Pittsburgh LB James Harrison was fined over $100,000 for illegal hits in 2010. As a result, the four-time Pro Bowlers and 2008 AP Defensive Player of the Year is not a fan of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, The Associated Press reports.
In an interview for the August issue of Men’s Journal magazine, Harrison has harsh words for Goodell, who he referred to with an anti-gay slur, “stupid”, “puppet”, and “dictator”.
“If that man was on fire and I had to piss to put him out, I wouldn’t do it,” Harrison said of Goodell. “I hate him and will never respect him.”
Harrison called Rodney Harrison and Tedy Bruschi “clowns”, says that Texans linebacker Brian Cushing is “juiced out of his mind”, and also criticized the performances of teammates Ben Roethlisberger and Rashard Mendenhall in the Steelers’ Super Bowl XLV loss to the Green Bay Packers.
The Steelers are scheduled to visit the Texans on October 2nd.
Harrison also said that if the league is serious about increasing player safety, they would reduce the regular season to 14 games and shorten the offseason programs and training camp so “we’re not bangin’ heads so much in August; that’s where the brain trauma comes from.”