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James Harrison takes aim at Goodell, others in new interview

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To anyone out who there thinks the lockout is boring, it’s time to fasten your seat belts.

Steelers linebacker James Harrison doesn’t appreciate the league’s decisions to fine him for hits that Harrison insists were legal, and Harrison likewise doesn’t appreciate the league’s efforts to expand the rules in a way that could get him fined even more.  The focal point of his frustration is Commissioner Roger Goodell, and Harrison has unloaded on the man in charge of the game as part of a new interview with Men’s Journal magazine.

“If that man was on fire and I had to piss to put him out, I wouldn’t do it,” Harrison said, per the Associated Press.  “I hate him and will never respect him.”

Harrison also called Goodell a “crook” and a “devil” and a “puppet” and a “dictator.”   Harrison also described Goodell with the use of what the AP calls an “anti-gay slur,” a clumsy articulation of what most people describe simply as a “gay slur.”  (Unless there’s a new slur that is used to describe folks who don’t like gay people. . . .  Maybe Harrison called Goodell “Michele Bachmann.”)

Harrison likewise said that, if the Steelers had won Super Bowl XLV, he would have whispered this particular sweet nothing in Goodell’s ear:  “Why don’t you quit and do something else, like start your own league in flag football?”

But Goodell isn’t alone in feeling Harrison’s wrath.  Harrison calls former Patriots standouts Tedy Bruschi and Rodney Harrison “clowns.”  Harrison also claims that Texans linebacker Brian Cushing is “juiced out of his mind.”

Hell, some of Harrison’s venom even splashed inside the Pittsburgh locker room, with the Pro Bowler criticizing running back Rashard Mendenhall and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for their performances in the February loss to the Packers, which kept Harrison from using the fairly lame “flag football” line on Goodell.  (He should have gone with “jerk store.”)

It looks like I have to go find a copy of Men’s Journal.  And it sounds like there won’t be many left on the shelves this month.

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  1. polishkingski says: Jul 13, 2011 8:08 AM

    i always thought bruschi was a big ham and cushing has sucked since being popped for using ped`s. harrisons ok with me.

  2. phillyfinsfan says: Jul 13, 2011 8:09 AM

    “Hey everyone! Come listen to what I have to say. I’m dumb and angry; angry and dumb!”

  3. rpiotr01 says: Jul 13, 2011 8:10 AM

    And what was Harrison’s mighty line in the SB? 1 tackle, 1 sack. He was shut down by the Packers “vaunted” offensive line.

    He’s a good player but he’s gotta just suck it up and play.

    p.s. kudos on the “jerk store” reference!

  4. savocabol1 says: Jul 13, 2011 8:11 AM

    This clown is all talk. Get Goodell and him in a room together and he wouldn’t say any of this to him. He is typical Pittsburgh scum.

  5. virginiaiggle says: Jul 13, 2011 8:11 AM

    Someone who respects Harrison and doesn’t hate him should pull him aside and remind him hay just because he *can* say something doesn’t mean he *should* say something.

  6. daburgher says: Jul 13, 2011 8:12 AM

    Cue the haters…”Harrison hits too hard therefore he’s a dirty player”

  7. berniemadoffsides says: Jul 13, 2011 8:13 AM

    Dude really needs to keep his mouth shut…

  8. steelerfan77 says: Jul 13, 2011 8:14 AM

    I am a life long Steelers fan, I am getting very tired of the PFT boredom in reporting every single word any player says. James Harrison’s comments have no merit because they are emotional garbage.

    Let’s just plat football and forget all of this nonsense reporting!!

  9. gottawoodley says: Jul 13, 2011 8:15 AM

    Note to all NFL Players, especially the Pittsburgh Steelers – JUST SHUT UP…

    What ever happened to the best thing to say is saying nothing at all?

    The chief has to be flipping in his grave right now…wow are these current Steelers giving the Rooneys a bad name.

  10. footballhistorian says: Jul 13, 2011 8:16 AM

    Looks like someone needs to get back on their meds. The BIGGEST cheap shot artist of the league is also the BIGGEST dope. There’s probably something wrong upstairs with this moron…thought – mouth…no filter. Unless it’s already happened and I haven’t read it, I’m betting that this tool ends up beating up his wife, girl-friend or both.

  11. rgwhodey says: Jul 13, 2011 8:19 AM

    BUM, “If that man was on fire and I had to piss to put him out, I wouldn’t do it”

    way to steal a line from Eminem, your a fraud just like your organization..

  12. grpatriot says: Jul 13, 2011 8:22 AM

    Harrison on Harrison crime…James has a short memory. Rodney was considered a dirty player his entire career for dealing out ferrocious hits!
    Both ex-Patriots are transitioning to the media.
    Doing what they have to do…
    Then to attack players on his own Team, makes him a sore loser, immature fool who thinks it’s all about him. Laying out a defenseless players isn’t real Football. Does James want to maim, injure fellow players? Is it all about the fines?
    Attacking Goodell isn’t very smart either, considering he’s the man handing out the fines…DUH!

  13. enders9 says: Jul 13, 2011 8:23 AM

    Will this guy ever stop crying about his fines?

  14. touchdownsyndrome says: Jul 13, 2011 8:25 AM

    Did he mention anything about dropping nuts?

  15. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 13, 2011 8:25 AM

    James Harrison needs to worry about football and football only.

  16. iflounder says: Jul 13, 2011 8:25 AM

    doesn’t harrison also keep all his money burried in mason jars in his backyard to protect it form “jews, aliens, pirates, and obama?”

  17. jw731 says: Jul 13, 2011 8:27 AM

    Another Classy Stiller….Was he driving a bus when he spoke of his teammates?

  18. myeaglescantwin says: Jul 13, 2011 8:27 AM

    i have to say, i agree with most of what he says.. although most of his hits are borderline SPEARING which is illegal and should be fined.

    cushing is a juice head ,, Godell is a gay slur that is ruining the game we have grown to love.

    but be real jerome.. you were a no name on the practice squad.. then a year & about 30lbs of new muscle later,, you are MVP… you gonna tell me you got there naturally??

