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James Harrison questions NFL policy, won’t tweet during Pro Bowl

James Harrison AP

In the regular season, preseason and postseason, NFL players can get fined if they use Twitter at any time from 90 minutes before kickoff until after they’ve takled to the media after a game. But in the Pro Bowl, not only will players not be fined for tweeting, but it’s actually being encouraged, with computers on each sideline.

One of the NFL’s most-fined players isn’t fine with that.

Steelers linebacker James Harrison went on Twitter this afternoon to inform his followers that they won’t be hearing from him during the game because he doesn’t see the sense in the NFL’s policy.

“Why u think the NFL ‘wants us’ to tweet during the Pro Bowl but wont ‘let us’ til 90 min AFTER a real game? I wont tweet during today’s game,” Harrison wrote.

Harrison is slightly off-base about what the normal NFL Twitter policy is: The 90-minute rule is for 90 minutes before kickoff, not 90 minutes after the game. But it’s not surprising that Harrison has found another NFL policy he doesn’t agree with. Let’s just hope he doesn’t get fined for any helmet-to-helmet hits during the Pro Bowl.

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61 Responses to “James Harrison questions NFL policy, won’t tweet during Pro Bowl”
  1. mikeeg says: Jan 29, 2012 3:53 PM

    This guy is as stable as Mike Tyson without zoloft

  2. dsimp724 says: Jan 29, 2012 3:55 PM

    This guy just reeks class and genius

  3. ochoverated says: Jan 29, 2012 3:55 PM

    Thanks anyway James but the clown Ocho will for you.Did you hear he has new headphones.

  4. TheDPR says: Jan 29, 2012 3:56 PM

    This guy has become a caricature of himself. His journey to being a full-on clown is nearly complete.

  5. brandonyer says: Jan 29, 2012 3:59 PM

    I’m guessing it’s because he won’t be able to have one of his kids spellcheck for him on the sideline.

  6. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Jan 29, 2012 3:59 PM

    I don’t care Iam not a fan of his !

  7. johntonioholmes says: Jan 29, 2012 4:00 PM

    This made me laugh.

    It’s a slow news day, eh?

    Plus, it figures that he would confuse parts of the NFL’s policy.

    Anyway, it’s more likely that Harrison will get flagged for a legal hit than it is that he’ll get fined for a helmet to helmet hit. The guy only has two illegal helmet to helmet hits in his career, but probably a dozen flagged but conspicuously not fined hits.

  8. melikefootball says: Jan 29, 2012 4:02 PM

    No Harrison is right this time, God-del and his henchman continue to be all over the place with their rules. You can’t tweet but now is OK. You can hit head to head in this game but not this one. You get suspended for this and not that. At least he has the guts to say what many players feel.

  9. vetdana says: Jan 29, 2012 4:02 PM

    I would guess that the number of people who care if he “tweets ” from the sidelines is ” statistically ” non-significant.

  10. kuzela says: Jan 29, 2012 4:02 PM

    Shocker…something Harrison doesn’t like. Who’d have thunk it?!

  11. packerfanfornot4life says: Jan 29, 2012 4:03 PM

    IF THE NFL SUCKS SO BAD THEN RETIRE AND GET A 9-5

  12. FinFan68 says: Jan 29, 2012 4:03 PM

    “Why u think the NFL ‘wants us’ to tweet during the Pro Bowl but wont ‘let us’ til 90 min AFTER a real game? I wont tweet during today’s game,” Harrison wrote.
    ———–
    I think this should solidify the fact that this genius is incapable of comprehending simple rules. If he doesn’t understand the difference between before and after, how can he possibly hope to understand the difference between legal and illegal hits.

  13. billinva says: Jan 29, 2012 4:03 PM

    This is my care face.

  14. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Jan 29, 2012 4:05 PM

    For money he would !

  15. hawkitnow says: Jan 29, 2012 4:05 PM

    Anyone surprised that this guy is confused about what normal is?

