Report: NFL to interview players named in Al-Jazeera PED report at start of camp
The NFL is reportedly set to ramp up its investigation of the allegations levied against several players in the recent Al-Jazeera America PED report.
According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, the league said in an internal memo that it is set to interview four players – Packers linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, Steelers linebacker James Harrison, and free agent linebacker Mike Neal – after they were tied to PED use in the Al-Jazeera America documentary.
The interviews for the currently signed players are set to be conducted on the first day of their team’s training camp. Neal’s interview will take place on or before July 22.
There is no mention of now-retired Peyton Manning in the memo, but a source told Pelissero that his investigation is progressing as well.
Last December, these players along with several others across sports were accused of PED use as part of al Al-Jazeera America investigation. Charlie Sly, a primary informant for the story, has recanted his allegations, but that has not stopped the NFL from proceeding with its own investigation.