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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

James Harrison does it again

Another day, another James Harrison headliner.

Pittsburgh's 33-year old outside linebacker has spouted off once again. This time not only did he continue his bagging of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, but he also called out two of his Steeler teammates—quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and running back Rashard Mendenhall.

In an interview with Men's Journal, the eight-year pro took numerous shots at Goodell, saying:

“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—until 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 had to piss to put him out, I wouldn’t do it. I hate him and will never respect him.”

Roethlisberger:

“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.”

...And even referred to Mendenhall as a "fumble machine."
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Now I know I really don't have much say in the matter, but if I was running the organization I would put Harrison on the trade block as soon as possible. It wouldn't really surprise me if the Rooney's did once the lockout is lifted.

Harrison will only be able to produce so many more solid seasons anyways (he's 33 already), and at this point, despite his bad rep, there are plenty of teams that would be willing to pay the right price. Why not take this opportunity to dispose of Harrison and add youth to this aging defense?

Harrison has continued to dig himself a deeper hole with both the league and the fans, as well as fellow players I'm sure. For a guy who has had just four superb seasons in the league, I really don't think he has earned the right to call out Roethlisberger—especially considering the two are teammates. And why didn't he just say this to Ben's face?

Yet another fine and possible suspension will surely be coming his way once Goodell rids the league of the lockout and agrees to a new deal with the players.

(Note: you can read the full article and interview here).

Photo credit: ngngsports.com

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