  16. drewfus813 says: Jan 29, 2012 4:06 PM

    I’m pretty sure James Harrison is the dumbest person on the planet.

  17. dabreesknees says: Jan 29, 2012 4:09 PM

    I bet Steelers fans would have traded Mendenhall’s injury for him being injured any day of the week.

  18. jgrange08 says: Jan 29, 2012 4:10 PM

    Well, what the nfl is doing is a little hypocritical by encouraging social media on the sideline to te extent of putting computers on the sideline during a game, but during the regular season you can’t eat a hot dog

  19. vincentbojackson says: Jan 29, 2012 4:10 PM

    You’re blind if you can’t see the hypocrisy of a league that fines and suspends a guy then names him all-pro in the same season.

    No wonder James is confused. Punished one week then rewarded the next.

  20. pastabelly says: Jan 29, 2012 4:13 PM

    He feels obligated to be obnoxious. If you don’t want to tweet, just don’t. But just shut up. There is no rule that you have to make an ass of yourself.

  21. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 29, 2012 4:13 PM

    There’s a game today?

  22. dhuf12 says: Jan 29, 2012 4:17 PM

    Just play the game and stop crying about everything!!! You’re being payed millions to play a game so play the game!

  23. cmb79 says: Jan 29, 2012 4:19 PM

    This guy never gets facts straight, does he?

  24. habsman says: Jan 29, 2012 4:20 PM

    To tweet or not to tweet?

    Does not really matter, I just hope he doesn’t beat up his wife/girlfriend again. This is a first class idiot.

    Real men don’t hit women.

  25. guppies66 says: Jan 29, 2012 4:32 PM

    Just proves he’s too stupid to follow rules.

  26. giantrealist says: Jan 29, 2012 4:39 PM

    The Pro Bowl is not a serious game. It’s a celebration that the NFL is pushing hard to get people to watch. That is why the league will allow tweeting during it. Computers are on the sidelines because the players will not be allowed to carry individual communication devices.

    The league prohibits messaging 90 minutes before real games because players might post comments that either directly or indirectly affect gamblers.

    The league prohibits messaging immediately after a game because it has a contract with the networks to cover the game. That includes exclusive sound bites.

  27. ravenmadness says: Jan 29, 2012 4:40 PM

    This guy is getting annoying. He might want to lighten up.

  28. Ricardo Grande says: Jan 29, 2012 4:42 PM

    James Harrison doesn’t understand an NFL policy?

    Ridiculous…

  29. mancinibread says: Jan 29, 2012 4:50 PM

    Real slow news day, eh? Harrison tweeted this to his followers, not the media. We all converse with him regularly, which is why we get his irritation at the league’s schizophrenic rules. He was simply explaining to US why we wouldn’t be hearing from him during he game, for the rest of you it’s none of your dern business!

    You haters are too funny, you’d give your eyeteeth to have the Bad Man on your sorry teams and you know it. Keep on hatin’ though, ya clearly got nothing else to do.

  30. heyzeus143 says: Jan 29, 2012 4:50 PM

    let’s hope he does :-)

  31. ronaldmexico says: Jan 29, 2012 4:51 PM

    I don’t blame Harrison for not going along with this. The NFL’s idea of encouraging players to tweet during the pro bowl only reinforces how meaningless the game is.

  32. raidermike says: Jan 29, 2012 4:54 PM

    The reason the NFL does not allow players to tweet 90-minutes before games is to keep injury information or other “inside information” from being sent out from the locker room or field that might be used as insider betting information. The Pro-Bowl is not a betting game and no one cares who plays or can predict who will play or for how long.

    The NFL will also probably regret allowing tweets during the game —– unless of course they have their Tweet Police censoring everything before it goes out.

  33. realitypolice says: Jan 29, 2012 4:55 PM

    Just the latest in a long, long, long list of things James Harrison apparently doesn’t understand:

    The difference between a real NFL football game and the Pro Bowl.