  19. chadmurdigan says: Jul 13, 2011 8:27 AM

    My mama always taught me, “If you can’t say something nice about someone, don’t say anything.” Modern parents agree and also tell their adult children with child-like minds to “If you can’t Twitter something nice about someone, don’t Tweet.”

  20. connie73 says: Jul 13, 2011 8:28 AM

    Harrison is proving to be the biggest scum bag
    on the Steelers team. He talks about everyone else. He should look at his stats before he opens his mouth. He is one angry dude.

  21. dccowboy says: Jul 13, 2011 8:28 AM

    I think he’s losing it..

  22. buckhuckster says: Jul 13, 2011 8:29 AM

    “If that man was on fire and I had to piss to put him out, I wouldn’t do it”

    It’s ok, Roger. R Kelly will be there for you.

  23. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: Jul 13, 2011 8:30 AM

    ‘Roid rage?

    I think most people can agree that it probably isn’t wise to hurl public insults at the head of the organization that employs you. Maybe that’s just me.

  24. heisthejuan says: Jul 13, 2011 8:32 AM

    What a baby.

  25. watermelon1 says: Jul 13, 2011 8:35 AM

    LEARN HOW TO TACKLE, and maybe you’d have a point, Harrison.

    A lot of those Steelers fans that used to think this guy was good…. are now probably seeing the light… that Woodley and Farrior MADE this guy… not the other way around.

    And thanks to the Cardinals throwing a quick slant instead of a jump ball to the best jump-ball receiver in the game(Fitzgerald)… Harrison got the stupidest play in recent history of the Super Bowl. Steelers had a good defense before him, they’ll have one without him.

    This guy is so overrated, and I don’t think he’ll be getting to another pro-bowl the rest of his career now that he’s just taking shots at anyone.

  26. daburgher says: Jul 13, 2011 8:36 AM

    so much hate.. im sure you all would take his talents on your team

  27. austinbrownsfan says: Jul 13, 2011 8:36 AM

    And this surprises anyone coming out of Pittspuke? Harrison’s been targeting WRs for years now … me thinks he’s got a target on his jersey now.

  28. annnann says: Jul 13, 2011 8:37 AM

    Wow..Anger management might be the answer, James Harrison. The Steelers are losing it big during this lockout.

  29. evrybdyhas1 says: Jul 13, 2011 8:39 AM

    Maybe another case of “roid” rage? Can he really be so dumb as to think what he says has relevance? He is interesting because he is making an a** of himself.

  30. chatham10 says: Jul 13, 2011 8:39 AM

    Where is Harrison’s agent? I thought the agent was there to take his cut of pay and then try and keep his client out of trouble. I have heard more trash talk from the Steelers players and I’m sure the Steelers who have in the past years been a class outfit are wondering what has gone wrong The last few years Big Ben, Mendenhall, Harrison and even Hines Ward are making headlines.

  31. ampats says: Jul 13, 2011 8:44 AM

    Another moron that needs a yield sign between the rock in his head and his mouth.

    It’s pretty low to throw your team mates under the bus for the SB loss when he didn’t contribute anything special to win the game.

  32. silvernblackpa says: Jul 13, 2011 8:49 AM

    You know, for a fearsome man-beast, Harrison sure does whine and cry a lot

  33. biggerballz says: Jul 13, 2011 8:50 AM

    the jerk store called, they’re running out of harrisons

  34. boothisman says: Jul 13, 2011 8:50 AM

    rgwhodey says:
    Jul 13, 2011 8:19 AM
    BUM, “If that man was on fire and I had to piss to put him out, I wouldn’t do it”

    way to steal a line from Eminem, your a fraud just like your organization..

    —————————————-

    Ummm that line is older then me, you, and Eminem, so just stop.

    Again, takes a Steeler to act like a man and come out and say these things, instead of acting like a child and being ‘Anonymous’.

    So sorry he likes to play the game like it should be played. Maybe when you’re about to take a hit (I’m looking at you Mohamed Massaquoi) you shouldn’t duck your head down like a moron?

  35. vadog says: Jul 13, 2011 8:52 AM

    Hmmmm…and Cushing is all ‘roided up? I guess James looks in the mirror and sees Brian!!

  36. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Jul 13, 2011 8:52 AM

    Can’t believe the circus that the Rooneys have let the Steelers become. What the hell happened?

  37. emmonsh says: Jul 13, 2011 8:52 AM

    daburgher says:Jul 13, 2011 8:12 AM

    Cue the haters…”Harrison hits too hard therefore he’s a dirty player”

    no the guy is so fuucking stupid he cant hit without using his head as a weapon. useless player. needs to go pick cotten

  38. jnbnet says: Jul 13, 2011 8:54 AM

    This was interview where he is pushing his new book, “How to Make Friends and Influence People”

  39. steelmill says: Jul 13, 2011 8:55 AM

    rgwhodey says:
    Jul 13, 2011 8:19 AM
    BUM, “If that man was on fire and I had to piss to put him out, I wouldn’t do it”

    way to steal a line from Eminem, your a fraud just like your organization..

    How old are you if you think Eminem was the first to say that line.

  40. vargafamily1 says: Jul 13, 2011 8:56 AM

    James Harrison doesn’t appreciate the league’s decisions to fine him for hits that Harrison insists were legal, and Harrison likewise doesn’t appreciate the league’s efforts to expand the rules in a way that could get him fined even more.

    ————————

    Than get a different job, asshat.

  41. erfoster says: Jul 13, 2011 8:56 AM

    1st let me say i’m a huge steelers fan. 2nd let me say #92 needs to keep his mouth shut and quit cryin about last year’s fines.

