It appears that Mike Neal has had a change of heart. The free agent linebacker will consent to be interviewed by the NFL with regards to the Al Jazeera documentary after all, Dan Graziano of ESPN.com tweets.
On Friday morning, it was reported that Neal had decided against agreeing to an interview with league officials. Neal, apparently, decided that it did not behoove him to discuss the allegations, particularly since he did not plan on playing again. It’s not immediately clear whether Neal’s decision to comply with the NFL’s request is a sign that he believes he may continue his career. To date, interest in Neal has been lukewarm at best this offseason.
This week, the other three active players named in the documentary – James Harrison, Julius Peppers, and Clay Matthews – agreed to be interviewed by the NFL. The NFLPA was hoping that Neal would refuse the request and also file a lawsuit against the league, helping the union push back against Goodell’s authority.
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