  34. alltee says: Jan 29, 2012 4:56 PM

    The pro bowl is the most useless game in all of sports so it doesn’t matter if players tweet

    In a regular season game there is sensitive information at stake and Harrison is living proof that players can’t be trusted with thier mouths

    90 minutes before a game a “professional athlete” should be focused on the game and not his twitter account

  35. packhawk04 says: Jan 29, 2012 4:59 PM

    Gonna threaten to retire again? Please dont threaten, just do it. Then put a pacifier in your mouth and sleep in your bouncy seat james.

  36. garyman1 says: Jan 29, 2012 5:03 PM

    Wow James, I guess you showed us….
    Something tells me we’ll survive ok without your keen intellect.

  37. donterrelli says: Jan 29, 2012 5:12 PM

    Simple: the NFL is encouraging players to tweet during the Pro Bowl to try and support and draw attention to it, because they know the Pro Bowl is a big joke to any regular fan.

  38. moolah954 says: Jan 29, 2012 5:15 PM

    i cant wait till twitter dies..

  39. doublebro says: Jan 29, 2012 5:23 PM

    Just go away dude.

  40. billinlouisiana says: Jan 29, 2012 5:24 PM

    vincentbojackson says:Jan 29, 2012 4:10 PM

    You’re blind if you can’t see the hypocrisy of a league that fines and suspends a guy then names him all-pro in the same season.

    ———————————————————

    The league doesn’t have anything to do with what players are named to the all-pro team. They may recognize the award for contract bonus purposes but the award is given by the AP based on the 50 media people the AP picks to vote on it.

  41. rcali says: Jan 29, 2012 6:01 PM

    Kind of like his stance. Tweeting is for high school girls anyway.

  42. justincohn says: Jan 29, 2012 6:07 PM

    Complaining about a free trip to Hawaii and a big bonus. Boo hoo.

  43. steelerfan999 says: Jan 29, 2012 6:13 PM

    Tom Brady, after living a full life, died. When he got to heaven, God was showing him around. They came to a modest little house with a faded Patriots flag in the window. “This house is yours for eternity, Tom,” said God. “This is very special; not everyone gets a house up here.” Tom felt special, indeed, and walked up to his house. On his way up to the porch he noticed another house just around the corner. It was a 3-story mansion with a black and gold sidewalk, a 50 foot tall flagpole with an enormous Steelers logo flag, and in every window, a Steelers towel. Tom looked at God and said, “God, I’m not trying to be ungrateful, but I have a question. I was an all-pro QB, I hold many NFL records, and I even won a few Super bowls.” God said, “So what’s your point Tom?” “Well, why does Ben Roethlisberger get a better house than me?” God chuckled, and said, “Tom, that’s not Bens house, it’s mine.”

  44. sixburghrules says: Jan 29, 2012 6:34 PM

    I guess it highlights how meaningless this game has become! You got players on both SB teams that can’t play so you have the the best of the best out there? Please!Regardless of whether Harrison got the 90 minute part right, he is correct about the League being inconsistent! It is what it is!

  45. steelcurtainn says: Jan 29, 2012 6:35 PM

    He Should. NFL policies are laughable kind of like the NFL is becoming.

  46. irishgary says: Jan 29, 2012 6:55 PM

    He really is stupid isn’t he? Getting paid millions, but probably still thinking it’s slavery.

    Retire dude give us all a break

  47. dachozen1 says: Jan 29, 2012 6:57 PM

    I’m glad there is still very few players who question the new National Fantasy League. The current game sucks and it cheats great players out of their true respect they deserve. Football heads dont treasure all of these records being broken because theyre not real. Rule changes have made it easy for everyone to look good…

  48. papazoid says: Jan 29, 2012 7:02 PM

    obviously James has led with his head on too many tackles.

  49. enx31 says: Jan 29, 2012 7:07 PM

    It’s a gimmick, and just part of the NFL’s efforts to increase the attraction of the Pro Bowl and the NFL in general. Kind of lame, but the whole Pro Bowl is just fanfare and a treat for NFL players anyway.

