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James Harrison is tired of Goodell, glad Vilma is suing him

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It should come as no surprise that Steelers linebacker James Harrison is pleased that Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma is suing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Harrison, who trashed Goodell in an interview last year only to apologize and say his comments were way out of line, seems to agree with Vilma’s contention that Goodell was way out of line in his public comments about the Saints’ bounty scandal. And Harrison thinks Vilma’s attempt to sue Goodell for defamation is a “win-win,” even if it is unsuccessful.

If [Vilma] loses, it shows Goodell does have too much power,” Harrison told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, “and if he wins, it opens up the floodgates.”

Harrison said he believes the players shouldn’t have signed off on the new Collective Bargaining Agreement last year unless the commissioner’s powers had been curtailed. When the CBA was formally approved last summer, the players in Steelers camp voted 78-6 against it, making them the only team to oppose the new CBA.

Asked if he thinks players on other teams now regret agreeing to the CBA, Harrison answered, “I would hope so.”

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96 Responses to “James Harrison is tired of Goodell, glad Vilma is suing him”
  1. trbowman says: May 24, 2012 5:04 PM

    Such a whiny team. Harrison is going to need tissues when Vilma’s suit falls flat on its face.

  2. jbpanthers says: May 24, 2012 5:07 PM

    The players are the idiots who agreed to giving Goodell this power, now they want to complain? And, I’m getting tired of James Harrison. You broke rules bro, don’t get pissed because you don’t know how to play around them.

    I have guidelines and RULES I’m to follow at work, how is this magically different in football? Players are sheep drinking De’s kool-aid.

  3. trodriguez89 says: May 24, 2012 5:08 PM

    This guy talks too much

  4. derfshambeaux says: May 24, 2012 5:08 PM

    Greg Lloyd 2.0.

  5. butthatmakestoomuchsense says: May 24, 2012 5:08 PM

    Harrison said he believes the players shouldn’t have signed off on the new Collective Bargaining Agreement last year unless the commissioner’s powers had been curtailed.

    I wholeheartedly agree with this. History demonstrates that nothing good ever comes out of a dictatorship or a monarchy.

  6. devildog911 says: May 24, 2012 5:11 PM

    Harrison and Vilma are lovers. They have each others back, literally.

  7. jwayne111 says: May 24, 2012 5:11 PM

    Color me Surprised ! …… this is news ?

    Com’on man!

  8. discosucs2005 says: May 24, 2012 5:13 PM

    I’m sure the comments will be directed at Harrsion, but how many people really disagree that Goodell might have too much power?

  9. cowboyhater says: May 24, 2012 5:13 PM

    Wake up James, and pay attention to your coach!

  10. londonlion81 says: May 24, 2012 5:14 PM

    Someone’s getting fined…

  11. daysend564 says: May 24, 2012 5:15 PM

    Yeah, well everybody that isn’t a Squealers fan is tired of hearing about/from James Harrison. Hopefully someone sues him.

  12. erod22 says: May 24, 2012 5:15 PM

    Means little from a half-wit like Harrison.

  13. bearsrulepackdrool says: May 24, 2012 5:16 PM

    I’m getting tired of people James Harrison complaining about Goodell. We get it. You don’t like him.

  14. moagecu says: May 24, 2012 5:16 PM

    Who is surprised by this?

  15. bearsrulepackdrool says: May 24, 2012 5:16 PM

    I’m getting tired of James Harrison complaining about Goodell. We get it. You don’t like him.

  16. pigskin28 says: May 24, 2012 5:16 PM

    James Harrison, you are a fool. You should be thankful your European League butt was given an opportunity, shut up and please go away!

  17. cali49er707 says: May 24, 2012 5:17 PM

    can they bring back paul tagliabue?? goodell is making MILLIONS by piggy backing off the players!! the players are the sole reason why we are all huge fans THEY MAKE THE GAME!! something tagliabue understood while running the NFL, he then unfortunately retires at the height of the games popularity, in steps goodell he then calls his own salary and changes a product that was perfectly fine!! jeez he SUX!!!!

