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Acme Packing Company Aug 19, 2016

Matthews and Peppers will interview with NFL on August 24th at Packers’ facilities

Green Bay’s linebackers have acquiesced to the NFL’s demands and will meet with the league before its deadline. On Thursday, reports surfaced that three of the four NFL players mentioned in the 2015 Al-Jazeera America report on performance-enhancing drug use had agreed to the NFL’s demands for interviews prior to the league’s third preseason games. Packers players Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, along with Steelers linebacker James Harrison, all had reported to set up the meetings in an attempt to satisfy the league’s ultimatum.* * Note that Harrison insisted on the meeting...
Acme Packing Company Aug 17, 2016

Cheese curds, 8/17: NFL caught in cross hairs over suspension threats

Are you ready for some (courtroom) football? Are you ready for some (courtroom) football? No, the NFLPA hasn’t filed a lawsuit against the NFL over their threats to suspend Green Bay Packers linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers for failure to cooperate with the league’s investigation of an Al-Jazeera on performance-enhancing drugs, but every indication thus far suggests a trip to court is a matter of when, not if. A wide variety of opinions on NFL’s investigation have popped in the time since the league office made its last statement. For the most part, public sentiment seems...
Daily Norseman Aug 17, 2016

Roughing The Podcast 4--We're on to Seattle

Ted and Di look at some current NFL news, put a bow on the Bengals game, and look ahead to the Seahawks Hey, it's RTP 4...and unlike last time there will, in fact, be an episode 5. But let's not get ahead of ourselves and focus on what we just knocked out. We open the show discussing good hospital drugs to take in case of a bike wreck (wait what)...and we manage to tie it into the Al Jazeera 4. At about 4:45, we discuss the PED's investigation surrounding Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers, and James Harrison, and how we think it will play out. We wrap up our NFL segment by talking about...
Silver And Black Pride Aug 16, 2016

Rival Report 8/16: Power crazy NFL threatens suspensions for uncooperative players in Al Jazeera report

The NFL has no credible evidence against players named in the now recanted Al Jazeera report that claimed current NFL players Julius Peppers, Clay Matthews, James Harrison and Mike Neal used steroids. They now want to force those players to interview in their investigation anyway, to see if they will provide any credible evidence. Seriously. The NFL is trying to use their unlimited player discipline power granted to them by Article 46 of the NFL's CBA to compel players to do an interview that would possibly incriminate themselves because they don't have enough evidence against them on their...

Steelers OLB James Harrison says on social media he had a "random" PED drug test Tuesday at training camp

James Harrison is in the middle of a battle with the NFL, and he doesn't seem as if he is going to be pulling any punches with his latest video regarding a "random" drug test while at training camp. Monday evening news broke regarding the NFL threatening to suspend Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison, along with Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers of the Green Bay Packers, if they didn't interview with the league prior to an August 25th deadline. The NFL threw out the gauntlet, and fans now wait to see what Harrison, and/or the NFLPA, will do in regards to their response. As...
Acme Packing Company Aug 16, 2016

Cheese Curds, 8/16: NFL's handling of Matthews & Peppers sets dangerous precedent

With the league threatening suspensions if the players don't sit for an interview, should the players' union continue to fight? The Green Bay Packers are busy preparing for Thursday's preseason game against the Oakland Raiders, but two players also have their minds on another pressing issue: imminent potential suspensions. The news came down on Monday that Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers could be suspended if they continue to refuse to cooperate with the NFL regarding allegations of PED use (which have since been recanted). This sets these individuals and the NFL Player's Association up in...
Acme Packing Company Aug 8, 2016

NFL still pursuing interviews with Packers LBs Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers about PED allegations, per report

No end in sight for the NFL's probe into some PED-related accusations. Amid the fury surrounding the cancellation of Sunday night's Green Bay Packers vs. Indianapolis Colts preseason contest, some significant information about the NFL's ongoing investigation into a performance-enhancing drug scandal surfaced. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the league plans to continue pursue interviews with Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers regarding any potential involvement. The PED accusations first rose when a report from Al-Jazeera America linked Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning with...

NFL announces plans to interview Steelers OLB James Harrison before start of regular season

Despite what James Harrison says to the media, the NFL is planning on interviewing all current NFL players who are indicated in the most recent PED scandal before the regular season begins. Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison is sick of answering questions about the debunked report linking him to performance enhancing drug (PED) use. Unfortunately for Harrison, those questions won't be stopping anytime soon after Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the NFL plans on interviewing all current NFL players who were named in the report -- Harrison, Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers --...

Packers trusting Nick Perry to give Julius Peppers a break

Linebackers Nick Perry and Julius Peppers are connected in a way neither would prefer to admit, but it’s hard to dismiss the logical association.