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Rival Report 8/19: Players in Al Jazeera report agree to NFL interviews, Harrison wants his broadcasted

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Say what you want about Pittsburgh Steelers LB James Harrison but the man knows how to give a good interview. Harrison has agreed to the NFL's demands for an interview about the recanted Al Jazeera report implicating him in a steroid controversy, but he is not happy about it.

"The bigger outcome wasn't really worth it," Harrison said after the Steelers vs. Eagles preseason game. "I wouldn't be on the team. It would hurt the team. It would hurt my teammates, coaches. So, it was easier just to do the interview, I guess."

Harrison wasn't done there though, he pointed out another reason why he wouldn't want to not do the interview after the NFL threatened him with a suspension to NBC's Pro Football Talk.

"If it goes to a conduct detrimental [situation] it goes to the hands of that crook, I mean Roger Goodell, [and] he can do whatever he wants," Harrison said to  PFT. "That's just the bargaining agreement that the players signed."

Considering the long standing fued between James Harrison and the NFL, I wouldn't want to have Goodell be in charge of any arbitrary punishments against me either. It definitely seems like the NFL has all the power in this case and would not hesitate to use it in order to set precedence for their authority. Harrison has just one suggestion for the interview process though, he would like it to be broadcasted on television.

"Whatever evidence they think they have, or reason for questioning me, is out of my control. I really don't know," Harrison said. "I wouldn't have a problem with it being filmed live. I've been prosecuted and persecuted, you know, publicly in the media by them for something I didn't do. So I don't see why we couldn't have the media there and do a live interview. They can ask whatever questions they want and I can answer them.

"Whatever evidence they think they have, or reason for questioning me, is out of my control. I really don't know," Harrison continued. "I wouldn't have a problem with it being filmed live. I've been prosecuted and persecuted, you know, publicly in the media by them for something I didn't do. So I don't see why we couldn't have the media there and do a live interview. They can ask whatever questions they want and I can answer them.

Count me in on that idea, though it obviously will never happen. As far as the other players mentioned in the Al Jazeera report, Julius Peppers and Clay Matthews also agreed to interviews. The lone holdout for the NFL's request for an interview is free agent and former Green Bay Packer Mike Neal.

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