James Harrison Has Fierce Reaction To Being Cleared In Al Jazeera PED Probe

"I have worked for everything I have since day one."

James Harrison takes his vindication seriously. When the Steelers linebacker and fellow NFL players Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers were cleared of wrongdoing by the league Wednesday after an Al Jazeera documentary linked them to performance-enhancing drugs, Harrison posted an Instagram collage of headlines declaring his innocence.

“It’s only breaking news cause you thought I was guilty,” he wrote. “I have my father’s name and I have WORKED for EVERYTHING I have since DAY ONE.”

The NFL said in a statement it had found “no credible evidence” that the players used drugs prohibited by the league, Reuters reported.

The three players, who were threatened with suspension if they did not meet with investigators, were interviewed by the league last week about the doping allegations included in the documentary. In the film, a pharmacist claimed to have supplied steroids to the players, but publicly recanted his statements.

The now-retired Peyton Manning was cleared in July by the NFL in an announcement that was met with some skepticism.