  18. tebowedout says: May 24, 2012 5:17 PM

    I’m tired of James Harrison being tired of Roger Goodell.

  19. jimw81 says: May 24, 2012 5:19 PM

    kinda surprise in a very pro-union fan base that they voted against the cba.

  20. cwwgk says: May 24, 2012 5:19 PM

    Lose lose? How about if/when a court of law dismisses the suit for lack of jurisdiction thereby establishing legal precedent that players don’t have the ability to sue Goodell?

  21. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: May 24, 2012 5:19 PM

    Just shut up already Harrison. I will be so happy when this guy is out of the league…what a tool.

  22. jkhart says: May 24, 2012 5:21 PM

    I’m with Harrison 100%. Goodell changed the rules halfway through the season (and before I take heat for that statement, let me say that re-interpreting and/or changing the punishment of a rule is still considered changing the rules). The Steelers were the only team to vote down the CBA because they didn’t like the way goodell could unilaterally make these types of decisions, and somehow the media will have us believe harrison/steelers are a bunch of hypocrites. Over/under on number of “he’ll be first line to sue 15 years from now” comments? It’s crazy, they’ve been at the forefront fighting the new flag football rules from the beginning, and yet supposed nfl fans will cry foul when they know damn well the lour of this gladiator-style player/hero is a large part of what makes this game so popular.

    Let the thumbs down commence…

  23. oldskoolchopper says: May 24, 2012 5:22 PM

    Just another case of the inmates wanting to run the asylum. Commissioners have been around and had absolute power for years in sports.

    James Harrison and the rest of these players are walking contradictions.

    1st they fight for a collective bargaining agreement that minimizes contact, padded practices, OTA’s, and anything else that is an injury risk during the off season, training camp, and even during the regular season…

    Then, they attack coaches, trainers, owners, team doctors, etc… for letting them go back in the game an play with concussions or other injuries, etc…

    BUT, they turn around and CRY and MOAN about getting fined for helmet to helmet collisions, bounty programs to injure players, cheap shots, being forced to wear extra protection and padding, and performance enhancing testing for dangerous drugs like HGH. PATHETIC fellas.

    If ya don’t like making a ton of money to play a game, just quit. MMA fighters are the baddest of the bad and they get paid a fraction of what you make. They are actually trying to hurt the other guy.

    NFL PLAYERS….you are the self centered, self entitled, want it all and give the minimum generation that the GREAT football players before you can’t even relate to. Do you guys even take care of them? NOPE.

    Get a life and quit being punks. Or just work and earn enough to start your own league.

  24. butthatmakestoomuchsense says: May 24, 2012 5:26 PM

    bearsrulepackdrool says: I’m getting tired of James Harrison complaining about Goodell. We get it. You don’t like him.

    I’m getting tired of you complaining about James Harrison. We get it. You don’t like him.

    All kidding aside, someone asked Harrison a question and he answered. What’s he supposed to say? “A poster on PFT wants me to stop addressing this”?

  25. Steeley McBeam says: May 24, 2012 5:29 PM

    “When the CBA was formally approved last summer, the players in Steelers camp voted 78-6 against it, making them the only team to oppose the new CBA.”

    People need to understand this. The Steelers are the only team with any right to question Goodells decisions because they were the only team to voice their opinion and vote agaisnt the CBA at the appropriate time. Im sure other teams (Saints, Skins, Cowboys) would follow suit if there was a revote today.

    Would anyone expect JH to say anything different anyway?

  26. noquickreactionshere says: May 24, 2012 5:29 PM

    No brotherhood with this guy…. he doesn’t care if he hurts someone, ends their career or destroys their life. What happend to the band of brothers mentality, its competition on the field but we are brothers off?

    This guy is a disgrace to human kind but personally i’m glad he is a millionare… if he were not great at football he would be on a street corner somewhere poisoning our youth with drugs and shooting stray bullets into small children.

  27. jetstizzi85 says: May 24, 2012 5:30 PM

    Man this guy will never learn..

