The Men’s Journal article heard around the football world (yes, that’s the first time that phrase has even been written), has already attracted a lot of responses from readers, the media, and even the NFL.
Now the Steelers are ready to chime in.
“I have not yet seen the article in Men’s Journal nor have I spoken to James Harrison about his comments. We will discuss the situation at the appropriate time, when permitted once the labor situation is resolved,” Steelers President Art Rooney II said in a statement.
Harrison’s words about Ben Roethlisberger, Rashard Mendenhall, and Roger Goodell will draw the ire of Rooney and friends in Pittsburgh. It’s possible the team could fine Harrison on their own, but the fact Harrison spoke during the lockout could make the issue tricky.
Mendenhall, who Harrison called a fumbling machine, also responded via Twitter.
“I dont have a problem with what@jharrison9292 said because I know him. But I want you guys 2 check this out,” Mendenhall wrote before linking to last year’s rushing statistics.
In them, Mendenhall ranks fourth in carries with 324 and only fumbled twice. (He did fumble twice in the playoffs.)
Somehow we doubt Harrison has much use for that sort of logic.