  42. semperfi24 says: Jul 13, 2011 8:56 AM

    I have long enjoyed taking shots at other teams and their players, since my team has taken many shots (queue the Bellycheat comments, LMFAO). Anyway, I have taken shots at Harrison, but always tongue in cheek, but I am losing respect for him now, and here is why:

    Why is Harrison so intent on being able to hurt people? If the rules change, you can question the change, but then move on. Change your game, adapt to the new rules. By bitching about it constantly, it comes across as he doesnt to want change his game, he wants to be able to take head shots at people. Whats the matter James, cant you put a shoulder into a guys gut, wrap him up and take him down?

  43. folkcrusader says: Jul 13, 2011 9:01 AM

    Sounds like without off season testing someone was able to get two ‘roids cycles in.

  44. str8up12 says: Jul 13, 2011 9:01 AM

    Ah…. the new Joey Porter. Makes lots of “big” plays against the Bungles and Browns then completely disappears against good teams. Runs his mouth like he’s the greatest of all time. At least Polamalu keeps his mouth shut.

  45. pahahaha says: Jul 13, 2011 9:02 AM

    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

  46. firejimcadwell says: Jul 13, 2011 9:05 AM

    The mental midget strikes again. Enjoy your fine fool.

  47. Kaz says: Jul 13, 2011 9:05 AM

    I love how Harrison gets a pass because he’s a Stealer…. Everyone else knows he is one of the most unstable people in the league. But the media turns a blind eye.

  48. billinva says: Jul 13, 2011 9:08 AM

    I guess he’s another member of the Whines Hard club.

  49. jimphin says: Jul 13, 2011 9:09 AM

    Isn’t the NFLPA responsible for the drive to make the game of football more “safer”.

    Goodell only implements the policy. He doesn’t make the policy. The owners decide on non-toothless policy’s…some which are player’s union negotiated agreements.

    It seems that the Union gets to play both sides of this fence. Demanding a safer game on one hand and then feigning to appeal any judgement against players that make defenseless hits.

    Harrison should be working through his his union to make changes…unless he fears that Brady, Brees, & Manning have a larger voice.

  50. macgee10 says: Jul 13, 2011 9:15 AM

    That’s it I can’t this guy anymore. Either suspend him for a season or kick him out of the league. Yeah goodell has his flaws but he’s still the commissioner and obviously isn’t going anywhere. I hope Harrison faces some serious consequences when the lockout is over just for not keeping your mouth shut.

  51. daburgher says: Jul 13, 2011 9:16 AM

    emmonsh says:
    Jul 13, 2011 8:52 AM
    daburgher says:Jul 13, 2011 8:12 AM

    Cue the haters…”Harrison hits too hard therefore he’s a dirty player”

    no the guy is so fuucking stupid he cant hit without using his head as a weapon. useless player. needs to go pick cotten

    he used his head a few times and many of those were unavoidable.. learn how to spelll… go pick cotten? your a dumb redneck

  52. weneedlinemen42 says: Jul 13, 2011 9:19 AM

    Dear James,

    why do feel so angry at the prospect of having to tackle people properly, rather than hitting them in the head?

    I know that you will now have to get lower, are you worried about your back. Is that it, is getting low enough to tackle someone at pad level too much?

    Seriously, just give the new rules ago. You never know, you might feel quite manly when you tackle someone, stop the momentum and drive them backwards, rather than say smacking them in the back of the head and knocking them out. Maybe that’s just me. Maybe I am just weird but I feel more achievement tackling someone rather than you know, striking them in the head in a sport where they cannot possibly retaliate in kind without getting ejected from the game.

    Just try it. Beat those offensive players in a trial of strength against strength, rather than say cheap shotting them in the head. You might not feel so angry with the entire world then.

  53. jliskiew says: Jul 13, 2011 9:20 AM

    @footballhistorian – funny you mention domestic issues, I do believe Harrison was arrested in 2008 for just such an incident…

  54. holeinone09 says: Jul 13, 2011 9:21 AM

    Huge Steeler fan. While I respect Harrison’s (or anyone’s) right to speak his mind, and while I do believe the league has made a mess out of the illegal hit dererminations/fines, sometimes I just wish he would STFU and just play. If you say something stupid, you deserve what people then say about you in return. Everyone knows he hates Godell. Why does he have to say crazy things like that? It serves no purpose whatsoever. As well, the article didn’t say what he supposedly said about Ben and Mendenhall, but unless Harrison never had a bad day, then again, just STFU! What good does it serve?

    And, can’t people stick to criticizing the person and NOT the entire organization? Is there any team that does not have at least one moron on it? Come on people, you sound as bad as Harrison with some of your own comments, so you are hypocrites.

    Can we please just watch some football instead of having to listen to this type of crap?

  55. bubbabart says: Jul 13, 2011 9:27 AM

    That’s his PED’s talking.

  56. cwmorga says: Jul 13, 2011 9:34 AM

    According to Sirius NFL Radio he also said that the league also imposes stiffer fines when a black player hits a white player. He’s a meat head and needs to keep his mouth shut. Remember this is the same guy who said he wouldn’t visit the White House after winning the SB because he wouldn’t have been invited had he played on the losing team? Uh yeah, that’s kinda the point, James.

  57. steelmill says: Jul 13, 2011 9:43 AM

    myeaglescantwin says:
    Jul 13, 2011 8:27 AM
    i have to say, i agree with most of what he says.. although most of his hits are borderline SPEARING which is illegal and should be fined.
    ————————————————

    I agree with you on this myeaglescantwin, but he’s barely 6ft tall and any LB worth his salt plays low to get his pad level down which puts him at what 5’5 – 5’6 range? That produces alot of hits that appear as spearing, but what can he do?
    ————————————————-
    but be real jerome.. you were a no name on the practice squad.. then a year & about 30lbs of new muscle later,, you are MVP… you gonna tell me you got there naturally??

