Steelers veteran OLB James Harrison submitted a sworn affidavit to the NFL denying allegations he used performance-enhancing drugs, per Adam Schefter.
James Harrison responds to NFL's interview request with a sworn affidavit: pic.twitter.com/jpRYXUWty5
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 12, 2016
Harrison and the other players named in the Al Jazeera report have maintained their innocence.
However, the NFL has informed the NFL Players Union that league officials are planning to show up to the first day of training camp to interview the players named in documentary.
The NFLPA has defended the players and has called for more evidence from the NFL in order to justify speaking with them about statements that have since been retracted.
“The NFL has chosen to initiate an investigation of these players based upon now-recanted statements that appeared in an Al Jazeera report. The NFLPA requested from the NFL any additional evidence supporting an investigation of the players; the NFL did not provide any such evidence, nor did they inform the NFLPA or the players that any such evidence exists. Instead, the NFL has decided to publicly pressure the players into submission. We will continue to advise our players about their rights and hold the NFL accountable.”
The 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.
We’ll have more regarding the PED allegations as the news is available.