Al Jazeera meetings are set

AP

The most-anticipated interviews of the year not involving Ryan Lochte are finally happening.

Via Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com, the NFL has agreed to meet with the four players accused of PED use in a controversial Al Jazeera documentary that emerged last December. Per the report, Packers linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers will be interviewed on Wednesday, August 24 in Green Bay, free-agent defensive lineman Mike Neal will be interviewed on Thursday, August 25 in Chicago, and Steelers linebacker James Harrison will be interviewed on Tuesday, August 30 in Pittsburgh.

The four players abruptly agreed to submit to the interviews last week, after the NFL applied an August 25 deadline for submitting or facing an indefinite suspension. The circumstances have prompted speculation from those in the know that the league made it known through back channels that the investigation is perfunctory and that the players will be exonerated fairly promptly after being interviewed.

Whether that happens remains to be seen. As explained earlier today, this specific type of potential violation falls within the narrow range of lingering final say for the Commissioner. So if the league decides that they violated the PED policy, Goodell or his designee will resolve it.

62 responses to “Al Jazeera meetings are set

  1. The folks attending the Harrison interview would be well advised to wear flame retardant suits, it’s bound to get a little hot and he certainly isn’t going to help put them out if they burst into flames

  2. Word is the league would have done the interviews sooner but there was a shortage of whitewash available in the immediate aftermath of the Manning investigation

  3. If he already guaranteed them there would be no penalty because he has no evidence against them, why all the drama and threats with a need to conduct interviews? He let Manning skate with a token “investigation” and now has to bow to mounting pressure to treat these guys equitably.

  4. The puppet master continues to pull the strings making the puppets err players dance.

    He picks them up, uses them and puts them down whenever he feels like it.

    It’s a puppet show and we pay billions to watch it play out every year under the watchful eye of the puppet master who makes the puppets dance and gets paid tens of millions by the owners.

  5. I still don’t know how the one guy that admitted to having HGH delivered to his house, and sent goons, illegally posing as police officers, to intimidate the whistle-blower’s parents, got off scot-free.

    I’ll bet at least one of these guys gets suspended, if for no other reason than to set an example for the rest of the players.

    Hey, if the players didn’t want to get suspended for no reason, they should have put it in the CBA. Ain’t that right, 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals?

  6. I have never been a Peyton Manning fan, but I have respected him because he has always come across as a decent, respectful and somewhat humble person.

    However, I think his allowing his wife to be placed in the middle of this entire mess is disgraceful and has forever changed my opinion of him…

    With that said, I do not see how, if they NFL has exonerated Manning, they cannot now exonerate these four men.

    I am a fan of none of these teams, but I believe these should receive the same hall pass afforded to Manning.

  7. mmack66 says:
    Aug 22, 2016 9:42 PM
    I still don’t know how the one guy that admitted to having HGH delivered to his house, and sent goons, illegally posing as police officers, to intimidate the whistle-blower’s parents, got off scot-free.

    I’ll bet at least one of these guys gets suspended, if for no other reason than to set an example for the rest of the players.

    Hey, if the players didn’t want to get suspended for no reason, they should have put it in the CBA. Ain’t that right, 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals?

    0 1
    **********************************************
    The answer is quite simple — his name is Peyton Manning — he is NFL Royalty (or have you not heard). Had any other player been named, the investigation would have been swift…and suspensions would have been handed down in January…

  8. Goodell and the NFL has such a poor image at this point it doesn’t really matter. They’ll never recover from how the fans and players perceive them after so many complete mess ups.

    Even if the NFL has “made it known through back channels that the investigation is perfunctory and that the players will be exonerated fairly promptly” the fans and players will see this is a farce to make it look like Goodell and the NFL aren’t complete mess ups. But, if the players get suspended, the fans and players will be even more against Goodell and his reign.

    Long story short, Goodell and the NFL have lost all credibility.

  9. Brady’s got more gonads than the rest of all the NFL players combined. He let his name be first when the nflpa sued the NFL in 2011. He’s a mans man that everyone would trade places with if they had the chance. He’s always going to have haters because that’s what haters do, hate!

  10. Somebody remind my how we let a Middle Eastern “news” organization dictate NFL policy?

  11. mmack66 says:
    Aug 22, 2016 9:42 PM
    I still don’t know how the one guy that admitted to having HGH delivered to his house, and sent goons, illegally posing as police officers, to intimidate the whistle-blower’s parents, got off scot-free.

    I’ll bet at least one of these guys gets suspended, if for no other reason than to set an example for the rest of the players.

    Hey, if the players didn’t want to get suspended for no reason, they should have put it in the CBA. Ain’t that right, 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals?