  28. bootsers says: May 24, 2012 5:34 PM

    Asked if he thinks players on other teams now regret agreeing to the CBA, Harrison answered, “I would hope so.”

    _______________________________

    And this right here is why Smith and the union are filing all the law suits. The players arent happy with the CBA. So they deflect and redirect.

  29. footballfan292 says: May 24, 2012 5:34 PM

    I agree with Harrison that if they had a problem with Goodell’s powers it should have been brought up during the CBA talks. But like all labor unions, all the NFLPA really cared about in the end was money.

    Would the players be willing to give up money to make Goodell less powerful? Im not so sure since 95% of the players will never run into serious discipline problems with the league.

  30. skittlesareyum says: May 24, 2012 5:37 PM

    What a strange picture for Harrison. I’ll be PG and say it looks like he’s eating an invisible stick.

  31. meandjuliojonesdownbytheschoolyard says: May 24, 2012 5:38 PM

    Harrison is a schmuck. I hate to wish ill on someone but it will serve him right if he’s suffering the effects of concussions later in life.

  32. myopinionmattersandyoursblows says: May 24, 2012 5:39 PM

    Not a lot of love for Harrison here…

  33. cincyorangenblack says: May 24, 2012 5:41 PM

    did harrison get sued when his pitbull attacked his infant child?

  34. butthatmakestoomuchsense says: May 24, 2012 5:44 PM

    oldskoolchopper says: Commissioners have been around and had absolute power for years in sports.

    Name one in the last 40 years other than Goodell.

    You can’t, since there isn’t one. Eevry other sport, including the pre-Goodell NFL, has had appeals heard independently.

  35. dretwann says: May 24, 2012 5:47 PM

    I am not sure why all the hate for Harrison and pro corporation vibe here. You folks act like the NFL is the holy grail to never be spoken of in a negative light. NFL, like 99% of all corporations care nothing for your your family to deserve your protection of it. Goodell DOES have too much power that needs to be diluted. Plain and simple. Everything that has transpired this offseason highlights that.

  36. mnvikes7897 says: May 24, 2012 5:47 PM

    I don’t want to watch a game full of trash players running a muck. Dude should have been fined. Play the GAME, don’t take your mommy daddy issues out on other players head or listen to some frickn Jeffrey Domer wanna be who prob. has dead bodies in his basement. The NFL doesn’t revolve around these dudes. Get a clue.

  37. catman42 says: May 24, 2012 5:49 PM

    man! what other job can you work at and dis your boss publicly?? I’m tired of high paid jocks acting like as*holes

  38. stairwayto7 says: May 24, 2012 5:52 PM

    The worse contract ever signed and I said that before! Goodell will screw over the players in 2 years.

  39. bhindenemylines says: May 24, 2012 5:53 PM

    And the rest of us are tired of Harrison’s mouth.

    To quote Crash Davis “million dollar arm, five cent head”.

  40. riverhorsey says: May 24, 2012 6:01 PM

    Looks like Roger won’t get that invite to Jame’s pool side goat bbq this weekend.

  41. djstat says: May 24, 2012 6:06 PM

    I am tired of Harrison. I am going to sue him for being a biatch

  42. spavs412 says: May 24, 2012 6:07 PM

    James Aka silver back we love you now shut all these loud mouth typers over here up with another ring. Just jealousy over the fact our other hand is getting filled with rings while your still trying to fill your first hand!

  43. ldivious15 says: May 24, 2012 6:11 PM

    Must be a bunch of Raven fans talking trash about Harrison……..a great tough nose football player who’s been on the opposite end of Rogers’ pointy finger!!!!

  44. rajbais says: May 24, 2012 6:13 PM

    James Harrison = The Man!!!!!!!!!!

    Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!!

  45. steelcurtainn says: May 24, 2012 6:15 PM

    Harrison is exactly right. This guys not god even tho he thinks he is. Goodell is ruining the game. I hope more players sue him and he gets exactly what he deserves.

  46. vikingamericann says: May 24, 2012 6:19 PM

    wisconsinvikingsfan | May 24, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT
    I can see why harrison is sick of goodell, and sticking up for vilma.

