PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison sat down with NFL officials Thursday morning over accusations that he has used performance-enhancing drugs.
Harrison met with officials for about 40 minutes at the team’s South Side training facility. Once the meeting was over, he returned to practice and then flew with the team to New Orleans for Friday night’s pre-season game.
The outcome of the meeting has not been released.
But Harrison’s agent Bill Parise told KDKA, “It went well, was smooth, and everything was fine.” There has been no comment from the NFL.
Earlier this month, NFL Senior Vice President of Labor Policy and League Affairs Adolpho Birch sent a letter to the NFL Players Association detailing the plan to suspend Harrison, Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers of the Green Bay Packers, and free agent Mike Neal if they don’t speak with the league by Aug. 25.
This all started with a report that aired last December, making claims of performance-enhancing drugs.
All of the players were mentioned in an Al-Jazeera television interview with Charlie Sly, who worked as an intern at an anti-aging clinic. In the report, Sly made claims of PED use by several athletes, including Harrison, Peyton Manning and the three others, but later recanted his claims.
The NFL Players Association says Matthews and Peppers met with league representatives on Wednesday.
The retired Manning was cleared after a separate NFL investigation in which he granted interviews and provided all records sought by league investigators.
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