James Harrison, the Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker, once said of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell “I hate him and will never respect him,” but that does not mean that he thinks Goodell and the NFL will lose the DeflateGate case against Tom Brady.

For Harrison, who has been fined $150,000 over the years by Goodell and called him a “devil” and a “dictator” in a 2011 article, the core of the federal-court case is an agreement between the NFL and NFL Players Association.

“I don’t see what a federal judge can do with something the players signed in the collective bargaining agreement, which gives Roger Goodell [power] to do what he wants to,” Harrison said (via TribLive.com). “And if that’s the case and he’s going by the letter of what he says, there’s nothing [a judge] can do.”

Manhattan Judge Richard Berman is expected to issue his ruling this week, with Brady’s four-game suspension due to start Saturday. Harrison’s Steelers play the New England Patriots in the season opener Sept. 10. Harrison reminded reporters that he voted against the CBA during the 2011 work stoppage.

Harrison made headlines recently for saying he wouldn’t allow his children to accept trophies merely for participating in sports and, a year ago, he fired off tweets at Goodell when he was being criticized for his handling of the Ray Rice incident and the league’s domestic violence issues.

If there were any lingering doubts (and there aren’t) about how Harrison feels about Goodell, he told Men’s Journal in that 2011 story: “If [Goodell] was on fire and I had to [pee] to put him out, I wouldn’t do it,” he said. “I hate him and will never respect him.”