    One cheapshot dirty a** player sticking up for another one. Harrison should be banned for life too. Just like vilma, williams, and peyton. Scumbags!!!

    Great idea lets ban all good players for life, that should make for some interesting football. Dude Roger has turned the NFL into the Law and Order tv show. He already came after our Vikings once with that Starcaps garbage. The Saints fans had our back then. You should back the Saints now. Make no mistake about it Roger will come after us again.

  47. tweeter75 says: May 24, 2012 6:19 PM

    The NFL has turned into the Shawshank Redemption. Everyone in Shawshank was innocent.

  48. Nevis says: May 24, 2012 6:20 PM

    Right, because Goodell is going to smear the game’s name and open it it to ALL kinds of criticism by laying the law down on the Saints over the bounty scandal — with “no proof”.

    Because that makes SO much sense.

    Harrison, go back to being a dumbass LB and shut your mouth.

  49. td40 says: May 24, 2012 6:20 PM

    I assume that the picture accompanying this post was taken at practice. My question is- what is he practicing here? ;)

  50. brenenostler says: May 24, 2012 6:25 PM

    And the rest of the league is tired of Harrison…

  51. drgreenstreak says: May 24, 2012 6:28 PM

    Harrison has a concussion.

    Why does anyone debate the comments of a moron?

  52. vikingamericann says: May 24, 2012 6:31 PM

    mnvikes7897 | May 24, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT
    I don’t want to watch a game full of trash players running a muck. Dude should have been fined. Play the GAME, don’t take your mommy daddy issues out on other players head or listen to some frickn Jeffrey Domer wanna be who prob. has dead bodies in his basement. The NFL doesn’t revolve around these dudes. Get a clue.

    Hyperbole anyone! comparing a football player to sadomasochistic cannibal. Common man we’re not Detroit. Don’t embarrass us with that garbage. Roger nailed the Williams wall with the fake Starcaps stuff. Back the Saints back Harrison back Dallas, even the Redskins. Stop sucking up to that worthless dictator.

  53. ranksarot says: May 24, 2012 6:32 PM

    first time in my life im ashamed to be a Steelers fan

  54. Deb says: May 24, 2012 6:37 PM

    bhindenemylines says:

    And the rest of us are tired of Harrison’s mouth.

    To quote Crash Davis “million dollar arm, five cent head”.
    ————————————————-

    You clearly don’t know much about Harrison because he’s no Eddie Calvin LaLoosh. Sometimes he speaks when he shouldn’t, but he’s got a lot going on upstairs. And he’s right about Goodell having too much power–which is finally starting to sink in with other teams and players. Unfortunately, it didn’t start sinking in until after they signed off on those provisions in the CBA.

  55. tedmurph says: May 24, 2012 6:38 PM

    Typical pile of crap from steeler fans. The steelers voted against the new CBA for 3 reasons:

    1: Players didn’t know what was going on because the player rep couldn’t explain it to them.

    2: Players were afraid of the HGH testing, wonder why.

    3: steelers were one of the most fined teams in the league. It’s not about flag FB, you can still hit hard, wrap up, form tackle etc. Everyone has to play by the same rules. steeler nation seems to feel the team’s toughness is defined by head shots to defenseless players. Most other teams seem to be able to play by the rules, and don’t let some crazy-ass undrafted FA speak for the team.

  56. farvite says: May 24, 2012 7:01 PM

    And I thought Hines Ward was unlikeable..

  57. dumplingsrbrown says: May 24, 2012 7:06 PM

    What’s the odds Harrison gets hired by the NFL Network after he’s done playing football, so he can join the cast of other big mouth gobstoppers?

  58. Deb says: May 24, 2012 7:21 PM

    tedmurph says:
    Typical pile of crap from steeler fans. The steelers voted against the new CBA for 3 reasons:
    1: Players didn’t know what was going on because the player rep couldn’t explain it to them.
    2: Players were afraid of the HGH testing, wonder why.
    3: steelers were one of the most fined teams in the league
    ===================================
    Still making it up as you go, I see. You really take rival hatred to new levels.