    Who’s Jerome? HA! This is completely wrong. “James” came into the league undrafted in 2002, Was on the practice squad for the Steelers and the Ravens, and played in NFL Europe for a year before making the Steelers 53 man roster as a special teams player in 2006. He didn’t start until J. Porter was cut for salary cap reasons in 2007. He was considered to light coming out of college at 240 lbs….Current weight is listed between 242-250. As far as you juicing insinuation google pics of Harrison at Kent State.

  58. glac1 says: Jul 13, 2011 9:47 AM

    The players “IQ” level shows again. It’s time to grow up and act your age. If you don’t like the rules then I suggest you find another career.

  59. pistol0928 says: Jul 13, 2011 9:50 AM

    I love this guy.

  60. phinheads says: Jul 13, 2011 9:51 AM

    ahhhhh if anyone of use were fined the amt that JH has been fined I think we would all be saying the same things. Just consider the $$ for a minute. Goodell blows!

  61. bullcharger says: Jul 13, 2011 9:52 AM

    Not sure what world Harrison lives in. If the NFL change the rules, players have to play by the new rules or be penalized.

    It’s not that difficult. The guy is so self-centered it boggles the mind.

    His 15 minutes of fame are almost up, so he’s desperate to hear his name mentioned in the media before he fades into mediocrity and is forgotten like Joey Porter.

  62. rockinron2 says: Jul 13, 2011 9:55 AM

    What happened to the talk of HGH blood testing in the new CBA? Harrison and Cushing should be the first 2 tested to see who “wins”. My guess is they would both fail.

  63. johnnycamparm says: Jul 13, 2011 9:57 AM

    I’m a die hard Steeler fan, and I am pissed… I say f#ck you Harrison! It’s one thing to go off on a rant about the Commissioner who supposedly “took” your money… But to go and stab your teammates in the back is just unforgivable for me. Mendenhall may have been the guy who made borderline treasonous comments, but you sir are the traitor…

  64. treadstone06 says: Jul 13, 2011 9:58 AM

    What’s the likelihood that Goodells’ punishment is putting whiney britches and Herschel Walker in a cage for 15 minutes? Anyone else pay to see that? Just a thought…

  65. oscojoe says: Jul 13, 2011 9:59 AM

    It is sad that one of the premier & classy organizations in all of sports has a player like Harrison who (unfortunetly) is one of the faces of their team.

    His race baiting comments and verbal attack against Ted Bruschi , Rodney Harrison & members of his own team shows how arrogant and selfish a player he is.

    Steelers you are better then this; time to send him to the raiders or the jets where he is a better fit for their locker room.

  66. imjinbrdgr says: Jul 13, 2011 10:04 AM

    A loud mouth is a loud mouth is a loud mouth. If only we had real football to talk about.

    Of course he is right about Ben Roethlisberger andRashard Mendenhall they played like crap in the SB and I thank them very much.

  67. jesse1834 says: Jul 13, 2011 10:05 AM

    Since when is the AP the moral authority on what is and what isn’t a gay slur? I’m sure the LGBT appreciateS the AP telling them, what is supposed to be offensive to that community.

  68. realitypolice says: Jul 13, 2011 10:05 AM

    steelmill says:

    I agree with you on this myeaglescantwin, but he’s barely 6ft tall and any LB worth his salt plays low to get his pad level down which puts him at what 5’5 – 5’6 range? That produces alot of hits that appear as spearing, but what can he do?
    =========================

    He can try wrapping his arms and keeping his head up like he was taught in pee wee football.

  69. Sayre Bedinger says: Jul 13, 2011 10:06 AM

    Not really a good way to put yourself in headlines, and really just a childish collective group of statements. Harrison better cover this up, because the Steelers are one of the classiest teams in the league, and this is an embarrassment.

  70. realitypolice says: Jul 13, 2011 10:08 AM

    I love the fact that he calls Goodell a “puppet” and a “dictator”.

    Can someone please buy Mr. Harrison a dictionary?

  71. mswravens says: Jul 13, 2011 10:09 AM

    You know the person or people each of us knows that is constantly complaining…and it’s always someone else’s fault…and you just want to tell that person/those people to take a good look in the mirror? You know, either EVERYONE else is wrong…or maybe it might just be you?

    Well, bottom line is that James Harrison is that guy. Practically all the rest of the football world (outside the Steeler organization & fan base) sees his on field conduct as dangerous, unnecessary, illegal and, in his own words, designed to hurt people. Yet he keeps crying like the 12-year old little girl he truly is inside…other than when, you know, he’s hitting his wife.

    Anyway, the more he talks, the more he embarasses himself…and the Steelers…as if either was capable of being embarassed for anything they do. Guys got some screws loose, and I just hope he gets the proper anger management before he hurts someone (other than himself) permanently.

  72. blackheld says: Jul 13, 2011 10:17 AM

    virginiaiggle says: Jul 13, 2011 8:11 AM

    Someone who respects Harrison and doesn’t hate him should pull him aside and remind him hay just because he *can* say something doesn’t mean he *should* say something.

    —————————————————

    We asked both of these people, and both declined. His agent didn’t return our calls, and his mother was quoted as saying, “Are you nuts?”

  73. mkdave23 says: Jul 13, 2011 10:20 AM

    As a Raven’s fan I’m not exactly James’ biggest supporter, but I think he plays the game how it should be played. It should be vicious and it should be dangerous. If he wants to call out Goodell, fine, if he wants to claim Cushing is on steriods, little late to the party, but fine. But calling out your own teammates? What a D-bag.

  74. walkinginthewasteland says: Jul 13, 2011 10:21 AM

    James is James. Sorry he doesn’t meet your pathetic PC requirements. He plays the game like it should be played, hard and intense. Most of the things he got fined for were ridiculous. The league (not the union) has been making more and more rule changes without any regard for how the game is played. Add to that blatant holds/takedowns that are never called on James and its no wonder he is angry.

