The NFL won’t have a Pro Football Hall of Fame game this year because they still haven’t made it a priority to produce a field safe enough for the players to play on. The league, however, still plans on making it a priority to interview the several players named in their ongoing PED use investigation.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the NFL still plans to interview Green Bay Packers linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers in addition to Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison before the start of the regular season about the PED accusations made against each of them several months ago in an Al Jazeera documentary.
You should know the story goes by now. The league initially wanted to interview Matthews, Peppers and Harrison prior to them all starting training camp this year. However, due to the urging of the NFLPA, all of them ultimately sent signed affidavits to the league claiming their innocence and felt that should suffice in lieu of them being interviewed by the league.
The NFL was not happy about that and has since stated that players could ultimately face discipline should they not ultimately agree to interviews.
According to several reports last week, the league still hasn’t scheduled an interview with Harrison and the veteran linebacker has stated he’s currently tired of answering questions on the topic.
NFL still plans to interview LBs Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and James Harrison before season about PED accusations, per league source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 8, 2016