NFL Denies Player Affidavits in HGH Case Were Enough ‘Reasonable Cooperation’

Clay Matthews

The NFL has come to their decision that affidavits from a number of big name NFL players were not enough evidence in the Al Jazeera America case, which is why they had they players do interviews with the NFL.

Those involved in the case include:

Steelers LB James Harrison
Packers LB Clay Matthews
Packers LB Julius Peppers
Packers LB Mike Neal

Here’s the story from on the situation with the players.

The NFL has concluded that affidavits received from players listed in an Al Jazeera America report alleging HGH use were insufficient proof of cooperation and reiterated that the players — James Harrison, Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and Mike Neal — were required to participate in interviews with the league.

“The league responded to the union this afternoon confirming receipt of written statements by Matthews, Peppers, Harrison and Mike Neal,” a league source told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport on Friday.

“The league rejected the union’s view that affidavits constitute reasonable cooperation by the players and confirmed that they are required to participate in in-person interviews. The PED policy reflects the NFL and NFLPA’s shared commitment to protect the fairness and integrity of the competition on the field and we owe it to the players, clubs and fans to fully address any claims of this nature.

“We advised the union that to move forward to resolve the allegations, we would first proceed with the Neal interview after which we would follow with the other player interviews.”

The initial report, released by Al Jazeera America in December, cites a former unpaid Guyer Institute intern pharmacist, Charlie Sly, who allegedly spoke to an undercover reporter working for the network. Sly, who later recanted his statement, said that the four players listed and recently retired Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning were supplied illegal performance-enhancing drugs from the Indianapolis-based anti-aging clinic.

Earlier this month, Harrison stated in an affidavit obtained by NFL Media that he never met or had communication with Sly.

“As a professional athlete, I have met thousands of people during my career,” Harrison wrote in the affidavit, “but to the best of my knowledge and recollection, I have never met with the individual who is apparently named Charles Sly…”

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