has obtained, mentions only Harrison. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the same letter was sent on behalf of all other active players implicated by the Al Jazeera report: Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers, and Mike Neal.

The PED policy seems to contemplate that the player accused of a PED violation won’t be required to provide information until discipline is imposed based on “credible documented evidence” that the rules were broken. The NFLPA apparently is willing to entertain the possibility of a pre-discipline interview if — and only if — the NFL puts the same cards on the table that would be placed on the table if discipline is imposed and the appeal process commences.

45 responses to “NFLPA demands “credible evidence” of PED violation by Harrison, Matthews, Peppers, Neal

  1. I am one of the biggest union supporters out there, but we all know the NFL thinks they have more power than POTUS.

    Name a league that wants to ruin the names of two of their biggest stars over the last 15 years – Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

    The real face of the league is Roger Goodell and know one should forget this.

  2. Seems like he doesn’t want to be interviewed, by laying down stipulations that the NFL would never agree to, he is in effect saying “I DO NOT WANT TO BE INTERVIEWED”
    And right there you have to ask “Why not?”

  3. So Roger cites PED policy in an effort to fabricate a quarter season suspension for Brady

    But the “credible evidence” in Brady’s case of the PSI says nothing happened

    Yeah, it’s a double standard, but the owners and fans of 31 teams need to bench the perennial MVP of the perennial Super Bowl contender – so they’re more than happy to play along

    I’ll give NBA fans credit. If their Commish tried to fabricate a 1/4th season suspension against LeBron or Steph Curry, no fan of ANY team would stand for that.

    They’ve got integrity

  4. If this is how the NFL wants to play this… “I paid Goodell $10,000 to suspend Tom Brady for deflategate”…

    Now someone record me with a secret video tape and lets all demand there be an investigation on Goodell for taking bribes. Kind of a shaky standard NFL, don’t ya think???

  5. “credible documented evidence” , as opposed to say, a lie that was redacted. I told you all this was a witch hunt perpetrated by those wanting everybody to bear guilt for something, anything, to defer it from themselves.

  6. The NFL is not going to suspend 25 members of the Green Bay Packers all at the same time. Which according to the documentary would all gather at Neal’s home for treatment/consultation.

    Now Neal went from scrub back up DT (400K per year)to starting LB (2 million per year accoring to the documentry) to (according to rotoworld…..)

    “They never offered me a deal for me to turn down,” Neal said. “If they would have offered me a deal, I would have been back in Green Bay.” A second-round pick of the Packers in 2010, Neal has managed just 19 sacks in 68 career games. 29 in June, he might have to wait until injuries strike in training camp to find a home. May 17 – 10:12 AM

    You can click his name in the above article to see his career stats to back up my post. I see that as evidence myself. GB doesn’t seem to want a productive member of their own team. Seems they are creating some distance between themselves and a players that regularly hosted PED Tupperware parties at his home for the rest of the Green Bay Packers. It’s not as if his production dropped off significantly but all the sudden nobody wants anything to do with a LB that has started every game over the past 3 seasons? Odd no? Nobody?

  7. “danm1978 says:
    Jun 29, 2016 11:01 AM
    Seems like he doesn’t want to be interviewed, by laying down stipulations that the NFL would never agree to, he is in effect saying “I DO NOT WANT TO BE INTERVIEWED”
    And right there you have to ask “Why not?””

    Ummmm…because the NFL has a documented history of lying about what happened in interviews? Ray Rice? Tom Brady appeal? Oh and let’s not forget Wells is being sued for defamation by that Miami bullygate coach.

  8. Kind of odd that three of them are from the same team. HHMMMNNN. I thought the Packers were the cleanest team in the NFL. Just ask their cheesy fans.

  9. Manning admitted that HGH was shipped to his house. Maybe he or anyone should start by explaining why a healthy woman in her 30s would be receiving bootleg HGH from China procured by the Guyer institute. Moreover, one should explain that even if there was a medical reason for said woman to require HGH why would said woman not be consulting her physician for the HGH.

  10. “I am one of the biggest union supporters out there, but we all know the NFL thinks they have more power than POTUS”
    ———————————————

    actually, they do. Might want to brush up on the constitution and the division of powers stuff.

  11. truthfactory says:
    Jun 29, 2016 11:03 AM
    If this is how the NFL wants to play this… “I paid Goodell $10,000 to suspend Tom Brady for deflategate”…

    At Goodell’s salary ($34.1 million) it would take much more than $10k to bribe him.

  12. Seems pretty obvious to me that the NFL just wants to interview them and say “we found nothing” so they can move on and get Manning out of the news so the hero worship can continue.

  13. Never tested positive and tested more than anyone else. He’s on record saying he supports blood testing if it’ll make the sport cleaner. These allegations were spurious to start with and recanted almost immediately. The reason they are asking for credible evidence is because there isn’t any. Anyone saying he’s guilty is an idiot, he’s just righteous.

    Go Steelers!

  14. @joetoronto,

    “What about the most obvious of all, MegaHead?”

