As the NFL digs into the PED allegations raised by an Al Jazeera documentary in December, James Harrison is going on the offensive. This afternoon, the Steelers linebacker submitted a sworn affidavit to the NFL denying the claims made about him in “The Dark Side: Secrets of the Sports Dopers.”
In the document, obtained by Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Harrison says that he has never met or otherwise communicated with Charles Sly, the Indiana-based pharmacist who claimed that he supplied the Steelers veteran and others with performance enhancing drugs. The 38-year-old also specifically denied ever ingesting a compound known as “Delta-2.” In the documentary, Sly is on tape saying that Harrison is a regular user of Delta-2 or, as he refers to it, “D-2.”
The linebacker was among several players Sly accused of receiving PEDs and-or painkillers from Guyer Institute in a 2015 Al Jazeera documentary. Sly has since recanted his claims, but the NFL is still intent on interviewing all of the players linked to the use of banned substances in the documentary. Recently, Harrison took to social media to express the limited terms under which he’d agree to an interview.
In addition to Harrison, the league is also intent on speaking with Clay Matthews, Mike Neal, and Julius Peppers. As a retired player, Peyton Manning cannot be forced to speak with the league, but he is reportedly ready to cooperate because of his desire to serve as a front office executive down the line.
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