    Take QBs. 10 years ago all the changes regarding blows to the head. What happens? The players go lower. Then we get knee injuries. More rules. It is only this year that the asshats are changing the blow to the head rule so only real blows count, instead of changing the outcome of games over taps because Tom Bundchen starts whining like a menstruating 14 year old because gamesmanship is a good chunk of his game.

    Now we have the retarded defenseless hit rules, and attempts to penalize the defense without taking into account the actions of the offensive player. Anyone who actually looks at the replays of the Cleveland game, would see that the WR lowered himself/ducked down. And the defensive players is supposed to adjust in midstream? At full game speed? BS.

    Elite players who make plays do so off of years of finely honed instincts. Goodell and his coeterie of asshats want the players to toss those instincts and start making value judgements in mid leap, to, you know, avoid penalties. Garbage.

    Add to all this the selective penalty calling. In last years AFCDG, Steelers-Ravens, Suggs forced a fumble and in the process smacked Roethlisberger hard in the head. It wasn’t called. If it had been Bundchen or Paid-A-Ton it would have been. It happens to other QBs also, the ones the media isn’t constantly fellating. In other games Ben gets broken noses and there are no calls. Its just the way it is. Goodell has tampered with the integrity of the game, in how he mandates what officials should be looking for. I am not talking about rule changes, I am talking about selective enforcement and stressing the the refs make these calls, to the point where it is accepted to make the wrong call, instead of possibly missing a call.

    Utter and complete garbage. That damages the integrity of the game

    There was a game last year which looked like the refs were trying to fix the game. The calls in the Oakland-Steeler game went beyond the pale. Jason Cambell was flopping like an NBA Euro, after every contact and the refs were buying everyone call.

    In some cases, Harrison has been labeled a dirty player by self-serving, Steeler haters in the media. I am talking about John “I am still bitter about the immaculate interception” Madden, who is massively biased calling the 2008 SB. I am talking about an Aaron Francisco cut block on Harrison’s knees, then being blocked down to the ground and knocked over again when he tried to get up. Madden whined about a dirty punch. Madden who led the biggest bunch of dirty hitters the league has ever seen, hypocritically whining about Harrison.

  75. supashug says: Jul 13, 2011 10:27 AM

    Honestly, you would think after Mendenhall some ground rules would have been set

    this isn”t a slip that a PFT source reported. He went out of his way to take a magazine article to say things that ultimately hurt the Steelers image. He had no image to uphold

    btw, he is desperate for attention which means he was probably beaten by fat girls as a kid

  76. qj1984 says: Jul 13, 2011 10:27 AM

    LMAO @ this nut calling someone else juiced. Not only does Harrison look like he’s on the stuff his constant aggression and instance on saying stupid stuff suggests he’s got a little roid rage going on himself. Not to mention he’s a guy that couldnt even make the freaking team, the Steelers cut the guy like 5 times and then all of a sudden, he’s freaking freak of nature. When HGH testing comes, the first guy I am testing is Harrison not Cushing.

  77. bullcharger says: Jul 13, 2011 10:28 AM

    I don’t understand all the whining regarding the fines. 125K in fines in 2010 and he received a 10 million dollar signing bonus in 2009 and was scheduled to receive a 2.8 million dollar roster bonus in 2010. That doesn’t even include salary.

    Percentage wise that’s less than a 5% fine against his 2010 bonus alone. That’s nothing. It’s a joke.

    Even if some of the hits didn’t deserve fines, at least some of the hits were terrible and he’s a repeat offender that doesn’t care about the rule changes. He should have been suspended and after this outburst I wouldn’t be surprised if he was suspended for at least 3 games the next time he does it.

  78. 1historian says: Jul 13, 2011 10:28 AM

    The owners are LOVING stuff like this.

    The players are getting antsy because it’s summer and their bodies are telling them to just get out there and hit somebody. And they NEED THE MONEY. People like Harrison are Godsends to the press because if they goad them the right way they’ll eventually shoot their mouth off, as in this piece.

    The fans are getting antsy because it’s summer and it’s time for them to open their wallets and get out there and buy some overpriced tickets and maybe (if they don’t have a job) go to watch training but they can’t because there is no training so they will raise all kinds of ruckus in places like this.

    I expect this will all be over within 2 weeks.

    The owners have won but they will be gracious in victory – if they have a lick of sense.

  79. bhindenemylines says: Jul 13, 2011 10:29 AM

    daburgher says:
    Jul 13, 2011 8:12 AM
    Cue the haters…”Harrison hits too hard therefore he’s a dirty player”

    ———————————

    Its not about hate, its about common sense.

    In any profession an employee who publicly vilifies his boss the way Harrison has is an idiot. And most employees in this situation would be fired.

    Harrison should consider himself lucky because he will only get fined for this interview and not fired.

  80. vetdana says: Jul 13, 2011 10:31 AM

    It probably isn’t wise to hurl public insults at the head of the organization that employs you.

    Goodell carries a bigger stick ! Watch for it to fall again in the future ![ some people just never learn from experiance]

  81. silvernblackpa says: Jul 13, 2011 10:32 AM

    There was a game last year which looked like the refs were trying to fix the game. The calls in the Oakland-Steeler game went beyond the pale. Jason Cambell was flopping like an NBA Euro, after every contact and the refs were buying everyone call.

    Only Steelers fans….ONLY Steelers fans…could find ways to piss and moan about a game their team won 35-3.

  82. silvernblackpa says: Jul 13, 2011 10:34 AM

    Madden who led the biggest bunch of dirty hitters the league has ever seen, hypocritically whining about Harrison.

    Hahahahah, perhaps spend some time watching Mel Blount, Joe Greene and Jack Lambert clips.

    Honestly, the persecution complex is hysterical.

  83. wlubake says: Jul 13, 2011 10:38 AM

    James, is it possible to be both a puppet and a dictator?

  84. browns1968 says: Jul 13, 2011 10:39 AM

    Not very smart James,Now who’s going to get you the League,Your Owner or Karma.

