Harrison Criticizes Goodell & Teammates
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA)- Steelers linebacker James Harrison is not only taking shots at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell but teammates Ben Roethlisberger and Rashard Mendenhall now as well.
In the August issue of Men’s Journal, Harrison continued his year-long attack on Goodell.
Harrison calls Goodell a “crook” and a “devil,” among other insults in the magazine article called “Confessions of an NFL Hit Man.”
He goes on to say, “If that man was on fire and I had to p*** to put him out, I wouldn’t do it,” Harrison told Men’s Journal. “I hate him and will never respect him.”
His other descriptions of the commissioner include an anti-gay slur, “stupid,” “puppet” and “dictator.”
Harrison has spent part of the time during the lockout recuperating from back surgery at his home in Arizona, which is where he was interviewed by Men’s Journal sometime in April or May.
The most interesting part of the article is that Harrison reportedly criticized Roethlisberger and Medenhall for their performances in the Super Bowl.
According to CBSSports.com, here’s what Harrison said about Roethlisberger’s Super Bowl performance, “Hey, at least throw a pick on their side of the field instead of asking the D to bail you out again. Or hand the ball off and stop trying to act like Peyton Manning. You ain’t that and you know it, man; you just get paid like he does.”
Harrison also calls Mendenhall a fumble machine.
Other highlights of the article:
*Calls Patriots-turned-commentators Rodney Harrison and Tedy Bruschi (“clowns”)
*Calls Houston’s Brian Cushing (“juiced out of his mind”)
*Questions whether a black player is punished more for a hard hit on a white player than the opposite.
Pittsburgh Steelers President Art Rooney II issued a statement just after noon today.
It reads: “I have not yet seen the article in Men’s Journal nor have I spoken to James Harrison about his comments. We will discuss the situation at the appropriate time, when permitted once the labor situation is resolved.”