June 27, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
NFLPA issues statement about NFL wanting to interview players
The NFL Players Association, the union that represents NFL players, issued a statement in response to the NFL requesting interviews with players mentioned in the Al Jazeera story involving performance-enhancing drugs that included former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison. The statement notes that the source for the story recanted and the union has "repeatedly asked the NFL why any player should have to submit to an investigation that is not credible from the start. The NFL now is using public pressure to force the players to submit. The Performance Enhancing Substances Policy is jointly bargained for and administered by the NFLPA and the NFL, and we agreed to the Policy to ensure a clean game. We don't believe that players should be forced to respond to random allegations made by people for any possible reason. " "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." Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.