The NFL is threatening to punish several players linked to an Al Jazeera America performance-enhancing drug story, that was released late last year, if those players fail to interview with league officials, ESPN reported. The story alleged that former Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison, Green Bay Packers defenders Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers and free agent fullback Mike Neal all took performance-enhancing substances. The NFL cleared Manning.
The league has threatened to suspend those players under “conduct detrimental to the game” unless they agree to interview with officials by Aug. 25. The report and the company has suffered major damage since then. Ryan Zimmerman and Ryan Howard, both MLB players who were named in the report as well, have sued Al Jazeera for libel. And Al Jazeera America has folded. It doesn’t look like this situation is going away any time soon.