    League must do something about anti-gay slur
    Big fine coming.Kobe was fined I think 100,000

    Owner one of the best in all sports will talk to him but don’t think we will find out what was said or he could trade him.

    Karma will get you injury coming your way.

    I can’t believe Pittsburgh fans are taking the side of James,he would not try to save a life and his anti-gay slur.

  85. potviking says: Jul 13, 2011 10:43 AM

    This guy is awesome

  86. aldashex86 says: Jul 13, 2011 10:50 AM

    James…..shut up!! The Steelers need to cut bait with this moron. I wish they would have kept my Buckeye Thadeus Gibson to replace him. Oh well, Jason Worilds and Chris Carter can fight for his job. Give him to the Jets where his big mouth will be welcomed. 2nd round pick would be more than enough for me.

    Woodley is better/younger and plays the harder position….strong side. The Steelers have drafted OLB’s these past 2 years. Bye Bye Silverback.

  87. dangonavyboy says: Jul 13, 2011 10:53 AM

    harrison is a tool..simple enough..dude talks bad cause he knows goodell cant do nothing..but will he say anything when the lockout ends…nope..cause he doesnt have any balls..he is all talk…its also funny how the media treats certain players..for example when T.O made comments about his team players..oh man you would have thought he slept with there wife and daughters..everyone made a big deal about it..was T.O right..not saying he was but its funny how certain players i guess get a pass or “well he is telling the truth” pass..when others who say something simaliar are horrible teammates..i could really care less bout harrison..i dont get why nfl players cant follow a simple rule..dont talk..cause most of the time people really dont care what you have to say..go win..thats all..just play and collect your paycheck and shut up..

  88. glac1 says: Jul 13, 2011 10:54 AM

    It’s players like this that make me want the owners to tighten up and play hardball. They’re spoiled jocks who need to be put in place until they grow up. If the conditions are that bad then quit. With our unemployment at record levels we easily can fill a roster with quality people.

  89. davoider says: Jul 13, 2011 10:56 AM

    Quote of the year?

    “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,” he said, referring to Roethlisberger’s two interceptions in the game.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/6764826/james-harrison-pittsburgh-steelers-blasts-roger-goodell-magazine-interview

  90. Deb says: Jul 13, 2011 10:56 AM

    This isn’t the first time I’ve wanted to muzzle Harrison, but if this is true, this time he–and his ego–have finally gone too far. No one player is bigger than the team. I’ve said before that no player should be speaking publicly without having his words vetted by the team. This is why. Harrison has opened the door to disharmony in the locker room and enmity with the league. I can’t stand Roger Goodell, but there’s no excuse for one of his players to show him this level of disrespect in public.

    I believe the Steelers should sit him for at least the Baltimore game. Actions have consequences.

    @str8up12 …

    Joey Porter had a big mouth. But he never attacked his teammates in public.

  91. mvp43 says: Jul 13, 2011 10:57 AM

    James-

    You are why stereotypes exist in sports.

  92. jcg23 says: Jul 13, 2011 11:02 AM

    Bruschi is a good man. I’m no Patty’s fan, but the dude had a stroke and came back and played for years afterwards. That is “will” that 99% of humans just do not have.

  93. CKL says: Jul 13, 2011 11:07 AM

    holeinone09 says:
    Jul 13, 2011 9:21 AM
    As well, the article didn’t say what he supposedly said about Ben and Mendenhall, but unless Harrison never had a bad day, then again, just STFU! What good does it serve?

    __________________________________
    I just heard on First Take a little of what he said on BR. Yikes. Loosely paraphrased from my watching: Harrison said BR’s paid like Manning but isn’t and stop trying to throw all the time like Manning. Just hand off or at least don’t throw an INT on the Pitt side of the field so the D has to bail him out again.

    It’s well known that I don’t think much of BR in any way but that’s absolutely positively to me the death knell for Harrison as a teammate.

    The guy is nuts talking about teammates publicly like that. Is he trying to write his ticket out of Pitt or what??? Hey Harrison…YOU aren’t Manning either. Manning can and does criticize his teammates publicly and get wrongly fellated for it as it’s him being some great leader or one man band in Indy . Don’t think you are going to be that lucky.

  94. buckfigben says: Jul 13, 2011 11:31 AM

    The dude beat up his sons mother, broke her cell phone during a 911 call, called out the league, called out his teammates, publicly embarrassed himself and the Steelers organization. But that’s “Steeler football…arrrghhh” LMAO.

  95. warner2fitz says: Jul 13, 2011 11:47 AM

    What an idiot!!! I’m quite sure Harrison will make the comments Hebrew misquoted…blah blah blah!!!
    I see a suspension in his future & he deserves a big one!!!

  96. ricofoy says: Jul 13, 2011 11:47 AM

    Yes, you can be a puppet and a dictator. Goodell is a puppet of the owners and a dictator of the players. What’s so hard to comprehend about that?

  97. pitch87mph says: Jul 13, 2011 12:04 PM

    What’s wrong with this guy? I can’t recall if he ever had any mishaps off the field. But the tenor of this article seems to indicate that it’s only a matter of time before we hear about a domestic dispute, an argument in a bar, or some other “issue” involving an inability to control one’s anger. A psychiatrist would have a FIELD DAY with this banter. What an ass! Get help, dude! For your own good.

  98. liquid4012 says: Jul 13, 2011 12:13 PM

    “BUM, “If that man was on fire and I had to piss to put him out, I wouldn’t do it”

    way to steal a line from Eminem, your a fraud just like your organization..”

    Yeah, that line has been around since the beginning of time, dummy.

    Good for you, James. At least we have one player in the league with some balls. What’s everyone else’s excuse?

  99. andythesilverandblacknation says: Jul 13, 2011 12:15 PM

    Harrison looks like the one of Roids…Juicy Head!!!

