The National Football League moved to pressure the four active players named in the Al Jazeera performance enhancing drug report into giving interviews by threatening all four players with what amounts to indefinite suspensions.
With two of those players, Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers, being members of the Green Bay Packers many fans of the team were wondering how the team would respond in the face of these threats from the League. On Wednesday we got the answer when general manager Ted Thompson issued a statement before the assembled media.
“Before we get started, I’d like [to] touch on a couple of things, specifically the media reports involving Clay and Julius,” Thompson said, as per Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “It’s kind of as simple as pie: We’re going to support our players, we’ve always supported our players and we will continue to support our players. This is no different in this case. I will have nothing further to say on this matter. Everybody in the world’s going to be talking about it, but I’m not going to have anything to say about [it], the Packers will not have anything to say about it until it gets resolved. You can in the meantime direct your questions to the NFL or the NFLPA.”
It's unclear what Matthews and Peppers will do here, but it does sound like the NFLPA intends to fight this, and it could result in both players missing time for Green Bay.