    Ryan Clark is an excellent player rep. He’s done many radio and television interviews, always demonstrating himself to be very well-informed. Yes, of course, you would invent a scenario that involves the Steelers and HGH :roll:

    Goodell was desperately trying to avoid Congressional hearings and player lawsuits regarding head injuries while also trying to negotiate an 18-game season. Rather than working on something substantive–for instance, requiring players to wear helmets that have been demonstrated to minimize concussion risk, he preferred something less costly and more dramatic: creating poster boys for “bad” hits. Vocal James Harrison made an excellent target. But film footage showed many of the hits for which he was fined were legal. So yes, that was a concern for the Steelers. And it should have been a concern for everyone.

    It’s common corporate practice when something goes wrong to scapegoat people rather than spend the money to overhaul processes and equipment. And Goodell is, above all, a corporate guy. In the end, the lawsuits came anyway. And research will show that his fining of the Steelers didn’t reduce the number or severity of concussions one bit. But by all means, tedmurph, continue your fictitious rants about our team.

  59. exibitsman says: May 24, 2012 7:46 PM

    I am so sick of this big mouths punk Harrison’s I wish MR ROGERS GOODALL would suspended this jerk for a lifetime He’s a big overgrown bully who allways has to have it his ways.!!!!!!!!!!!

  60. backindasaddle says: May 24, 2012 7:46 PM

    James Harrison = Perpetually Angry

  61. tedmurph says: May 24, 2012 7:49 PM

    You clearly don’t know much about Harrison,he’s got a lot going on upstairs.
    ==================================
    Wow.

  62. vikingamericann says: May 24, 2012 8:03 PM

    td40 | May 24, 2012, 6:20 PM EDT
    I assume that the picture accompanying this post was taken at practice. My question is- what is he practicing here?

    You must have missed the NFL rule change. I’ll quote it for you. Article 69 players upon returning from suspension must gratify the commish before be allowed to return to the team. This is also why Saints players refused to meet Roger’s in his office.

  63. tedmurph says: May 24, 2012 8:05 PM

    Yep, it’s a conspiracy. Goodell was desperate, so he took it out on your beloved steelers. Just like Ben’s accusers. Do you even listen to yourself?

    And your supposition that Goodell cracking down on on head hits that cause concussions will have no effect is beyond ridiculous (‘And research will show that his fining of the Steelers didn’t reduce the number or severity of concussions one bit’). Tell that to all the former players suing the NFL. Or Junior Seau. Did you wear a helmet when you played?

  64. cowboyscanada says: May 24, 2012 8:21 PM

    Im so sick of all the bickering between millionaires and billionaires,,,bounty scandals, arrests, its a real turn off for the ordinary fan.

  65. jh4prez says: May 24, 2012 8:43 PM

    My steelers are so pro union.i love em!

  66. triplet78 says: May 24, 2012 8:58 PM

    EXACTLY the problem right here… This clown Harrison thinks he has a right to play in the NFL! In fact most of these overpaid morons do! It’s a privilege to play in the NFL, not a right! Harrison, Vilma and the rest of the “troublemakers” need to understand your place.

  67. Deb says: May 24, 2012 9:12 PM

    @tedmurph …

    My, how dramatic! I didn’t post anything about a conspiracy. I posted that Goodell responded to a real problem with a Band-Aid solution. You were the one invention conspiracies about incompetent union reps, HGH-takers, and players disgruntled by fines when they had no reason to be. The Steelers weren’t the only team caught up in that fine imbroglio. And no one knows why Junior Seau took his life, not even the omniscient tedmurph. Suicide is an extremely complex issue … but I’m not surprised that, too, would become fodder for the CEO of Distortions R Us.

    I envy you a life so untouched by real tragedy that you have nothing more to obsess over or rant about than a rival football team.

