Harrison calls Goodell a “crook,” says he’d like public to see interview

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Following Thursday night’s preseason game, Steelers linebacker James Harrison addressed his decision to agree to an interview with the NFL regarding the Al-Jazeera report that accused Harrison of using performance-enhancing drugs.

Earlier in the day Harrison told NFL Network that the NFL had no credible evidence against him but he agreed to the interview because getting suspended for not cooperating, as the NFL had threatened to do to Harrison and other players named in the report, would hurt his team.

“If it goes to a conduct detrimental [situation] it goes to the hands of that crook, I mean Roger Goodell, [and] he can do whatever he wants,” Harrison said Thursday night. “That’s just the bargaining agreement that the players signed.”

Harrison and Goodell, the NFL Commissioner, are longtime non-friends. Earlier this summer, Harrison said he’d agree to an interview if Goodell came to Harrison’s house.

As for the interview itself, Harrison proposed having media on hand for transparency reasons — or even broadcasting it live.

“Whatever evidence they think they have, or reason for questioning me, is out of my control,” Harrison said. “I really don’t know.

“I wouldn’t have a problem with it being filmed live. I’ve been prosecuted and persecuted, you know, publicly in the media by them for something I didn’t do. So I don’t see why we couldn’t have the media there and do a live interview. They can ask whatever questions they want and I can answer them.

“You all can see whatever evidence they say they got.”

71 responses to “Harrison calls Goodell a “crook,” says he’d like public to see interview

  1. Harrison knows that his union allowed the man with the least amount of integrity in America to serve as judge and jury.

    If Harrison so much as looks at Goodell the wrong way, he can be suspended for the season and there is nothing anyone can do about it.

    The NFLPA should do a wildcat strike until Goodell’s powers are reduced.

  2. Harrison makes a great point. Broadcast it live for the whole world to see. Goodell would never ok this, however. Public relations aren’t his strong suit. Goodell has screwed up so much in regards to punishments why not be transparent now if he’s got nothing to hide.

  3. These clowns just don’t get it, I guess all those PEDs have destroyed their brain. He’s above you, he makes the rules. You are a nobody in the NFL, easily replaceable.

  4. I would fully support a strike. I think it’s the only way to get godell out. As upset as I would be to miss a season, it really would be worth it n the end. He is destroying this great game.

  5. The evidence is that you’re a 280lb meathead physical freak. However the NFL doesn’t mind this because 80% of players are taking peds, they just want to talk to you because you were stupid enough to associate with a moron that admitted on camera that he had sold them to you.

  6. Those are big words Rafael Palmeiro II. Maybe you should see what the league has as evidence before you shovel out your own hole.

  7. How is he a crook? Look, Goodell doesn’t represent the NFL the way the President represents the US citizens. The President is expected to respect the rights of everybody equally regardless of party affiliation. Goodell represents only the owners. He is obligated to respect the rights of players only as bargained with the NFLPA. Stop expecting him to be fair and unbiased. His very job description means he is biased by definition. He’s not concerned with players except as it relates to the business of the NFL. The owners seem to like what he’s doing and business is booming so expect more of the same. I don’t like Goodell but if it was my business, I’d want someone like him protecting my investment, taking the bullets, keeping my hands clean, and spinning it so I look good.

  8. Omg i love this. Maybe every single media outlet shoukd start calling for Goodells head on a platter. If the media had any onions he would have been fired by now.

    We all know the spineless Owners dont like having their League criticized. Its about time this clown gets shredded daily like he has been.

    Goodell and Blandino are ruining the enjoyment of the NFL for 100 percent of NFL fans with a brain

  9. Whether you like James Harrison or not he speaks his mind regarding Roger Goodell. Anyone who thinks the NFL is better since Goodell took over please raise your hand.

  10. #92, nobody plays it, says it better. Someone needs to stand up to Crookdell. Roj is “the establishment” that hippie group in the late 60’s was referring to

  11. This is several issues culminating in a debacle. Goodell does have too much power, but the NFLPA and owners also are culpable to allow it. Goodell’s quest to do what the owners wanted him to and clean up the off-field discipline and drugs will be his undoing eventually. At the same time, who ever heard of illegal substances in the NFL? Everyone, that’s the problem. Sure, not these players, but on a world stage this is a chance for the NFL and the accused players to poke Al Jazeera, deservedly, right in the eye.