    Oh get real. Those “goons” as you people keep parroting about were investgators investigating on behalf of a man with the means to protect his image from BS “investigative” journalists. Illegally posing as cops? Do you have ANY idea how fast they would have been jailed if there was a ounce of truth to that? Posing as a cop, and this will surprise you, is HIGHLY frowned upon and taken VERY seriously by EVERY branch of law enforcement. It’s almost like they take it as a affront to their credibility and sense of being. Sorry but Peyton cooperated and Tom didn’t. Get over it.

  12. Nothingburger. With extra cheese.

    Viking fans are going to be SO disappointed. Before the week is out they’ll be blaming it on the alien Sasquatches who kidnapped Elvis.

  13. The interviews in Green Bay will take place at the local Applebee’s.

    It was initially set to take place at the Golden Corral but McCarthy and Lacy shut that place down at noon.

  14. So Goodell will request the personal cell phones of all 4 players, and if they do not turn them over then that’s a “failure to cooperate” penalty, and 4 game suspension..

    He will of course apply the same standards to all players now to protect the “integrity of the game”, right?

  15. “…the league made it known through back channels that the investigation is perfunctory and that the players will be exonerated fairly promptly after being interviewed.”

    So much this ^.

  16. This means that finally, finally, Clay, Julius and James will finally get this behind them. And the Pack can fully commit to bringing the Lombardi trophy back to Green Bay, where it belongs in 2017.

  17. A 39 year old QB has 4 neck surgeries and the possibility he would never play again. Has the best statistical record-breaking season of his illustrious career. The NFL began HGH testing in 2014 and Manning has declined precipitously since testing was instituted. his career is almost over completely.

    Facts: Manning’s own agent has VERIFIED that HGH was indeed sent to Peyton Manning’s house, allegedly for his wife (and under his wife’s name, Ashley).

    Facts: Ashley Manning gave birth to twins in 2011 and therefore there is no legitimate, nor legal (even off label) use for Ashley Manning to be using HGH especially considering that infertility clearly wasn’t a problem (i.e. the twins she had). She does not have HIV/AIDS, nor does she have a growth deficiency, nor any other FDA approved justification for HGH.

    Facts: 2 Large men with overcoats showed up to ‘Sly’s’ house claiming to be LE, and after a call to police revealed they were not infact police.

    Facts: Peyton Manning had the best statistical season ever by a QB.
    We Either have Ashley Manning taking HGH after giving birth to twins (dangerous and counter productive), or Peyton Manning using it HGH to get an edge to return to the field (and perform better than he ever has) and used his wife as cover in the event he was caught?
    ABSOLUTELY NOT

    I am so glad the NFL CLEARED MANNING, so we can get to the real Criminals and those mentioned also with Al-Jizerra.
    Thank goodness for Goodell.

    I

  18. One XXL Head missing in that lineup lets me know the investigation, however it turns out is pre-determined.
    #farce

  19. An interview with blood tests at the same time, and I hope it all works out for at least one of them.

    I think it will, as if they are smart, they have all had time to clean out their systems enough to pass the HGH test.

    Smart is the operative word here!

  20. This is a horse and pony show. They will all be cleared because the NFL has no proof. The NFL wis say …See if you just cooperate, the process will take care of you. We all know this is transparent and a crock of B.S.

  21. Goodell cannot possibly suspend any of these guys after letting Manning off the hook. I wonder if part of the NFL’s investigation was to inquire as to why a healthy thirty-something year old woman would require HGH to begin with. Moreover, if said woman required HGH why she wouldn’t get it from her physician.

  22. If I’m one of these guys, this is how the interview would go:
    NFL:” Tell us what you know about this Al Jazeera report”.
    Ans: “Nothing”.
    NFL: “How do explain the comments by the guy quoted in the Al Jazeera report?”
    Ans: “He lied, and how do you explain that he retracted those comments saying there was no truth to them and how do you explain you already cleared Peyton Manning and baseball cleared Ryan Howard and Ryan Zimmerman, who were also named in the report?”
    NFL: “We believe there is at least some truth to this report”.
    Ans: “Then prove it, or this meeting is over”.
    NFL: “Well, we can’t prove it but we want you to admit it”.
    Ans: “This meeting is over”.

    Finally, I’d pay someone — anyone — to tell some small news agency that he saw Rodger Goodell smoking weed. Then I’d tell him to wait a couple of days and then retract it. And then I’d sit back and watch how the NFL would handle that one.

  23. Manning was allowed to skate from this incident and handled separately, why was that?

    The rest of the people will be treated with the herd mentality by the moron League NFL destroyers from 345 Park Ave.

    Can’t have Manning not making all those commercials now can we?

