YardBarker- Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is among four NFL players who were given an ultimatum by the league on Monday — sit down to discuss the performance-enhancing drug allegations against you or be suspended. Despite the threat, Harrison’s stance has not changed.
Along with Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and Mike Neal, Harrison was accused of taking PEDs in a recent Al Jazeera report — the same one that pointed the finger at Peyton Manning. The NFL Players Association has advised the aforementioned players to not cooperate with the league’s investigation because Charlie Sly, the former anti-aging clinic intern who implicated the players in the Al Jazeera documentary, later recanted his claims.
On Tuesday, Harrison said it would be insane for the NFL to suspend him over baseless allegations.
Oh James, don't be silly. Of course the NFL would never suspend you based on one petty allegation of child molestation. Why would they even feel it necessary to wait until someone came forward? As far as I am concerned James Harrison basically just planted another seed in the league's head. Hope he doesn't plan on bringing his children to a public park anytime soon, because Goodell's goon squad is undoubtedly already trying to Chris Hansen what's left of his career with nothing more than a still shot of him supervising some kids riding a seesaw.
Why wouldn't they do everything in their power to wipe their hands clean of someone that's been so critical of them and contentious towards them when they have the unbridled power to do so? Whether it be a suspension for PED's or pedophilia, the NFL is going to go their damnedest to make sure James Harrison is no longer their concern and his biggest mistake is thinking that logic is going to save him.
There's no burden of proof on a league that prides itself on playing judge, jury, and executioner. They don't need confirmation or witnesses. Slight suspicion will do just fine. That's why James Harrison is being forced to take a break from training camp to try to plead his innocence to a bunch of people the don't particularly care whether or not he's telling the truth. A volatile 38 year old dude that's still productive in a young man's game and was mentioned in a damning report - by a now defunct news outlet - that the NFL indirectly implied was inaccurate by clearing Peyton Manning's name? Well, it's not exactly the most reliable of evidence, but trust that James Harrison's biceps are the only smoking guns the NFL needs to feel comfortable temporarily taking away an aging veteran's ability to play football. Especially when the aging veteran in question has a history of pulling no punches with his upcoming opponent...