  12. You are one angry guy, probably helps with the job you have, but off the field your attitude makes you look like a jerk,

  13. In my lifetime I can’t think of another commissioner of any sport who is as loved by owners as he is hated by players.

    They are gonna have to pry his cold, dead hands off that job.

  14. I wonder when the Steelers will get tired of this jerk and let him grandstand in retirement? He was a very good player once but now he is just a gasbag.

  15. Why aren’t the Rooney’s telling Harrison to interview or be cut?

    NFL Owners loved it when Brady was on the hot seat, now they seem very quiet. Hmmm…

  16. sixringslikeatelephone says:
    Aug 19, 2016 5:28 AM
    In my lifetime I can’t think of another commissioner of any sport who is as loved by owners as he is hated by players.

    They are gonna have to pry his cold, dead hands off that job.
    ++++++++++=

    Sounds good to me. Unfortunately it probably won’t be today.

  17. Thats why the steelers voted against the current CBA. They didn’t want to give the crook all the power. Players need to demand changes when the current CBA expires.

  18. bartpkelly says:
    Aug 19, 2016 12:32 AM

    It would be wrong for the NFL to not follow up on a story about NFL players using PEDs. That is all the NFL is doing.

    yeah, it was wrong to carry mannings anointed behind out in a sedan chair and then tell us he’s cleared then turn around and give credibility to the same accuser by going after these guys days later.

    nothing to see here, move along.

    Hateroids should be feeling red faced about now.

  19. Some people don’t know what’s actually good for them. The interviews that the league wants to conduct are designed to clear the names of the guys who were mentioned in the media. Allegations of cheating can haunt a player for the rest of his life unless his name is cleared. Goodell is trying to do these guys a favor and some aren’t smart enough to recognize that.

  20. boogerhut says:
    Aug 19, 2016 3:38 AM

    Just interview man. Not that hard. I’d be more concerned about Bolt dabbing idiot. J. U. S. T. I. T. E. R. V. I. E. W. DONE IDIOT.

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    uh….think you misspelled something genius. who’s the idiot here?

  21. Some of you cats are something. Thinking the NFL is following up on something credible? Have you guys missed the part where the dude who brought the allegations said he made it up?

    Basically, these guys are being harassed by the NFL over a fictional story. It is completely ridiculous.

  22. Everyone seems to forget that Goodell is the public face of all 32 owners. He says and does nothing without the consent of 32 billionaires. He is their collective voice, heart, and soul. If Goodell disgusts you, what you are really disgusted with is the 32 billionaires who actually run the show. And you should.

    Goodell is paid handsomely to take all the ire that’s intended for 32 cowards.

  23. Goodell only does what he’s told to do by his 32 bosses people need to stop blaming him for everything they perceive to be wrong with the league.
    In this situation it’s the players fault for letting their union steal their money because D Smith is utterly useless he’s done nothing for them.
    Jimmy has done nothing but whine about the way the NFL does business yet he keeps coming back no one is holding a gun to his head to sign those contracts with all them zero’s and no none told him to un retire ( maybe his accountant did) either.
    If you don’t like the rules it’s time to find another job my man

  24. It is Goodell’s job to protect the owners investment. If there are guys getting bulked up with peds, this theoretically leads to more injuries as these guys hit people. The league needs to do everything it can to show they tried to keep this out of the game or they will have more huge settlements for concussions, etc. Or they could look the other way as Tagliabue did.
    And I’m a huge Harrison fan.

  25. baltimorezombielean says:
    Aug 19, 2016 12:22 AM

    I love James Harrison

    -Ravens Fan

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    Dude is a beast.

    -Another Ravens Fan

  26. iseek11 says

    I’d want someone like him protecting my investment, taking the bullets, keeping my hands clean, and spinning it so I look good.
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    two points, the players are the biggest asset a team has, so protecting the owners investment by destroying the players is not protecting their assets.

    spinning it so i look good, what have you been listening to? The NFL has never looked worse.

  27. We all know Goodell is a liar but I wish Harrison and others had spoken up when it became known in court that Goodell gave a falsified recounting of Brady’s appeal testimony in order to make Brady seem to be acting guiltily. Goodell had to because, as his lawyer admitted to Judge Berman, he had no actual evidence that would stand up to scientific and legal scrutiny.

