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NFL Clears Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers & James Harrison In PED Investigation

The NFL announced Wednesday that they’ve found no credible evidence that Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and James Harrison were supplied prohibited substances.

Here’s the release from the NFL:

The NFL found no credible evidence that Pittsburgh’s JAMES HARRISON and Green Bay’sCLAY MATTHEWS and JULIUS PEPPERS were provided with or used substances prohibited under the NFL-NFLPA Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances following a comprehensive investigation into allegations made in a documentary by Al-Jazeera America, it was announced today.

The three players participated in interviews last week at their team facilities.

Initiated in January, the investigation was led by the NFL’s security and legal teams with support from expert consultants and other professionals. The investigation involved witness interviews, a review of relevant records and other materials, electronic research, and laboratory analysis and review.

The NFL is still investigating free agent OLB Mike Neal, so you can expect a separate announcement regarding him in the coming days.

Jason Cole reports that Neal did have a relationship with people at Guyer Institute.

All of these allegations stem from comments made by former anti-aging clinic intern Charlie Sly, who was taped in the Al-Jazeera documentary. It’s worth mentioning that Sly has since recanted his quotes.

Even so, the NFL wanted to conduct formal interviews, and despite some reluctance from the NFLPA, the players agreed to speak with the league last week.

The NFL reportedly did not bring any new evidence to the table during their investigation, so these players along with Peyton Manning and the MLB players named in the report have all been cleared.

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