Another day and another conflict with the NFL's process of handling punishments, though this one would definitely would be classified as abnormal. Normally the process is scrutinized after some sort of punishment was levied out, this time a player is making demands before even meeting with the Commish.
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison was named in an Al-Jazeera report along with other notable NFL players like Peyton Manning, Clay Matthews III, and Julius Peppers for alleged steroid use. The NFL now, months later and after Manning has retired from the league, would like to interview Harrison about the report even though the accuser has long since recanted his statements.
As one might expect if you have even a glancing knowledge of James Harrison and his long list of run in's with the NFL disciplinary process, this has not set well with the hard (and not always clean) hitting linebacker. He has since labeled the NFL as a bully and has laid forth his demands for any such meeting to take place.
I certainly don't blame Harrison for wanting the NFL to do things a certain way and be more transparent in the process, but I am not sure he realizes that he doesn't have much say in the way the NFL operates. What could his response even be if they say no to his demands?
He doesn't exactly have a lot of leverage on the league. He could retire, but that really only costs himself money where as the NFL probably would celebrate his leaving. It will be interesting to see what the NFL's response to this will be, but I would most sincerely doubt it will be "Sure, we will be right over".
James Harrison of Pittsburgh Steelers says NFL meeting must be at his house with commissioner Roger Goodell
James Harrison wrote in an Instagram post late Sunday that his meeting with NFL investigators must take place at his house and that commissioner Roger Goodell must attend.
Who can blame James Harrison for not trusting the NFL?
James Harrison appears not to trust the NFL to handle its investigation into reported performance-enhancing drug use fairly.
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