Steelers' James Harrison Rips NFL Commissioner
Ron Artest, please forward your psychiatrist’s contact information to James Harrison. Stat. The brotha has lost his damn mind. In an interview for the August 2011 issue of Men’s Journal magazine the Steelers linebacker ripped into NFL Commission Roger Goodell, calling him a “crook”, “devil,”, “stupid,” “puppet”, “dictator” and an undisclosed gay slur.
“If that man was on fire and I had to piss to put him out, I wouldn’t do it,” Harrison told the magazine. “I hate him and will never respect him.” Harrison also said.
DAMN. For those that don’t remember, Harrison was fined upwards of $100,000 for illegal hits last season. In his vitriolic diatribe, Harrison even questioned the dollar amounts of his fines and questioned whether black players are punished more for a hard hit on a white players than the opposite.
“I slammed Vince Young on his head and paid five grand, but just touched Drew Brees and that was 20,” Harrison said. “You think black players don’t see this shit and lose all respect for Goodell?”
At this point, one would think that Harrison was done.
He also ripped into NFL execs and Houston’s Texans Linebacker Brian Cushing, who he described as “juiced out of his mind”. Harrison then continued his onslaught, describing former New England Patriots-turned-commentators Rodney Harrison and Tedy Bruschi as “clowns”. But AGAIN, he didn’t stop there. Harrison then turned his attention to his Steelers teammates and ripped not only his starting running back, but also starting quarterback. Harrison describes running back Rashard Mendenhall as a “fumble machine” and also criticized Ben Roethlisberger for his performance in the Super Bowl loss:
“Hey, at least throw a pick on their side of the field instead of asking the D to bail you out again. Or hand the ball off and stop trying to act like Peyton Manning. You ain’t that and you know it, man; you just get paid like he does.”
The only player Harrison didn’t throw under the bus was teammate Steelers safety Troy Polamalu: “”He’s the one guy in football I respect absolutely, ’cause he’s spiritual and lives it like he talks it. You know, he gets more flags than anyone on our team but never gets fined for nothin’. He’s so polite and talks so softly that he could tell he could tell Goodell to kiss his ass, and Goodell would smile and say thank you.”
At current time, the NFL has declined comment, but upon resolution of the lockout, expect Harrison to receive a suspension and at the very least, a massive fine from the league. It will be interesting to see how his organization and team react as historically the Steelers organization has not tolerated off field issues or players popping off. The comments by Harrison could lead to a historic financially crippling response from not only his team, but from the league.