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NFL Wants to Still Speak with Harrison; He Wants Advice Before a Talk Happens

James Harrison

James Harrison is open to talking with the NFL about steroid allegations made in a Al-Jazeera America report, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

“I don’t have a problem doing the interview. Come to my house. Bring Roger (Goodell) with you,” Harrison said.

The linebacker spoke to reporters after the walkthrough on Tuesday at Saint Vincent College.

Four NFL players are facing discipline as of now – Harrison, Packers linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, and free agent LB Mike Neal.

The NFL wants these players to cooperate with the league by a deadline of August 25th.

All four players were linked to the Al-Jazeera report, but the NFLPA contends there’s a lack of evidence after the key source in the story, Charlie Sly, recanted his statements to the media outlet.

Harrison said he has yet to read the NFL’s letter but will follow the advice of the attorneys at the NFLPA, which has declined to comment on the August 25th deadline.

When asked why not get the interview over with, Harrison was blunt in his response.

“If that’s the case, then somebody could come out and say James Harrison is a pedophile,” Harrison said. “They are going to suspend me, put me under investigation for being a pedophile just because somebody said it? I’m not going to answer questions for every little thing some Tom, Dick and Harry comes up with.”

It’s always seemed like Harrison is a target by the NFL, and commish Roger Goodell. This all seems like nothing more than another silly non-NFL story where players are getting threatened by the suits in New York.

At the end of the day, I don’t see how Harrison’s name isn’t cleared along with the other players.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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  1. DaveB.

    August 18, 2016 at 5:09 am

    I understand Harrison feeling the way he does . However , if you honestly have done nothing wrong then why be afraid to talk ? Rather than let it become a huge distraction for you and the team , go ahead , sit down and tell your side of the story and move on . The longer you wait , the story will get get bigger , and it will become an even bigger distraction than it is now .

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