  68. 49erstim says: May 24, 2012 9:23 PM

    I don’t hate the Steelers. They’re one of those franchises that have written a lot of NFL history. I have the utmost respect for the Rooneys and everything they’ve done to prosper my favorite sport. I take exception with only 2 of your players and it has nothing to do with talent. Ben is a drama queen and an attention whorah. Harrison has a bad attitude. It wouldn’t bother me if he followed the rules. You’ve got 4ft of strike zone and like the D-Bag he is he goes for headshots. This is the kind of dude that pulls a gun in a fist fight. Play within the rules and quit whining about the Commish. Does he have too much power? Probably. Guess where he gets it from nimrod…. All 32 NFL owners. The league isn’t a gestapo and Rog isn’t a dictator. He is an elected official! You might hate him, but the owners LOVE him! Stop trying to bite the hand that feeds you and play football…..within the rules ya clown! :-)

  69. decastrodavid says: May 24, 2012 9:25 PM

    i think his wife just got busted on 93.7 trying to call in anonymous & defend him…

  70. stillpointmedia says: May 24, 2012 9:38 PM

    I think you’ve gotten the wrong idea about Harrison from the media, including sites like this. Don’t judge someone, much less a public figures like Harrison & Vilma until you know them personally or the facts. You especially can’t believe Goodell & the NFL. Fact is, if they didn’t play the way they do, which by the way is how they’re coached to play, you wouldn’t be watching football. Have you ever thought that YOU don’t deserve what these guys are subjecting their bodies to for your entertainment? By the way, if you want to see an interesting video with the REAL James Harrison that was just posted on the web today check out, http://theusof.com. It was done by the guy who released the bounty audio & is now doing a film which includes Harrison.

  71. kingcarlbanks says: May 24, 2012 9:41 PM

    Wow, an employee who does not like management, what a shock. Join the 99% James, we feel the same way..

  72. clintonportisheadd says: May 24, 2012 9:56 PM

    It’s hardly a surprise that a cheap shot artist / late hit specialist would support players that were out to end the careers of Kurt Warner, Favre, and yes Big Ben. One wonders if Roethlisberger and Harrison have spent time discussing their divergent views of this issue? It’s a shame Harrison didn’t actually retire like he threatened to in 2010. Oh-that was all nonsense and even never really intended to? What a surprise!

    Fast forward 10 years and Goodell will still be Commissioner and Harrison will be a distant memory. I do see him appearing in PFT around 2011 when he files his inevitable bankruptcy.

  73. yourrealitybites says: May 24, 2012 10:24 PM

    He won’t like the store manager at Walmart that he will be working for in 5 years either. Obviously did not get enough hugs as a child (which he still is).

  74. wisconsinvikingsfan says: May 24, 2012 10:47 PM

    My original comment isn’t here, but someone tagged me earlier.

    To explain, it should be an honor to play in the NFL.

    There is no place for blatant attempts to injure other players. Harrison has proven by his actions and multiple fines, he just doesn’t get it. I totally agree with hard hitting legal play. It’s when you have the continued fines, blatant paying for injury, perhaps being commonplace in the saints organization. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a similar operation in pittsburgh, being paid to injure players (my opinion).
    So if I say, ban williams, peyton, vilma, let’s add harrison to this list too. He doesn’t get it, late hits, head shots, low blows, it is a blatant attempt to injure. The fines harrison gets are a joke compared to what he makes. It’s like 100 bucks to a normal person. No big deal.

    If you can’t play within the rules, if you show a continued pattern of cheap shots, you’re out. There are plenty of practice squad players that would honor the opportunity to play in the NFL.

    Love it or hate it, this is just my opinion.

  75. laserw says: May 24, 2012 11:06 PM

    Harrison deserves to experience being carted off the field on the last play of his miserable career. It is players like him that give the NFL a bad reputation. Clowns like him deserve the karma payback they’ll get.

