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Paging Forrest Gump!
July 13, 2011 - Mike Mathison
I'm all for freedom of speech, but there are consequences to what's said.
Meet Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison.
He's at it again.
From the Associated Press:
Heavily fined Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison calls NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a "crook" and a "devil," among other insults, in a magazine article. The 2008 AP Defensive Player of the Year hasn't been shy about ripping the league after he was docked $100,000 for illegal hits last season. In the August issue of Men's Journal, his rants against Goodell reach another level of wrath. "If that man was on fire and I had to (urinate) 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." If the Steelers had defeated the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl, Harrison said, he would have whispered in Goodell's ear during the trophy ceremony: "Why don't you quit and do something else, like start your own league in flag football?" 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 questions whether a black player is punished more for a hard hit on a white player than the opposite.
It goes on, but let's see what the family-friendly Steelers organization will do with this.
If he still in uniform come time to play, I guess the Steelers' brass will speak by saying it's OK to say whatever you want.
This cannot and should not be acceptable.
Time to get rid of him.
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