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James Harrison says he’s known as a “massage whore”

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In his first public comments as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals, veteran linebacker James Harrison shared with the media a nickname he says has been applied to him throughout his career.

“Massage whore.”

The awkward-sounding label, which relates to his receipt of massages and not his dispensation of them, was scrubbed from the transcript of his comments prepared by the Bengals.  But it appears in the video of the session that accompanies the scrubbed transcript.

“I’ve always been what everybody’d like to call — excuse my English — is massage whore,” Harrison said.  “I can’t think of nothing else.  They done called me it so long I’m starting to believe it.”

The question came up after Harrison explained that he spends between $400,000 and $600,000 per year “on body work, as far as taking care of my body, year-in and year-out.”

“I have a hyperbaric chamber,” Harrison said.  “I rent a hyperbaric chamber when I’m in Arizona.  I have massages and I bring people in from New York, Arizona to where I’m at. There’s that cost.  Like I said, I get body work almost every single day except Saturday and Sunday.  I have a homeopathic doctor and I do a lot of homeopathic things.  It’s just a lot, supplements, so on and so forth.”

The transcript also suggests that Harrison gave a potentially disrespectful assessment of quarterback Andy Dalton when asked to provide Harrison’s view of the third-year player:  “I don’t have a view,” Harrison said.  “Next question.”  The video and audio suggests something far less dismissive of the quarterback.

Besides, it’s not as if Harrison called Dalton a “massage whore.”

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35 Responses to “James Harrison says he’s known as a “massage whore””
  1. Mr. Wright 212 says: May 14, 2013 5:03 PM

    Man, WHAT did I just read?

  2. sdcameron says: May 14, 2013 5:07 PM

    Don’t blame him, if I had that kind of money I would get a massage every day, especially so when your body is so important.

  3. andrewproughcfe says: May 14, 2013 5:09 PM

    AFC North view of Dalton:

    1. Locks in on receivers
    2. Easy to read eyes
    3. Easy to pick off
    4. Gets credit on a lot of hard work by AJ Green for fighting hard for jump balls

  4. britishraven says: May 14, 2013 5:09 PM

    He’ll be broke within 2 years of leaving the league. How do you spend 400K+ on massages?!?!?

  5. prmpft says: May 14, 2013 5:16 PM

    Pac can hook him up there too!

  6. thesteelers says: May 14, 2013 5:19 PM

    6 rings

  7. 8to80texansblog says: May 14, 2013 5:32 PM

    thesteelers says:
    May 14, 2013 5:19 PM
    6 rings

    ===========

    Pretty sure Harrison only has 2….

  8. goodtogo28 says: May 14, 2013 5:33 PM

    no happy ending?

  9. 8to80texansblog says: May 14, 2013 5:34 PM

    thesteelers says:
    May 14, 2013 5:19 PM
    6 rings

    ========================

    And please don’t become Dallas Fan….. Because walking around aimlessly throwing around “Five Frickin Rings” is something Dallas Fan does…. be better than Dallas fan.

  10. howiehandles says: May 14, 2013 5:39 PM

    While I’m certainly not a finance major, you would assume that you could hire one or two massage therapists at 50-75k each, and save a whole bunch of money. Would seem to be a pretty good gig for them too.

  11. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: May 14, 2013 5:45 PM

    Who isn’t?

  12. lilrob10201 says: May 14, 2013 5:45 PM

    Brett Farve is also.

  13. jayhawk6 says: May 14, 2013 5:47 PM

    Hyperbaric chamber? Last notable to use one of those was Michael Jackson.

    However James Harrison may be on to something.

    Good for him.

  14. lscratchingthesurface says: May 14, 2013 5:51 PM

    Throwing a new teammate under the bus before he plays a down??? Mr. Harrison: you should really just play football and check your ego!!!

  15. crownofthehelmet says: May 14, 2013 5:57 PM

    Sounds like it’s going to cost him $ to play for the Bengals.

  16. mazblast says: May 14, 2013 6:08 PM

    “Massage wh**e” has an entirely different meaning if you’re old enough to remember then-Cincinnati City Councilman Jerry Springer’s 1975 adventures. LMFAO!

  17. Waxxx4321 says: May 14, 2013 6:21 PM

    “Jayhawk said” “Hyperbaric chamber? Last notable to use one of those was Michael Jackson.”

    Uhh Actually several people use Hyperbaric chambers to rest and heal up and massage their bodies during the season and especially in the off season. One of my favorite players Santana Moss sleeps in one for the off season…and look at his longevity in the league .

  18. tjacks7 says: May 14, 2013 6:31 PM

    It’s like any other business. If you run a trucking company, you invest in servicing your trucks. If you run a landscaping company, you invest in your equipment. If you’re a pro football player that routinely collides with other pro football players, you invest in taking care of your body. Who knows, maybe he won’t be 45 years old, crippled and brain damaged (anymore than he already is).

