When James Harrison unleashed a tirade in the direction of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a magazine interview during the lockout, it raised the ire of Harrison’s bosses. But even though Harrison made pointed comments at his teammates in the same interview, the men who share a locker room with Harrison don’t seem to mind.
Scott Brown of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said today that he has talked to Harrison and made clear he didn’t like what Harrison had to say.
“What he said regarding the commissioner is inappropriate,” Tomlin said.
But while Tomlin didn’t like what Harrison said, and Steelers President Art Rooney II also gave Harrison a talking-to, Harrison’s teammates don’t seem to mind.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and running back Rashard Mendenhall, both of whom were singled out by Harrison, have already said they aren’t upset. And Steelers safety Ryan Clark told reporters today that it doesn’t matter how the media portray Harrison.
“He’s not worried about y’all anyway,” Clark said, “or the perception that people have of him. He’s a great teammate. I wouldn’t rather go to war with any other guy. That’s over.”
We don’t know whether it’s over as far as Goodell is concerned. But it seems to be over in the Steelers’ locker room.