  24. limakey says:
    Aug 22, 2016 2:38 PM
    Weed will never be allowed in the NFL, period. It is going to be the biggest nightmare for coaches. If the NFPA wants weed to be legal, they need to assume all testing aspects, and that is two tests a week for every single player. They should pay for the tests as well. Why should the fans pay their hard earned money for piss tests? Seems to me that when a player like Brady gets caught cheating, the NFPA wants to call what the infraction is and the player then gets to pick his penality. Never gonna happen. Goodell is the only commissioner who has done his job. Granted, he was forced into it, but he has done his job. Prior commissioners turned a blind eye to game altering cheating, concussions, the black eyes and broken bones of hundreds and hundreds battered women. At least he has tried and has made several changes that have been for the good.
    ==========================
    Limakey,
    Don’t you ever get tired of sticking up for that sociopath Goodell. It just makes you look stupid. Yeah maybe no one knows who you are. But you do and I’m telling you that sticking up for Goodell just makes you look stupid. Even those who may hate Brady and the Patriots for whatever reason, whether they are right about the reason or not, still believe that Goodell is a liar and has zero integrity. How does that possibly add up to Goodell doing his job. The man is despicable and anyone supporting him is either a fool, a family member or someone profiting from his amoral behavior. And none of those are complements.

  25. Mathews, with his Cro-Magnon looking skull.

    Juiced up and down, all around.
    If there’s anyone of the group that screams, “STEROIDS!!!”, it’s him

  26. $100 Neal is the fall guy, get suspended on his way out of the league and Goodell does the rest of this just for show, to make sure he’s consistent in his ruling to protect the cheating Gomer with Chinese PEDs sent to his own house.

    Unreal.

    Absolutely unreal.

    E veryone with an ounce of honesty and a college degree knows Brady was framed and Gomer protected as a way to make sure it would be more difficult for the Pats to get back to the SB and try to give Gomer’s SB trophy total a boost.

    This is consumer fraud, folks.

    BErnie Madoff sits in a jail cell as we speak because of it.

  27. Jazzera has been proven a liar, third party accusations and Gödel trying to make a name for his office. These three have been chosen probably because they have not been afraid to speak out about Gödel, if they believed Manning then these players deserve the same respect. But the players know better they are having a lawyer present so the interviewer can’t change words to their liking.

  28. Like I said, it was all a big sham, to change the subject from the Deflate Gate debacle, to ANYTHING else. And see, it worked, didn’t it. I never get tiered of being right.

  29. favreisadouche says:
    Aug 22, 2016 9:34 PM
    And that is how you act with dignity and class Mr. Brady.
    ——————————————————————

    Brady submitted to multiple interviews and even went to New York to do them.

  30. No way any of these guys are suspended. If Peyton walks, they all walk.

    Still waiting for a doctor to explain why a woman, pregnant or wanting to become pregnant would need HGH.

    It sure was nice of the NFL to wait for months to “investigate” this claim. Not like Brady, putting him under a hot lamp the week before the SuperBowl. Even if Brady wanted to admit anything the NFL leveraged him. Just like the appeal, if he drops it now he knows he sits week 1-4, if he fights and loses he could miss playoffs etc.

    Sick of the drama the NFL manufactures.

  31. boogerhut says:
    Aug 22, 2016 10:40 PM
    …Sorry but Peyton cooperated and Tom didn’t. Get over it.
    _____________________________
    But did Peyton hand over his personal cell phone to Goodell? That seems to be the NFL’s definition of how someone “cooperates”.

  32. boogerhut says:

    Oh get real. Those “goons” as you people keep parroting about were investgators investigating on behalf of a man with the means to protect his image from BS “investigative” journalists. Illegally posing as cops? Do you have ANY idea how fast they would have been jailed if there was a ounce of truth to that? Posing as a cop, and this will surprise you, is HIGHLY frowned upon and taken VERY seriously by EVERY branch of law enforcement. It’s almost like they take it as a affront to their credibility and sense of being. Sorry but Peyton cooperated and Tom didn’t. Get over it.
    ——————

    And you tell me to get real?

    Since the league has absolutely no credibility, no one has any idea what Manning did or didn’t do. As for Brady, Ted Wells, though he also has questionable credibility, reported that Tom Brady cooperated fully, and I don’t see any reason he would lie about that, especially since they were trying to frame him.

  33. rolf1015 says:
    Aug 23, 2016 9:52 AM
    boogerhut says:
    Aug 22, 2016 10:40 PM
    …Sorry but Peyton cooperated and Tom didn’t. Get over it.
    _____________________________
    But did Peyton hand over his personal cell phone to Goodell? That seems to be the NFL’s definition of how someone “cooperates

    Did they ask him for it? If they did, he did. That’s the definition of cooperation. It’s so funny to get up on the west coast and look at the same posters and see their new aliases. Then it dies down around east coast school time.

  34. rootpain says:

    Limakey,
    Don’t you ever get tired of sticking up for that sociopath Goodell.
    —————————–

    Nope. He does it like it is his job, and it may well be.

