The NFL was shocked last year when a report was released, linking players to potential HGH usage, players ranging from Peyton Manning to Clay Matthews. We know that recently Peyton was cleared of all implications, saying there was no direct evidence he was linked to any HGH usage. Well yesterday the NFL announced that James Harrison, Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and former Packer LB Mike Neal, would all be suspended if they did not come in for questioning in the case. James Harrison said several weeks ago that he is open to talking to the NFL, but they must come to him, because he has nothing to hide and won't come to them for something he did not do. The players have until August 25th to comply with the leagues request for interviews, and their suspensions will begin on the 26th, and carry until they come in for questioning, and then after determining if they are guilty or innocent in the allegations. The NFLPA has announced they do not have a comment at this time, but I can imagine they are working with the players and the NFL, to achieve a peaceful solution.
Harrison declined to comment during camp, while Marthews called the allegations "bogus" as he is frustrated that he had to continue addressing the situation, but is optimistic the truth will come out, while Peppers called the allegations "nonsense". Earlier this summer NFLPA assistant executive director of external affairs, George Atallah said that the NFL needs to provide the players with more evidence before forcing them to come in for questioning, stating that the league ""They have proved to have a terrible track record when it comes to investigations," Atallah said of the NFL."
Whether the allegations are false or true, I will imagine the players will comply simply to avoid suspension, even if the NFL is out of line.