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

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.

61 responses to “James Harrison questions NFL policy, won’t tweet during Pro Bowl

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

  4. “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.
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    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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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.

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

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    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.

  19. 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.”

  20. 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!

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

    Retire dude give us all a break

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

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

  25. 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.

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

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    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?

  27. 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.

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

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

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    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”…

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

    quittsburghstoolers …

    Your obsession with our team continues to entertain

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    It’s not an “obsession”.

    It’s total disgust…

  30. 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.
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    Maybe there should be. Harrison would feel compelled to break it, and wind up being a gentleman!

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