Last December, a number of professional athletes were named in an Al-Jazeera American report that alleged the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Of those athletes named were a number of NFL players, and the league will now look further into the allegations.
NFL Media senior analyst Ian Rapoport reported that a memo written by NFL senior vice president of labor policy and government affairs Adolpho Birch outlined a plan to interview those players. T
hose players that the league will speak to are Green Bay Packers linebackers Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison.
The memo stated that the NFL had these plans in line since May and they will begin at the start of each player’s training camp.
“While the investigation has proceeded, we have yet to interview the players,” Birch wrote. “We have attempted since early April to work through the NFLPA to schedule them, but despite multiple requests the NFLPA has failed to respond, except to seek reconsideration of the basis for the investigation. This continuing delay and avoidance has obstructed our ability to conduct and conclude the investigation.”
Former Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was named in the report last year as well, as it was alleged he received a shipment of human growth hormone under his wife’s name. He won’t be interviewed as he retired in February and is no longer in the players’ union.
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