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Harrison Rips Goodell And Teammates

James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers is known as one of the best defensive players in the NFL. He has also earned the reputation of being mean, hard nosed, and at times dirty. Harrison claims he’s not dirty, but that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell branded him as such.

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When asked about Goodell, Harrison made the comment, “If that man was on fire and I had to piss to put him out, I wouldn’t do it. I hate him and will never respect him.” 

Wow! Tell us how you really feel James.

He also ripped his quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for some costly mistakes he made in the last Super Bowl, as well as calling Steeler running back Rashard Mendenhall a “fumble machine.”

All of his comments, as well as an anti-gay slur, and a photo of Harrison holding up two of his own pistols, is part of a story in the August edition of Men’s Journal.

Harrison does claim that the writer of the piece, Paul Solotaroff, twisted many of his words around, in particular the negative words regarding some of his teammates.

There was one thing Harrison said in the story that I love.

“We were the best team in football in 2004, but the Patriots, who we beat during the regular season, stole our signals and picked up 90 percent of our blitzes [in the AFC title game]. They got busted for it later, but, hey, they’re Goodell’s boys, so he slapped ‘em $500,000 and burned the tapes. Was he going to rescind their Super Bowls? Man, hell no!”

His comments are sure to cause a media firestorm, but I’m willing to bet the media doesn’t bring up the quote above. If you look hard enough, there is some truth to some of Harrison’s comments.

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