  19. iced107 says: May 14, 2013 6:34 PM

    Waxxx4321 says:
    May 14, 2013 6:21 PM
    “Jayhawk said” “Hyperbaric chamber? Last notable to use one of those was Michael Jackson.”

    Uhh Actually several people use Hyperbaric chambers to rest and heal up and massage their bodies during the season and especially in the off season. One of my favorite players Santana Moss sleeps in one for the off season…and look at his longevity in the league .
    ——————————————————

    Steven Jackson does too. He had a web series that covered the behind the scenes stuff on him, including recovery.

  20. eezyxyz says: May 14, 2013 6:34 PM

    “The transcript also suggests that Harrison gave a potentially disrespectful assessment of quarterback Andy Dalton ….. The video and audio suggests something far less dismissive of the quarterback.”

    I don’t know … I’ve watched the video and he does say it pretty casually, not abruptly or with any aggression, but even so it’s got to be disconcerting for Bengals fans that a guy who’s actually faced Dalton the last two years couldn’t think of anything nice to say about him off the top of his head.

  21. sfraider says: May 14, 2013 6:37 PM

    Wow what do they do for 400k!

  22. mazblast says: May 14, 2013 6:41 PM

    crownofthehelmet says: May 14, 2013 5:57 PM

    Sounds like it’s going to cost him $ to play for the Bengals.
    —————————————-
    It’s not as if he should anticipate a Super Bowl winner’s share. 0 for 45 and counting.

  23. natijim235 says: May 14, 2013 8:34 PM

    wow – if he doesn’t like andy dalton can’t wait till he tatoos gentle ben

  24. berniesboys says: May 14, 2013 9:09 PM

    Surprised by Harrison’s comments about Dalton? Nope. He’s a mean dude.

  25. t8ertot says: May 14, 2013 9:10 PM

    He never said he didn’t like dalton. You’re all putting words in his mouth. Maybe he doesn’t know him that well, like most of his new teammates

  26. bobzilla1001 says: May 14, 2013 9:14 PM

    Wow, I miss this guy already!!!
    He’s a heartless animal who enjoys making opponents (and the media) quiver. If he’s on your team, what’s not to like about James Harrison?
    Going to be interesting watching him pay back the Steelers. I have a feeling SuperBen will sustain “injuries” before each of the Steelers-Bengals games in 2013. Nothing serious. Just “injured” enough not to be “able” to play in either game. That’s a tactic he usually saves for the Ravens…

  27. abninf says: May 14, 2013 9:33 PM

    “They done called me it so long………”
    ===================================

    At least “they” won’t call you a scholar.

  28. whodey83 says: May 14, 2013 9:36 PM

    andrewproughcfe says:
    May 14, 2013 5:09 PM
    AFC North view of Dalton:

    1. Locks in on receivers
    2. Easy to read eyes
    3. Easy to pick off
    4. Gets credit on a lot of hard work by AJ Green for fighting hard for jump balls

    ——————————————-
    PFT view of andrewproughcfe:

    1. Bengals articles troll
    2. Closet Bengals fan
    3. Definitely a ginger
    4. Wears tiger striped underpants

    Go find something else to do, guy.

  29. nickster31 says: May 14, 2013 10:08 PM

    Harrison has had Ben as his QB, with rookie of the year and 3 Super Bowl trips. Dalton has a way to go to earn his respect.

  30. Joemontanaflacco says: May 15, 2013 7:58 AM

    He didn’t want to get into a debate about Dalton V. Roestlisbooger because it would come out that he, like so many other Steelers, know that Big (has) Ben’s career is over and the only reason he’s on the roster is that the team is broke.

  31. earlywormgetseaten says: May 15, 2013 9:17 AM

    He didn’t disrespect Dalton. He simply denied having a perspective. Perhaps he had nothing nice to say (in which case he took the high road). Regardless, his opinion of his own QB does not impact his ability to menace the oppositions.

  32. banjaxedbengal says: May 15, 2013 9:44 AM

    For those of you thinking he will go poor. Easiest way to stay rich and of course help people too – is start a foundation. He has one. Also, he has mentioned several times that he has a pretty sizeable real estate portfolio. Sounds pretty business savvy to me.

  33. Deb says: May 15, 2013 2:01 PM

    I love James Harrison. He’ll always be a Steeler to me and the rightful MVP of SBXLIII. Hope he has a standout year as a Bengal (but not against us). Still think the Steelers made a huge mistake not finding a way to keep him. As with all Steeler players who leave us on relatively good terms, I’ll continue to root for his individual success. But he’s gone now, so it’s no longer necessary to tag us every time he opens his mouth.

  34. vex24 says: May 15, 2013 4:29 PM

    Traditionally LBs hate QBs. It’s a good thing. His actual response to the Andy Dalton question wasn’t a slight. He just had no comment. A wise response. The season hasn’t even begun.

  35. Sometimes Interesting says: May 15, 2013 4:39 PM

    If I were Harrison and spending that much on massages, I think at that point I’d just marry a masseuse!

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