    And as to those Steeler fans claiming the Steelers voted against the CBA because of the power it gave Goodell, you’re wrong – it had nothing to do with the long-standing article 46.

  28. tonebones says:
    Aug 19, 2016 7:26 AM

    Some people don’t know what’s actually good for them. The interviews that the league wants to conduct are designed to clear the names of the guys who were mentioned in the media. Allegations of cheating can haunt a player for the rest of his life unless his name is cleared. Goodell is trying to do these guys a favor and some aren’t smart enough to recognize that.

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    I’m sure that’s what the pats thought when the NFL brought Ted Wells in to do an unbiased investigation. And this is someone who fully believes the Pats more likely than not were intentionally lowering the pressure in balls.

    If there wasn’t enough evidence to show Peyton Manning was involved here (the main character in the “story”), the writer of said “story” has recanted and claimed it to be fictitious, and none of these players have failed a PED test. What exactly is the interview going to prove? It can ONLY be used to twist and incriminate themselves. The players have nothing to gain from the interview outside of avoiding an INDEFINITE suspension by Goodell with no cause. Its like being arrested for “resisting arrest.” Wouldn’t the suspect have to be doing something wrong to be arrested in the first place?

  29. seabrawk12 says:
    Aug 19, 2016 8:34 AM
    Complete opposite approach of the shameful Tom Brady. Good on you Mr. Harrison.
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    So has Harrison “fully co-operated” like Ted Wells said Brady did? Has Harrison handed over his phone? – Brady have emails (which the league leaked) and offered phone logs. How has Brady, who interviewed multiple times and testified under oath, acted shamefully compared to an as yet un-cooperative Harrison? Grow up dude!

  30. Goodell should authorize the public interview just to watch the union freak out and try to backtrack. If they actually do it, they could seem reasonable with the questions and chip away at the management is bad and out to get us shtick

  31. And that is how you refute accusations, not “no I don’t think so, I don’t think i’m a cheater” then take the league to the SC

  32. lscottman3 says:
    Aug 19, 2016 8:43 AM
    iseek11 says

    I’d want someone like him protecting my investment, taking the bullets, keeping my hands clean, and spinning it so I look good.
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    two points, the players are the biggest asset a team has, so protecting the owners investment by destroying the players is not protecting their assets.

    spinning it so i look good, what have you been listening to? The NFL has never looked worse.
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    Two answers, the players are assets. Among many assets. But people are acting like these guys are already destroyed. Nothing will come of this. They will be interviewed. The league will pause an appropriate length of time. And during opening weekend they’ll announce that their is no credible evidence against these pkayers and the case is closed. What couldn’t happen was that Peyton cooperated and was exonerated but these guys didn’t cooperate but were also exonerated. So Goodell asserted himself, as the owners want. The players will not be suspended because Al-Jezeera is a hack organization and has no pull.

    And spinning it so it looks good is a matter of perspective. To guys like us who post in sites like this and follow football daily, we are frustrated and see the league we grew up loving being chipped away and turned into a shadow of itself. What the owners see is record revenue and tv viewership. Mom and pop at home barely know “deflategate” or PED investigations. But compared to 2006 when the NFL looked like a rogue league filled with rapists and barfighters and wife beaters, the NFL looks to the general public much more like somethings moms want their kids watching. That’s good spinning.

  33. The NFL and Lord Goodell sure love to burn players. They want so bad to be a police force and hand out judgement

    They should rebrand to a private security force they way they are going.

  34. I would definately want the conversation recorded. I’m not so sure about a live broadcast. But I do think it’s ok to call their bluff. Their just fishing and want to find something. They are bully’s. I’m amazed at how many peoples are standing up for the NFL.

  35. As usual, the owners and their staff’s can do anything they want, while the players are treated like mindless idiots/slaves.

    Perfect example is, The Colts GM gets caught with a boat load of illegal drugs, and get a pass from justice system and NFL. But if some some reporter mentions drugs in an article, and the NFL is using gestapo tactics to force players to an inquest.

    Another Example. Owners flagrantly ignore playing field safety concerns, and the NFL refuses to establish any meaningful standards/rulings, but if a player wears wrong color accessory, they get a huge fine. Meanwhile, NFL pays off medical staff to ignore CTE implications.

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