Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons says it’s understandable that his teammate, James Harrison, isn’t happy with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. According to Timmons, the way the league office hands down fines has a lot of players angry, not just Harrison.
“A lot of guys feel a certain way about the fines,” Timmons said on TSN Radio in Toronto, via Sports Radio Interviews. “The fines, they were ill-advised and came out of nowhere and it wasn’t fair. This is quite a bit of chunk of change -— you’re talking about 20 to 75 grand taken out of your checks. A lot of guys may have kids, three or four mortgages. That hurts. So yeah, I’m pretty sure there’s a lot of animosity towards Goodell.”
Most fans aren’t going to have a lot of sympathy for NFL players that can’t pay their “three or four mortgages” because the league office fined them, but Timmons is surely right that there’s a lot of animosity toward Goodell. Lots of NFL players view Goodell’s NFL as too focused on disciplining them for what they do wrong and not focused enough on celebrating what they do right.
Regarding the other subjects of Harrison’s wrath, teammates Ben Roethlisberger and Rashard Mendenhall, Timmons doesn’t believe Harrison meant anything by his comments.
“He loves the Steelers,” Timmons said of Harrison. “I’m pretty sure he loves Rashard and Ben.”
But Harrison doesn’t love Goodell. And Timmons made clear that Harrison isn’t alone.