  76. triplet78 says: May 24, 2012 11:39 PM

    @Stillpoint. I don’t have any desire to meet Harrison. His interviews and sound bites that he gives the media are enough for me to draw a conclusion as to what kind of Man he is (Oh by the way his behavioral issues from High School are enough to validate). “I’ll have to retire,” Why? Because he can’t tackle without dropping his head. And don’t give me any of that B.S. about what he puts his body through. He is being well compensated for that… Besides, if he doesn’t have the NFL what will James do with his limited education from Kent State? This man is a BUM, and once he’s done we’ll be broke too. Oh by the way $1000 bucks to someone that ends Harrison’s career this upcoming season!LOL

  77. larryjames836 says: May 25, 2012 12:17 AM

    All you Roger Goodell lovers going to see what he’s like when he drop the bomb on your team like he done the Saints. This is why a lot of people’s now disagree with the power Goodell has this is why the NFLPA is on him like a ant on meat skin. The power he has no one can stop him if the public attorneys can’t mess with him this means know one in the NFL can mess with unless they fire him. Goodell going to make the NFL a circus of crowns all season long pro-bowl games with no mutual contact all you people’s talking about Vilma he’s the only one that has the balls to stand up to Roger Goodell. Vilma are going to be the one to cut Goodell down if not the whole NFL going to suffer because of Goodell right now it’s like this whatever he says goes. Is this what you NFL football fans want out of Goodell don’t start crying when he drop the bomb on your team the Saints already know Goodell is a liar and cheat any man with proud knows if you are charging someone of something you must have evidences to back your case. So the owners and players gave him the power. So you other teams fans suck it up!!

  78. tweeter75 says: May 25, 2012 12:56 AM

    Harrison is a throwback to old days. Like 20,000 years ago when mankind lived in caves, wore loincloths, and carried large clubs. Like our ancestors the Cro-magnoids.

  79. fmwarner says: May 25, 2012 3:16 AM

    stillpointmedia says: May 24, 2012 9:38 PM

    I think you’ve gotten the wrong idea about Harrison from the media, including sites like this. Don’t judge someone, much less a public figures like Harrison & Vilma until you know them personally or the facts. You especially can’t believe Goodell & the NFL.
    ==================================

    So let me see if I have this right. We can’t judge public figures like James Harrison unless we know them personally or have the facts. Well, except for Roger Goodell…apparently it’s just fine to judge him. Unless you’ve had the Rog over for a barbecue and had a chat about the issues, you’re a hypocrite.

  80. brenenostler says: May 25, 2012 3:22 AM

    @ larryjames836

    I’m sure it sucks to see that happen to your team, but keep the big picture in mind. Roger Goodell is trying to protect the NFL’s players. Heck, I’m sure you’re aware of all those concussion lawsuits.
    This is Roger doing the right thing to protect the long term health of the players.

    Whether you like him or not, Roger Goodell is a great commissioner.

  81. deeppurple23 says: May 25, 2012 6:19 AM

    Of course, they want three or more people asking these decisions. That way by the time one is made the 16 games may be done on we’re one to next season when they might not be playing anyway. Guys like Ames are trying to make a joke out of my game. And then come back and sue when they’ve burned through the ridiculous amount of money that they earned.

  82. rajbais says: May 25, 2012 7:03 AM

    You know??

    Based on James Harrison’s “Men’s Journal” analogy
    the court room with Goodell would be like him in a fire and a lawsuit (and its victory) equates to a lack of piss to save him.

  83. Steeler's Will says: May 25, 2012 8:01 AM

    Remember when the NFL was selling pictures of the very hits for which they were fining Harrison?

    Also, if you don’t like him, you don’t have to read or comment about him. Sure it makes you FEEL tough, but everyone here knows it’s BS.

    Especially @Nevis: “Harrison, go back to being a dumbass LB and shut your mouth.”

    RAWR!! *flex*

  84. 49erstim says: May 25, 2012 8:06 AM

    All I’m saying about Goodell is that he is not comparable to a dictator. The power does not truly lie with him. It comes back to the owners. They have the power. He isn’t doing anything that they don’t want him to do. In fact they extended his contract! Trying to “take somebody out” is not real football. That is for cowards. Real hitting involves me hitting you so hard that you want to quit. Thats laying the lumber! Not these headshots that Harrison seems to love. By the way his insistence about lowering his head to tackle is garbage. Nowhere in correct form tackling are you to look down while tackling. Stop defending this clown……. As for Vilma: If he is guilty of what he is accused of then he is just as bad. Can we all stop making excuses for dirty players and calling it team loyalty now?…

  85. eggersthejerk says: May 25, 2012 8:11 AM

    Why is it that most photos you see of Harrison nowadays show him with his BIG mouth open?