  35. Al- Jazeera has an Arabic name.
    Muslims are subjected to hate and prejudice in the US, especially by ignorant right-wing racist buttholes, many who follow NFL football. Muslims often have Arabic names.
    Al-Jazeera is one of the most awarded and respected news organizations in the world. No one on this board could even spell their damn name.
    Apparently, nobody postng here makes it past he sports page or Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity radio, other than watching football.
    LOTS of NFL players use PEDs. If not for PE, for injury recovery acceleration. I would not be surprised if all these guys are guilty.

  36. “Facts: …no legitimate, nor legal (even off label) use for Ashley Manning to be using HGH…She does not have HIV/AIDS, nor does she have a growth deficiency, nor any other FDA approved justification for HGH.”

    ///////

    Wrong on multiple levels. Even *if* she received HGH, there are a couple of possible reasons – most likely short bowel syndrome. FDA approval, although it exists for SBS, is not required for a Dr to prescribe it anyway.

    I suggest reading up before sharing your opinions as fact.

  37. “Facts: Manning’s own agent has VERIFIED that HGH was indeed sent to Peyton Manning’s house, allegedly for his wife (and under his wife’s name, Ashley).”
    —–
    False. No one associated with Manning ever actually said that.

  38. bubbasmithguy says:
    Aug 22, 2016 9:25 PM
    Its ironic that three of the four players were on the Packers roster the last few years. Where there’s smoke there’s fire.
    ———–
    I don’t think you know what irony means.

  39. boogerhut says:
    Aug 23, 2016 10:37 AM
    rolf1015 says:
    Aug 23, 2016 9:52 AM
    boogerhut says:
    Aug 22, 2016 10:40 PM
    …Sorry but Peyton cooperated and Tom didn’t. Get over it.
    _____________________________
    But did Peyton hand over his personal cell phone to Goodell? That seems to be the NFL’s definition of how someone “cooperates

    Did they ask him for it? If they did, he did. That’s the definition of cooperation.
    ______________________________

    You’re missing the point – the NFL had no intention of getting to the “truth” with Manning, so I agree that they probably didn’t even ask him for his cell phone.

    If they handled the Manning investigation the same way as Brady, they would have demanded his cell phone and leaked information throughout the process. But they didn’t leak anything, didn’t ask for his cell phone, and so we know they really had no intention of conducting their version of a real investigation.

  40. Ryan Howard of the Phillies and Ryan Zimmerman of the Nationals were immediately cleared after their MLB interviews. So will these 4 NFL players. Al-Jazeera got the publicity they were looking for. However they (Al-Jazeera) are not off the hook. Howard is suing them.

  41. I like the way people suggest that by the way Mathews looks, that he’s using!
    There are players that are work out warriors, and then they get ridiculed by fans like you, that probably never worked out in your life. You sit on your couch all weekend, with your muffin top, turning a blind eye towards your teams failures throughout the years (mostly Viking fans).
    You’re looking and wishing for any edge, that your team will have at beating the Packers.
    In the end, we all know this report is untrue, but as long as there’s speculation, moron fans will post immature comments to TRY and make their team and organization seem better than the Packers.
    I’m not saying the Packers are perfect. Every team in the NFL has a few bad apples on their team. But to attack those players, their team and fans, is so immature.
    You are probably the same fans, that wish injuries or suspensions on other teams that’s on your schedule, so your team will have a advantage.

  42. Josephec says ”
    Al-Jazeera is one of the most awarded and respected news organizations in the world. No one on this board could even spell their damn name.
    Apparently, nobody postng here makes it past he sports page or Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity radio, other than watching football.
    LOTS of NFL players use PEDs. If not for PE, for injury recovery acceleration. I would not be surprised if all these guys are guilty.”

    They used 1- 3rd persons statements that have since been re-canted. That sounds neither award winning or respectful. It sounds pretty “Tabloid” to me.

  43. I thought Big Tough Mean James Harrison was refusing to be interviewed. Why did he wuss out?

  44. Charlie Sly has been evolved with Mike Neal since college. Peppers Mathews and Mike Neal have been in the same meeting room for the last 5 years

  45. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says:
    Aug 23, 2016 3:11 PM

    I thought Big Tough Mean James Harrison was refusing to be interviewed. Why did he wuss out?
    ————————-

    Because Integrity Goodell threatened to abuse his power, again.

  46. ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Aug 23, 2016 12:12 PM

    Did any of them destroy their cellphones the night before questioning? An innocent person certainly wouldn’t do such a thing!
    ————————-

    The first two go tomorrow, so we will see what tonight brings.

    Of course, according to the Patriot Hater Guide to Hating the Patriots, Tom destroyed his phone, in his car, right before he went in to face Wells, so the Al Jazeera 4 still have some time.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.