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NFL flexing its muscle by threatening suspension of Steelers OLB James Harrison and others

The NFL, and Roger Goodell, aren't about to wait around for players involved in the Al Jazeera PED report to be interviewed for their potential involvement.

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For those wondering the progress on the NFL's investigation on the debunked Al Jazeera PED report, which linked several current NFL players to Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED), the league has made the next move.

Per reports, the league has told James Harrison, Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers if they are not interviewed by August 25th, they will be facing suspension. Strong words, and the NFL and the NFLPA are not just in a war of words, but a stare down with the NFL and NFLPA, waiting to see who blinks first.

For Harrison, he has been extremely public about his displeasure regarding a potential interview for this investigation. He has never tested positive for a banned substance, has openly stated he has never spoken to anyone related to the report and even sent a sworn affidavit to the league stating his innocence.

On top of all that, Harrison and the NFLPA have been working together to make it clear the NFL is on a witch hunt, as there isn't any type of substantial evidence for even an investigation to take place.

Roger Goodell doesn't seem to care.

The league will rest their hat on the fact Peyton Manning cooperated with the investigation, and was exonerated from any wrong doing, but Manning is no longer currently employed by the NFL. Therefore, he has nothing to lose.

With this news breaking Monday evening, it will be intriguing to see what the NFLPA's response is to the situation. Will the stare down continue, or will Harrison and company oblige the league and interview? Time will tell, but this is far from over.

If you were advising Harrison, what would you tell your client to do? Just interview and get it over with, or stick to your guns and fight back? Let us know by voting in the poll below.