    And James, it doesn’t happen in actual games due to the risk of comp. advantage? I have to believe you are not that dumb…

    Don’t like the NFL policies then why did you go to Hawaii?? Oh right…

  50. buzzbissinger says: Jan 29, 2012 7:11 PM

    Won’t hit legally, won’t tweet, he’s just a rebel and you can’t chage him!

  51. stairwayto7 says: Jan 29, 2012 7:12 PM

    Harrison needs to it Newton so hard he can’t spell his first name even spotting him the C amd M! GO HARRISON!

  52. brewcrewfan54 says: Jan 29, 2012 7:46 PM

    Harrison has turned himself into a joke. Apparently he doesnt realize the difference between a regular season game and the meaningless pro bowl.

  53. Deb says: Jan 29, 2012 9:17 PM

    Harrison has many faults. But at least he’s not a hypocrite. Can’t say the same for the commissioner.

  54. pfunk1971 says: Jan 29, 2012 9:25 PM

    He is right. NFL is being hypocritical. They know the pro bowl sucks. So, give it a boost in ratings by making it exciting with live tweets. Maybe if you would quit being so quick to slam James, would notice how hypocritical GODell is.

  55. quittsburghstoolers says: Jan 29, 2012 9:54 PM

    Let’s just hope he doesn’t get fined for any helmet-to-helmet hits during the Pro Bowl.

    ———————————————————-

    If I were a betting man, I’d say he does get fined for it.

    Any Pittsburgh fools out there want to be parted
    from their money by saying he won’t?

  56. Deb says: Jan 29, 2012 10:54 PM

    quitsburghstoolers …

    Your obsession with our team continues to entertain :roll:

  57. hyperalgesia says: Jan 29, 2012 11:06 PM

    What should he tweet….that his helmet is a weapon?

  58. tednancy says: Jan 29, 2012 11:10 PM

    teelerfan999 says: Jan 29, 2012 6:13 PM

    Tom Brady, after living a full life, died. When he got to heaven, God was showing him around. They came to a modest little house with a faded Patriots flag in the window. “This house is yours for eternity, Tom,” said God. “This is very special; not everyone gets a house up here.” Tom felt special, indeed, and walked up to his house. On his way up to the porch he noticed another house just around the corner. It was a 3-story mansion with a black and gold sidewalk, a 50 foot tall flagpole with an enormous Steelers logo flag, and in every window, a Steelers towel. Tom looked at God and said, “God, I’m not trying to be ungrateful, but I have a question. I was an all-pro QB, I hold many NFL records, and I even won a few Super bowls.” God said, “So what’s your point Tom?” “Well, why does Ben Roethlisberger get a better house than me?” God chuckled, and said, “Tom, that’s not Bens house, it’s mine.”
    ====================================

    So much effort for no laughs. Ladies and Gents: Steeler Nation.

  59. quittsburghstoolers says: Jan 30, 2012 5:58 AM

    drewfus813 says:Jan 29, 2012 4:06 PM

    I’m pretty sure James Harrison is the dumbest person on the planet.

    ———————————————————-

    What, with Tastelessberger around?
    Look at all the dumbass things he’s done:
    The motorcycle helmet incident, the non-payment of bar tabs, the many inappropriate sex accusations… just to name a few things.

    Let’s just say that that when you rank these guys on a global stupidity scale, one of them is “1a” & the other is “1b”…

  60. quittsburghstoolers says: Jan 30, 2012 6:02 AM

    Deb says:Jan 29, 2012 10:54 PM

    quittsburghstoolers …

    Your obsession with our team continues to entertain

    ———————————————————-

    It’s not an “obsession”.

    It’s total disgust…

  61. fmwarner says: Jan 30, 2012 6:53 AM

    pastabelly says: Jan 29, 2012 4:13 PM

    He feels obligated to be obnoxious. If you don’t want to tweet, just don’t. But just shut up. There is no rule that you have to make an ass of yourself.
    ====================================

    Maybe there should be. Harrison would feel compelled to break it, and wind up being a gentleman!

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