  100. realitypolice says: Jul 13, 2011 12:28 PM

    ricofoy says:
    Jul 13, 2011 11:47 AM
    Yes, you can be a puppet and a dictator. Goodell is a puppet of the owners and a dictator of the players. What’s so hard to comprehend about that?
    =================
    dic·ta·tor   
    [dik-tey-ter, dik-tey-ter]
    –noun
    1.
    a person exercising absolute power, especially a ruler who has absolute, unrestricted control

    —If Goodell is controlled by an entity that has authority over him, he can’t have the absolute power required the very definition of “Dictator”.

    That would be like saying the shift manager of McDonald’s is the “dictator” of the fry cooks.

    There can be only one dictator in an company, organization, or government. And if Goodell ain’t making the rules, he ain’t it.

  101. thewizardsrevenge says: Jul 13, 2011 12:31 PM

    Maybe Harrison called Goodell “Michele Bachmann.”)

    As our economy approaches implosion from 50 years of liberal tax and spend, take shots at those who would fix it. Good.

  102. agentj281 says: Jul 13, 2011 1:05 PM

    talking bad about owners and the commish will get u fined but this guy is insulting the players he has no respect why would anyone wanna play with him

  103. realfootballfan says: Jul 13, 2011 1:13 PM

    Well, I do agree with the Cushing assessment.

  104. dolphinmick says: Jul 13, 2011 1:29 PM

    There is clearly a better way of airing out differences and it seems that some of these comments are grounds for a suspension and a lesson in stupidity if he in fact said them.

  105. thefightingfitzpatrick says: Jul 13, 2011 1:31 PM

    Maybe James Harrison should know that Rodney Harrison works for NBC SPORTS and Tedy Bruschi works for ESPN. ESPN carries Monday Night Football and NBC has Sunday Night Football (and PFT). I hope Goodell suspends this jerk for life. Hey, James! Don’t like Goodell and the NFL? Try TNA Wrestling, where Pacman Jones once was. Or better yet, Mr. Harrison…McDonald’s Is Hiring.

  106. 808raiderinparadise says: Jul 13, 2011 1:38 PM

    The Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t classy at all, just a bunch of talented players with very small brains. Troy Palomalu needs to get his teamates in church … aka the Tim Tebow Effect. Remember when Jerome Bettis was the leader of this team? Then he left and they continued to win at a very high level, but what a drop off in behavior and attitudes. Jerome was a class act, great player and person, he belongs hall of fame not people like randy moss, LT and all the other criminals…

  107. thefightingfitzpatrick says: Jul 13, 2011 1:39 PM

    Oh, James…
    You should not call NBC’s Rodney Harrison a clown.
    You should try someone else who works for the NBC family. Like Chris Matthews. Or Ed Schultz. Or Rachel Maddow. Or Lawrence O’Donnell. Or Brian Williams. Or Matt Lauer. Or anyone who works at NBC News or MSNBC. Can’t wait to see Harrison do an illegal hit on Kathie Lee Gifford AND Hoda Kotb live on the Today Show.

  108. gimmeabruschi says: Jul 13, 2011 1:51 PM

    I would take Tedy in his prime over this loud mouth cheap shot brain dead nasty SOB every time.

    Bruschi was a model player to his organization. This guy is a disgrace.

    It’s easy to hate the Steelers, but you have to respect that they are always a force to be reckoned with. They deserve better than this dirtbag dragging their name through the mud.

  109. londonbengal says: Jul 13, 2011 2:22 PM

    @ ‘str8up12’……

    Harrison “makes lots of ‘big plays’ against the Bungles’…….

    I don’t think so my friend. Bengal LT Andrew Whitworth has owned Harrison these last two years allowing zero sacks in four games; (zero sacks in eight games if you consider Suggs as well).

    Whitworth is IMO one of the most underrated players in the NFL.

    Harrison was so frustrated by getting blanked by Whit, the best Harrsion could do was bitch-slap WR Jerome Simpson, and was lucky he didn’t get tossed for it.

    Whitworth v Harrison is a match-up I’m looking forward to this season.

    My money is on the big guy from LSU.

  110. houndog50 says: Jul 13, 2011 3:13 PM

    emmonsh says: Jul 13, 2011 8:52 AM

    no the guy is so fuucking stupid he cant hit without using his head as a weapon. useless player. needs to go pick cotten
    ——————————————————–
    Well, just how stupid is he, do you think he can spell “cotton” correctly? Pot calling the kettle black?

  111. kodiak77 says: Jul 13, 2011 3:16 PM

    If you have played the game (past the 8th grade) and you played defense you understand what it means to hate everybody on the other side of the ball,and in professional as well as major college sports when you opponent has the stones to step on the field your job is to destroy them completely and if talking smack gets him hype for the game ..then talk ,if you don’t like it don’t listen and he was targeted by the “fine fairies” this year and this is a violent angry sport and if you don’t want to get hit coach or be a cheerleader,I do understand safety but lets remember this is football and if you cant take it… there’s always FIFA

  112. houndog50 says: Jul 13, 2011 3:40 PM

    I wouldn’t pick up a $100 bill off the street to see what James Harrison had written on it. The guy is a total moron and just another dirty player not unlike his drunken buddy, Hines Ward. (Whines Hard)
    YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou said it well, “what the hell have the Rooney’s let happen to this team.”
    The early Superbowl winning Steelers were a class organization with class players that did their talkin’ on the field with their play, not their mouths. They didn’t rape anyone or drive drunk, with or without a helmet. They played winning football. Even the Packer’s patchwork line kicked Harrison’s A$$! He should STFU up, go pick up Hines, and go to the bar. Maybe some drunken chic with a pool cue can kick their asses there too. Just a bunch of whining, drunken, juiced up losers, just like the “new” Steeler’s fans.

  113. trollaikman8 says: Jul 13, 2011 3:43 PM

    I’m okay with this.

