December 28, 2015 - Aaron Wilson
Packers' players deny connection to PEDs
A trio of Green Bay Packers players have denied any link to performance-enhancing drugs after an Al-Jazeera documentary alleged they were provided with such drugs and pain killers. Both linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers and defensive end Mike Daniels denied the allegations that have also been shot down by Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. "I think it is bulls---," Matthews said. "I mean to be completely honest with you it's 100% falsified and fabricated information. I don't know who this guy is. I couldn't tell you what he looks like. I have never talked with him or communicated with him, so for him to bring my name up like that out of thin air is bulls--- for a lack of a better term. "I work hard on my reputation and really that is all I have. For seven years, I worked my ass off and for this guy to say that type of thing is not true and for him to recant everything he said, too, just shows the type of source he is. The truth will come out and I am not worried about it because I carry myself a certain way and that is the right way." "I was a little bit shocked," Peppers said. "It is not true and completely erroneous and completely irresponsible journalism in my opinion. I don't understand how I could be linked to something like this." Added Neal: "You might as well stop asking me questions. I mean, I'm sure you saw how pissed off Peyton Manning was about somebody coming out with talk like this. If you want to piss me off, that's one thing, but please don't ... if you want to talk about football, let's talk about football." Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.