I've always been a proponent of speaking one’s mind, but this is going way overboard:
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 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.”
I agree that the fines on Harrison last year were questionable and the amount of money he had to pay was excessive, but there certainly are better ways to go about expressing how you feel.
I have no idea what he was thinking, if anything at all, when he decided to speak the words he did about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. But it's inappropriate, irresponsible, low class, disrespectful and, most important, a horrible example to the people who look up to him.
As a former defensive MVP, Harrison’s conduct and his words should be more calculated and meaningful.
I'm a former NFL linebacker and have always had strong opinions, but these quotes from James Harrison make me cringe and embarrass me to the point that I don't even want to be associated with guys like him.
Never would I insist that a person not feel the way they feel, but there's a time and a place for everything and in this debacle of an interview, it was neither the time or place for those strong words.
Sorry, James, I'm not with you on this one.