  114. thefightingfitzpatrick says: Jul 13, 2011 5:20 PM

    Look at what you get with the AFC North:
    PITTSBURGH
    A Super Bowl MVP who won Dancing with the Stars, who was recently arrested for a DUI charge
    A dumbo linebacker who calls Super Bowl winners Tedy Bruschi of ESPN and Rodney Harrison of FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA ‘clowns’ and hates Roger Goodell
    A 2-time Super Bowl winning QB who almost died 5 years ago riding his motorcycle without a helmet, and he also sexually assaulted a college student in Georgia last year
    BALTIMORE
    A Super Bowl MVP who has been with the team from Day 1 who murdered two men at a party during Super Bowl XXXIV
    CINCINNATI
    Too many arrests, T.O. and Ochocinco are a disaster, their VERSUS tv show was a disaster, Carson Palmer wants out, they finished last in ESPN the Magazine’s Ultimate Standings
    CLEVELAND
    Other than the Lions and the Raiders, the worst record in the NFL since 1999, 0 playoff wins since re-joining the league, fans are turning their backs on the team because they’re losing a lot.

    I think Goodell can do us a favor by…
    A. Get rid of the AFC North and have the teams join NFL Europa
    B. Work a deal with Michael Huyghue and have the AFC North clubs play in the UFL (Highest ratings in Versus history!)
    and (this is for the James Harrison and Ray Lewis fans out there)….
    C. Have the AFC North teams take on prisoners from state penitentaries only. That’ll teach the AFC North turds to be tough and arrogant.

    I’m sick and tired of the infighting all around the AFC North. The fans and players are so boorish and arrogant, they make the NFL so pathetic and the AFC North should become expansion teams for the UFL this year. The AFC North is pathetic.

  115. nickynick04 says: Jul 13, 2011 5:25 PM

    90 % of the time Harrison spears. Which has always been illegal.
    Harrison is soft ex Super Bowl…he was the Packers bi*ch. A no show in the super bowl…..comment on that James

  116. thefightingfitzpatrick says: Jul 13, 2011 5:26 PM

    James Harrison calling Roger Goodell “Michelle Bachmann”? Roger’s wife works for FOX News. Let’s see if Ted Turner can hire James as a co-host with Eliot Spitzer on CNN. “Spitzer/Harrison” would be a great program on CNN. Or maybe he’d be better off on HLN’s Joy Behar Show. With James Harrison and Joy Behar, you get a full hour of nonsense.

    James Harrison as a CNN/HLN host! Who’s with me?

  117. murraysons says: Jul 13, 2011 5:48 PM

    What a dirtbag. Can we stop calling the Steelers “classy” and “respected” now? Big Ben, Mendenhall, Hines, Harrison… These are starting players, 3 of them legit stars. What a hateful and shameful organization. They make my skin crawl.

  118. crambow says: Jul 13, 2011 6:08 PM

    Only a manly hetero can appreciate that story. Based on all the anti-votes here, this place is already blanketed by LGBT heavily.

    Vote me thumbs down since I hurt your non-manly football feelings. Believe me, I’m strong enough to take it, you sissies. I am a NFL fan. Just don’t your nail polish on my manly post with your thumbs down. I might have to slap ya if ya do.

  119. greatday05 says: Jul 13, 2011 6:45 PM

    Why would the author bring Michelle Bachman into this? What does she have to do with a negative view of gay people? She is pro family and pro Jesus.

  120. joerevs300 says: Jul 13, 2011 7:35 PM

    I’m embarrassed to be a Steeler fan at this point. There’s simply no defense for what he said, and the fact he’s claiming “hacking” (seriously guys, there aren’t THAT many hackers out there looking to get over on an NFL player, or you need to stop using “password” or “123456” as your password) means that what is written IS what he meant.

    After his SB performance and the general decline in the allowance for hard hits, it’s time to send him packing before he pulls a “pacman”.

  121. bootspur says: Jul 13, 2011 10:01 PM

    J.H. makes a point, he spears & cheap-shots other NFL player’s nonstop, only the devil could do that .

  122. pastabelly says: Jul 13, 2011 10:31 PM

    You know what this guy is? He’s a drama queen. He belongs on The View and chatting with women. He should keep his trap shut and be a good teammate and stay out the business of other players, former players, and the commissioner. What a dink.

  123. luckylosers says: Jul 14, 2011 9:29 AM

    Harrison is right about some of the things he says but….these Steelers are one of the most OVERRATED teams of all time. Shouldn’t have even been in the Super Bowl. Lucky to have been there. Look for them to start going down toilet soon.

  124. aldashex86 says: Jul 14, 2011 10:34 AM

    @ luckylosers

    You just made yourself look like an idiot. If the Steelers were not good, they wouldn’t have made the superbowl without having their QB for the first 4 games. You don’t get lucky and get a first round bye, you don’t get lucky and overcome a huge playoff defecit. You don’t get lucky and win the AFCCG. They weren’t lucky to have been in the bowl….they got there with hard play, just like the wild card Packers.

    The Cowboys are overrated because they are expected to be good every year and fail. The Steelers are expected to be good every year and continue to be. The Steelers weren’t even supposed to make the playoffs last year….I believe that makes them underrated..

  125. bjb2865 says: Jul 14, 2011 11:53 AM

    Im not a Steeler fan….But I like Harrison and agree with everything he said. Harrison plays football the way it was meant to be played. I dont agree with making public the comments about his teammates,,but i dont have a problem with anything else he said. Thing is …Harrison is still mad about the unfounded fines he was assessed last year AND….mad about the lockout as he should be….and so should the fans. The owners want more and more. This is a case where the rich keep getting richer. I think its refreshing to hear. Something tells me that maybe this stuff wouldnt have come out if there wasnt a lockout. If the Steelers dont want him anymore…send him to Oakland. Please.

  126. stayinmylane42 says: Jul 14, 2011 7:08 PM

    100,000 is 100,000$$$$ he has a right to be mad as hell,, Love him or hate him, on the field he is a beast. suit up Roger Goodell put him in a uniform and handle it like men do.

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