James Harrison is one outstanding football player. He’s also one colossal moron!
Last year he was hit with $100,000 in fines for helmet-to-helmet collisions. Now in his defense, I would argue that the $75,000 fine (video below) was a.) not a an illegal hit (a penalty was not called) and b.) if it was the penalty didn’t fit the crime.
So after being fined Harrison whined so much even LeBron James said, “Man that dude really whines a lot!”
He said the league had it in for the Steelers last year given the fines and suspensions levied by Commish Roger Goodell.
If anything the Steelers are a team with a long, long history of preferential treatment, favorable calls and good fortune including the reduction of Ben Roethlisberger’s suspension last year from six to four games.
Remember the Immaculate Reception?
How about that Dan Pastorini to Mike Renfro TD pass in the 1979 AFCC that was ruled incomplete, paving the way to their Super Bowl XIII win over Dallas, a game the Cowboys blew when Jackie Smith dropped a sure touchdown pass?
In Super Bowl XIV the Steelers played one of the weakest Super Bowl participants in league history in the form of the Los Angeles Rams, a team led by backup QB Vince Ferragamo who had a paltry passer rating of 49.0 during the season. The Rams scored only 14 points more than they gave up that season but still had the Steelers down 19-17 after the 3rd quarter.
Super Bowl XL had the Steelers facing the Seattle Seahawks, a game in which they were the beneficiaries of several game changing calls.
The Steelers faced another 9-7 team in Super Bowl XLIII – the Arizona Cardinals who scored just 1 more point than they allowed on the season and it took a miraculous drive in the games waning moments to pull out the victory.
Those Steelers if anything have a horseshoe firmly planted where the sun doesn’t shine.
In a recent interview in Men’s Journal that will hit newsstands on Friday, Harrison goes verbally postal on Roger Goodell.
"If that man was on fire and I had to piss to put him out, I wouldn’t do it," Harrison told the magazine. "I hate him and will never respect him."
He also labels the Commish a “crook” and a “puppet.”
Harrison is entitled to feel any way he wants and one could certainly make a case for Goodell being a puppet. But once again, he can’t control himself and he now opens himself and his team up to potentially further punishment and at the very least closer scrutiny.
Bill Parise, Harrison’s Pittsburgh-based agent, tried to spin it differently when the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reached out for an explanation.
"A lot of it is bravado," Parise said. "I think people have to be careful not to read that and think those statements are anything more than expressions of feelings, particularly in regard to the commissioner. The commissioner fined James $100,000 last year. What do you want him to say, he’s my best friend? James is a tough individual and that’s the type of language he uses."
Nice try Parise.
When the Post-Gazette asked to speak with Harrison his agent denied the request.
Who could blame him?
Every time he opens his pie hole Harrison’s foot goes deeper and deeper.
And if his words weren’t damaging enough, Harrison on the heels of Plaxico Burress’ release following his two year “vacation” in the pokey is pictured in the article holding an FN Five-Seven pistol and a Smith & Wesson 460V revolver.
Maybe all those helmet to helmet collisions are starting to affect Harrison.
What a moron!
Santonio Holmes, Ben Roethlisberger, Rashard Mendenhall, Hines Ward and now Harrison.
Maybe the Steelers aren’t so lucky any more after all.