You know the old saying, if you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything at all. Well, there are many times that this should be the number 1 mantra athletes should follow, though few don't. The latest case of a 'star' play making himself look like an idiot comes from Mens Journal, who recently interviewed the very candid and heavily fined James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In this interview, Harrison lets loose on many topics ranging from Commissioner Goodell to his feelings on teammates and he doesn't hold anything back.
He calls teammate Rashard Mendenhall a “fumble Machine” and really rips into franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for his performance in this past SuperBowl.
"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," he said. Roethlisberger threw two interceptions in the loss.
Harrison saves his harshest criticism for the man he despises most, Commissioner Roger Goodell. Goodell, who Harrison refers to as a "crook" and a "devil," among other insults, has gotten on the bad side of Harrison for the fines and rule changes that have been done in recent seasons.
"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 implied that the reason he personally had been fines so much was because of both his race and the race of the person he hit.
"I slammed Vince Young on his head and paid five grand, but just touched Drew Brees and that was 20," Harrison said. "You think black players don't see this s— and lose all respect for Goodell?"
Harrison did have one nice thing to say in this interview as he praised teammate Troy Polamalu for his honesty and living up to his image.
"He's the one guy in football I respect absolutely, 'cause he's spiritual and lives it like he talks it. You know, he gets more flags than anyone on our team but never gets fined for nothin'. He's so polite and talks so softly that he could tell he could tell Goodell to kiss his a–, and Goodell would smile and say thank you," he told the magazine.
The Steelers have released a statement concerning the growing uproar over these comments. Steelers president Art Rooney II said he hasn't read the article or spoken to Harrison. "We will discuss the situation at the appropriate time, when permitted once the labor situation is resolved," he said.
I sense some harsh private talks coming.
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