    For once, I actually agree with you. The NFLPA SHOULD call for an investigation of potential steroid use concerning John Mara. His Frankenstein head is enormous, and he has had his share of roid-like angry tirades. Specifically, those tirades concerning his opinion that the other NFC East opponents lose draft picks for spending more money than the other teams in the division in an UNCAPPED year.

    Good call, bro. Good call

  15. If the CBA states the owners can’t demand interviews unless they have certain types of evidence and the NFL doesn’t have the evidence then what’s the problem?

    If the owners wanted to be able to interview players under these circumstances they should have negotiated better terms in the CBA.

    Besides…..after the piss poor way they ran investigations in deflategate,bountygate,the Ray Rice fiasco…….Who would even agree to participate in one of their investigation if they don’t have to?

  16. Joesixpack gives NBA fans credit? Hahaha lebron started the season as a twig figure, the first season the NBA tests for PEDs, what a coincidence. Then lebron gains 50 lbs of muscle through the season when his boyfriend puppet Adam silver told him not to worry, we will never drug test you, let alone admit you are a juiced up fraud to the public, and on top of it rigs the NBA finals for lebron to look like a hero, and you say the NBA isn’t corrupt and rigged? Are you that clueless?

  17. Especially in a business where the mere mention of a player-employee’s name can generate ratings for a broadcaster…

    I wonder if they realize that, if anything *is* found, that very phrase will be used against them.

  18. Harrison is a part time player that is in his 14th season. What does he have to lose? He may as well mess with them. We already know what he thinks of Goodell. I say give em hell Harrison, the league needs to realize that there needs to be balance.

  19. The source said Manning got HGH. Later it was found that HGH was shipped to Mannings home. Mannings goons were sent to get the recant. Seems credible to me.

  20. This is much worse than deflated footballs and spying on opposing teams. NFL should definitely get tough on PED users because they cheat.

  21. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Jun 29, 2016 12:37 PM
    This is much worse than deflated footballs and spying on opposing teams. NFL should definitely get tough on PED users because they cheat.

    ——————

    You should be more worried about your Jets finding a QB

  22. @clipper522 says:
    Jun 29, 2016 10:55 AM
    Credible evidence? Just look at his head! Its as swollen as Barry Bonds’!
    ==================================
    If you are talking about PM then you should look at his pics as a child. His head was huge back then, unlike BB.

  23. There’s no small irony in this. If the league office hadn’t long since toasted any semblance of integrity and misrepresented the testimony of players that have been ‘interviewed’ in the past the players would probably long since have volunteered to interview just to get this to go away. The roosters are coming home for 345 Park Ave

  24. spotsdad says:
    Jun 29, 2016 12:36 PM
    The source said Manning got HGH. Later it was found that HGH was shipped to Mannings home. Mannings goons were sent to get the recant. Seems credible to me.
    _________________

    ^^This. It is amazing to me how the Manning defenders can gloss over this. He recanted because he was terrified, doesn’t mean anything he said was false.

  25. Lets be honest; there is only one Big Fish in this net and his name is Peyme Manning, aka Fivehead.

    The other players are nice players, several of whom are well past their prime.
    No one cares if they used because they didn’t steal records and championships by cheating.

    Manning*

  26. League should take the implied targeting out of it. Don’t go after anyone because someone points a finger. Go after everyone and test whole teams at the same time. Take the subjectiveness out of it. I was drug tested for years during my military career. They tested everyone and did it all at one time with huge groups of troops. The only randomness of it was no one knew when it would happen – the date was random. If the NFL did the same no one would be able to complain. Of course maybe there wouldn’t be a full team either with the resulting suspensions.

  27. It is NOT documented that the wife of Peyton Manning received HGH, to say so is an outright lie. That’s part of what the guy took back, he made the entire thing up and there was NEVER a single scrap of evidence. Hence why Harrison and the player’s union want to see evidence – there is none and the NFL damn well knows it.

    So ask yourself: What’s the point in interviewing him? The NFL owners and front office clearly have a dishonest motive. Remember when they tried to screw the players by withholding money in a secret savings outside salary cap considerations? Why the hell should the players EVER trust them? Why should YOU?!

  28. Maybe they want to interview Peyton to ask him the medical purpose for a healthy woman in her 30s to get bootleg HGH from the Guyer Institute.

  29. When Al Jazeera says something, you know you’ve got credible evidence on your hands. Everything they say, everything they have said, and everything they will ever say is credible.

  30. Manning admitted that HGH was shipped to his house. Maybe he or anyone should start by explaining why a healthy woman in her 30s would be receiving bootleg HGH from China procured by the Guyer institute. Moreover, one should explain that even if there was a medical reason for said woman to require HGH why would said woman not be consulting her physician for the HGH.

    —————————————

    He never admitted that HGH was shipped to his house. The he only thing he said was that his wife medical treatments are hers. If you have evidence that the Guyer Institute is providing patients HGH from China then go to the Feds because I am sure that doing that is a crime.

  31. Man up, Deebo, if you on the juice you need to set them boys straight and stop playing games. We aint never going to get to six if everybody keep juiciing up before the big show.

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