Debo from Friday (Editor’s note: actual nickname from his teammates) Steelers linebacker James Harrison has a penchant for helmet shots, as well as a desire to speak his mind, regardless of the potential backlash. It is precisely his fearlessness that propelled him to be the 2008 AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year, as well as the guy who surrendered $100,000 last season to the Shield for devastating shots on Browns receivers Mohammed Massaquoi and Josh Cribbs.
So why should we be surprised at what he said in a new interview released by Men’s Journal (not a gay magazine btw):
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.”
His other descriptions of the commissioner include an anti-gay slur, “stupid,” “puppet” and “dictator.”
Sad face for James Harrison. Somebody needs an ice cream cone…or a hug.
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 calls the running back a “fumble machine” for his fourth-quarter turnover. Mendenhall said on Twitter on Wednesday he didn’t have a problem with what Harrison said “because I know him.” But he also included a link to his stats from last season, which show he didn’t have a pattern of fumbling.
I hate the Steelers as much as any god-fearing Cleveland Browns fan, but the numbers, and facts, don’t support Harrison. Roethlisberger may be a douche, but he delivered a perfect strike in the right endzone to Santonio Holmes to secure a victory in Super Bowl XLIII. The Steelers defense completely shit the bed against Green Bay, and Mendenhall did cough up the rock, but he still had a better game in Super Bowl XLV then Harrison did. But I’m not going to tell him any of that.