Agent Drew Rosenhaus, who represents Texans linebacker Brian Cushing along with somewhere between 10 and 1,000 other NFL players, doesn’t like the criticism that Steelers linebacker James Harrison leveled against Cushing in Harrison’s scorched-earth Men’s Journal interview.
And since those between-10-and-1,000 other clients don’t include Harrison, Rosenhaus can say so.
“I thought [Harrison's] comments were way out of line,” Rosenhaus told Joe Rose of WQAM in Miami. “He doesn’t know the first thing about Brian Cushing or Brian Cushing’s situation. And to me that’s an awful thing to do to talk about people that you don’t know, and that you don’t know the first thing about them or their situation. And I think that the league should discipline players who just run their mouth and insult other people and take shots at other people, really in a careless fashion and in a way that is uneducated.”
Rosenhaus believes that the Steelers should discipline Harrison for conduct detrimental to the team, even though the comments came during the lockout.
Rosenhaus also waxed philosophically on the issue of criticizing others in an open forum. “I don’t believe that anybody should go public and knock other people,” Rosenhaus said (as he want public to knock Harrison). “If you have something negative to say about people, then you should do it in person. You should do it privately, you should do it face-to-face, eye-to-eye. I’m not a fan of using the media to rip on other people. That’s not my philosophy.”
Moving forward, that quote could come in handy the next time Terrell Owens, Chad Ochocinco, DeSean Jackson, or any of Drew’s other clients decide to use the media to rip on other people. Especially if they get fined for conduct detrimental to the team and Rosenhaus is defending them against the punishment.
Meanwhile, the guy from Men’s Journal who did the interview of Harrison was on The Dan Patrick Show moments ago. Paul Solotaroff told Patrick that Harrison accused players other than Cushing than being on steroids, but that the other names didn’t make it into the article — apparently because Cushing is the only one of the group that has tested positive for performance-enhancing substances.