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    James Harrison calls Goodell a "Crook, and the Devil" in magazine article

    NEW YORK — Heavily fined Steelers linebacker James Harrison calls NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a "crook" and a "devil," among other insults, in a magazine article.

    The 2008 AP Defensive Player of the Year hasn't been shy about ripping the league after he was docked $100,000 for illegal hits last season. In the August issue of Men's Journal, his rants against Goodell reach another level of wrath.

    "If that man was on fire and I had to **** to put him out, I wouldn't do it," Harrison told the magazine. "I hate him and will never respect him."

    His other descriptions of the commissioner include an anti-gay slur, "stupid," "puppet" and "dictator."

    If the Steelers had defeated the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl, Harrison said, he would have whispered in Goodell's ear during the trophy ceremony: "Why don't you quit and do something else, like start your own league in flag football?"

    Harrison also criticizes other NFL execs, Patriots-turned-commentators Rodney Harrison and Tedy Bruschi ("clowns"), Houston's Brian Cushing ("juiced out of his mind") — and even teammates Rashard Mendenhall and Ben Roethlisberger for their performances in the Super Bowl loss. Harrison questions whether a black player is punished more for a hard hit on a white player than the opposite.

    Beyond the insults, Harrison makes some serious points about what he believes are the league's misguided attempts to increase safety. He explains how non-guaranteed contracts make players more likely to hit high, because in the short term, a torn knee ligament is more costly than a concussion.

    And Harrison suggests the real way to prevent head injuries is to shorten the season to 14 games, start offseason workouts later and trim the length of training camp so "we're not bangin' heads so much in August; that's where the brain trauma comes from."

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    I know Harrison pretty much hates Goodell as it is but would he really say that stuff to a national magazine knowing full well it would get out to the public in a heartbeat? Was it paraphrased? Did the writer put that stuff in when it was supposed to be off the record? I haven't heard anything from Harrison yet on this but this deserves more attention before start crucifying him for shooting his mouth off.

    I've been doing some digging on the Men's Journal website, I'll post up what I find out.
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    I really hope James is smarter than this. Could be some locker room issues and some league issues to deal with if he really said these things. I don't like Goodell myself and have expressed my opinion of him openly but I don't have to play in the league under his watch either. The lockout needs to end and we need to return to the business of football and stop the mouth running.
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    I'm reading the article now, I found a PDF of it which is referenced in the 3rd post. This interview was done in May. It's a very interesting article with some seriously bad *** pics of Harrison. I haven't finished it completely yet, however unless it was taken out of context in some way, it appears he did indeed make those comments.

    The article mentions how he calls Rashard Mendenhall a "fumble machine" and how he nearly punched out Bruce Arians during a practice altercation. It also talks about his childhood, his problems getting into college, and his trials before becoming a super star in the NFL. He also talks about Ben's mistakes in the super bowl. You really owe it yourself to get this article and read it for yourself.
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    Dear James Harrison, this is why you get fined so much.

    Sincerely,
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    Seriously, this guy wonders he gets fined more? He's a very good playe and I like his on the field artitude, however his mouth is a problem for the Steeler organization. I said last year that the main reason he got fined so much last year was because he said "I'm looking to hurt people.". This will only put a bigger target on his back.

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    Also, singling out your offenses two best weapons probably isn't a good idea either. I know that Joe Greene and Terry Bradshaw hated each other, but they did what they had to do to win. We will see if the Steelers can do this from this point forward.
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    This interview was done in May, but released now by Men's Journal. Poor timing if you ask me. I'm anxious to hear his reaction to this article and also what the Rooney's and Tomlin have to say.

    Some quotes from the article:



    "My rep is James Harrison, mean son of a bitch who loves hitting the hell out of people" but up until last year, there was no word of me being dirty - till Roger Goodell, who's a crook and a puppet, said i was the dirtiest player in the league. If that man was on fire and I to **** to put him out, I wouldn't do it. I hate him and will never respect him."

    In reference to the meetings in New York last year..

    "What I tried to explain to Goodell, but he was too stupid to understand."

    Rashard Mendenhall: "He's a fumble machine"

    on Roethlisberger: "He's no Peyton Manning, He just gets paid like he does."
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    While I agree about goodell he took it way too far although some of the quotes were hilarious. BUT what I have a real issue with is him calling out ben and Mendy. He should have kept his mouth shut

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    This is now quickly turning out to be another 'Summer of Steelers' Discontent.' I thought LAST summer was bad, first Hines DUI and now this. I have no problem with what JH said regarding Goodell or Mendy/Ben's performance in the SB, but there was no need for the reference to Manning in there. This is material that divides locker rooms and Tomlin now has another issue on his hands. I would also like to remind James that while our defense has been great, how many times did Ben bail their asses out too with big comebacks?


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    If these are the true feeling he has regarding Ben and Mendenhall, I am glad. But I wouldn't have spoke my mind in Men Journal. He should be pissed they lost the Super Bowl. This team should have a chip on it's shoulder and want to play better than they did back in Feb. He is a 100% right Ben tries to do too much and that he should not try to play like Peyton. This is a non-issue but people are going to make it one because he went public with his feeling about team mates.
    I hope that this team doesn't dismantle because of these comments. If anything they should become more united. One other thing, I wanted to punch Bruce Arians myself a few times....there are many on this board who would have been inline to do the same.

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