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Scorp
12-02-2010, 01:41 AM
Mike Tomlin has James Harrison's(notes) back. The Pittsburgh Steelers coach defends his star linebacker every time he's fined for a late, illegal or vicious hit. It happens quite often -- Harrison has been fined $125,000 so far this year -- so you'd imagine Tomlin has to work hard to come up with new justifications for why his player shouldn't be fined. His newest one: college tuition payments.

Though Harrison's children aren't yet in kindergarten, Tomlin told Alex Marvez of Sirius NFL Radio that the NFL should think of the kids before levying any new fines against the linebacker:

"We talk about the money like it's Monopoly money sometimes just because these guys happen to be professional athletes. [One-hundred thousand] is [$100,000], I don't care how much money you make. I take offense at times just in general how all of us talk about the money. He's got two kids. That's some serious college schooling right there potentially for those kids 16, 18 years from now."

Tomlin has a point. Between roster bonuses and salary, Harrison will make $3.55 million this season. The $125,000 in fines he's earned so far represent 1/28th of his salary. That's the equivalent of someone who earns $50,000 per year paying a $1,785 fine. Is that enough to force his kids to go to community college? Not unless he hired M.C. Hammer's financial adviser. However, it's still a fair percentage of a salary no matter which tax bracket you're in.

But -- and there's most definitely a but -- Harrison isn't an innocent in this. He's earned those fines for putting other players' lives and careers in danger. If Tomlin is worried about Harrison's two kids, what about the kids of those two Cleveland Browns players Harrison tried to decapitate earlier this year? They'd be much worse off if their father couldn't earn any money from football because some headhunting fool broke his neck.

There's a delicate line to tiptoe when trying to elicit sympathy for a millionaire athlete. Fans can put aside the absurdity of the dollars because of principle, but once you try to apply real-world examples to the plight of a guy who earned $16 million last year, you tend to lose Joe Pittsburgh. We sympathize with Derek Jeter because he's getting lowballed by the Yankees despite the fact that he's been the most visible, marketable member of the franchise since Mickey Mantle. We can support Darrelle Revis(notes) holding out in training camp to get paid; he's the best cornerback in the game who deserves to get what he can when he can.

But I'm supposed to cry for James Harrison because he gets avoidable fines that take a dent out of his $51 million contract? I'll save my outrage, thanks.

jnes1216
12-02-2010, 01:51 AM
What moron wrote this article?

Sympathy for Jeter and his financial situation? Really... really.

Feel for Revis? Play your contract, they're not taking pay from those who have under performed, why should they pay more for those who have over achieved. Play another year at a high level and then demand what you want.

Scorp
12-02-2010, 02:08 AM
What moron wrote this article?

I'll find out. Wait. :grin1:

--- Added 12/2/2010 at 01:08 AM ---

Some stupid moron named Chris Chase.

jnes1216
12-02-2010, 02:14 AM
Maybe moron was kinda strong on my end, but I never heard of the guy. He has bad arguments nonetheless.

Scorp
12-02-2010, 02:18 AM
Maybe moron was kinda strong on my end, but I never heard of the guy. He has bad arguments nonetheless.

Maybe the moron is a rookie. :grin1:

jnes1216
12-02-2010, 02:28 AM
Guess I am the one who should save his outrage. Having laid off workers, I doubt they feel any sympathies toward Jeter or Revis.

SteelDad
12-02-2010, 07:49 AM
Guess I am the one who should save his outrage. Having laid off workers, I doubt they feel any sympathies toward Jeter or Revis.

Excellent point.:clap:

BlitzburghRockCity
12-02-2010, 08:17 AM
Tomlin's statements are being taken way out of context; Tomlin isn't saying don't fine a player just because he has a family. He's outraged at the fines in general and just sticking up for Harrison via that particular point of view. Letting people know that in the wake of all the fines, the amount of money is just as bad as the number of times he's flagged. Just because it doesn't come out of our pockets doesn't mean it's insignificant.

Rampage
12-02-2010, 11:03 AM
Tomlin's statements are being taken way out of context; Tomlin isn't saying don't fine a player just because he has a family. He's outraged at the fines in general and just sticking up for Harrison via that particular point of view. Letting people know that in the wake of all the fines, the amount of money is just as bad as the number of times he's flagged. Just because it doesn't come out of our pockets doesn't mean it's insignificant.

I agree with this assertion; however, I do think that he should have chosen a better way of wording things. It comes off as the "woe is me, I am only a multi-millionaire," type of complaint.

BlitzburghRockCity
12-02-2010, 11:21 AM
Scorp, can you post a link to that article please.



This is what really continues to **** me off about people who just don't get it...


Harrison isn't an innocent in this. He's earned those fines for putting other players' lives and careers in dangerPutting their lives in danger? are you serious?! Please go get a dose of common sense and then grab yourself a new life because you've obviously lost any sense of what the NFL is actually about. This is why I hate the media sometimes, they have such a huge voice and people who can't think for themselves actually believe this nonsense!

steelersbabex25
12-02-2010, 02:39 PM
I agree with this assertion; however, I do think that he should have chosen a better way of wording things. It comes off as the "woe is me, I am only a multi-millionaire," type of complaint.

I agree. I feel bad for Harrison, and the fact that he's being... whatever the opposite of victimized is, but I think the whole, "taking food out of his kids mouths thing," is a little ridiculous. $125,000 is barely a dent in his paycheck.

Zachintosh66
12-02-2010, 04:03 PM
Didnt harrison just get like 10+ million in a signing bonus

Cmon man...

Troyisabeast_43
12-02-2010, 04:14 PM
While I agree the fines Harrison has been receiving should not be warranted every week, but youre not going to see me giving any sympathy to Harrison for what Tomlin said here about taking money out of his kids tuition. With the way the economy is today these guys are blessed to make this kind of money while playing and coaching a game. So sitting there saying stuff like this is not going to get much sympathy from anybody...

igor0190
12-02-2010, 04:35 PM
You guys rag on the kind of money they make, however don't forget the average NFL career is ridiculously short (what is it, 4-5 years max) and only a small percentage make the big James Harrison dollars. Sure, I know they get to play a game they love for money... but also consider that the risks and violence of this sport will also prematurely age and cripple many of their lives. There are many white collar workers, CEO's of big companies, that make just as much money zero risk involved.

I don't feel sorry for them either, but $125,000 is still $125K.