  86. eggersthejerk says: May 25, 2012 8:23 AM

    Deb says:May 24, 2012 6:37 PM

    And he’s right about Goodell having too much power

    ………………………………………………………………………

    So you want him to be a weakling/total puppet for the owners like Bud Selig is in baseball?

    Things could be worse. The NFL could have Selig or Bettman as their commish.

  87. unlimitedcriticism says: May 25, 2012 9:30 AM

    His logic seems flawed. How does Goodell winning the lawsuit show that he has too much power? Wouldn’t it be an affirmation of his power?

  88. Deb says: May 25, 2012 11:08 AM

    @eggersthejerk …

    You make a good point about Selig. But my problem with Goodell is that he approaches every situation with such an obvious corporate mindset. His first response is always to worry about how things play for the public–and that was never more evident than with the concussion issue–than to actually work the problem.

    He talks a good game about player safety and personal conduct. But pay attention to how much his actions really address the issues. Fines are flamboyant and get a lot of publicity, but why doesn’t the NFL mandate helmets that have been shown to minimize concussions?

  89. daveman8403 says: May 25, 2012 11:13 AM

    @eggersthejerk —-

    It’s not about wanting him to be a weakling/total puppet for the owners. In fact he is doing everything to appease the owners.

    Too much power is Goodell being beyond all reproach and without check’s and balances. There is no arbitration. judge, jury, executioner.

    BTW he actually is a puppet for the owners. If they are not happy then he is out. it really doesn’t matter how much the NFLPA, fan, or anyone else feels about him.

  90. daveman8403 says: May 25, 2012 11:23 AM

    @brenenostler —-

    Cares about player safety? No, if he cared about player safety, then he would not be pushing for an 18 game season. He wants to ‘appear to care about players safety due to impending lawsuits’. according to you, he has accomplished this goal.

  91. 74steeler says: May 26, 2012 5:50 AM

    Funny how I sit while reading most of these comments knowing not one of you gutless turds would say this to the mans face. Here’s to you playing the game the way you have always played the game James. Pissed off, daring someone to come across our middle! We in STEELER NATION have got your Silverback buddy!

  92. stuartscottslefteye says: May 28, 2012 8:42 AM

    Roger Goodell a joke? No, Paul Tagliabue is the joke.

  93. stuartscottslefteye says: May 28, 2012 8:46 AM

    “Roger Goodell a joke? No, Paul Tagliabue is the joke.”

    – Oops – I meant Bud Selig.

  94. hugejazz says: May 29, 2012 4:06 PM

    Not to wish bad on anybody but if Jimmy Harrison EVER tries to collect extra medical money for the future medical issues he’ll have I will laugh the laugh of a mocker.

    The problem with Harrison is that he still has a tiny bit of brain rattling around his dome. The part that’s attached to his mouth.

  95. electionconfidential says: May 31, 2012 4:29 AM

    Life isn’t made up of little democracies… Goodell serves at the pleasure of the owners… They are the only democracy the NFL has. When Goodell stops doing their bidding he’ll be gone. Currently they’re still voting him raises.

  96. gingerkid2000 says: May 31, 2012 12:09 PM

    Mr Harrison, I am really looking forward to the moment when you’re 45 years old and in a wheelchair. A long line of drool spilling out of your mouth as you try drink your supper through a straw. Smelling of urine & feces as you struggle to remember the name of the nurse who changes your Depends. Paying child support for a kid you had out of wedlock while paying alimony to some chick who divorced you because she didn’t want to stay married to an unemployed vegetable.

    And one day you appear on ESPN next to your attorney you recruited from Cellino & Barns who is pleading your case to the public over why you are suing the NFL.

    Just remember all those people laughing, are laughing at you. Not with you.

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