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Take a seat, James Harrison

Posted on: July 13, 2011 9:35 am
So how hard does Roger Goodell hit James Harrison?

It has to be hard, right? In other leagues, players -- star players -- utter gay-bashing slurs and are fined large sums of money. Harrison just uttered one ... and according to this account of a story in Men's Journal, he uttered it about Roger Goodell.

So I'm thinking $250,000 and a game suspension. Maybe more, given that Harrison has been a thorn in the league's side for years -- handing out concussions as if they were lollipops, attacking players in the head in an era when that is strictly forbidden. This is an accumulation of offenses, of various varieties, and Harrison isn't getting the message.

Whatever Goodell does to Harrison, I'll support it.

And I'm thinking Ben Roethlisberger might enjoy it, too. Don't tell me you missed what Harrison told Men's Journal about his quarterback's play in the Super Bowl loss to Green Bay:

"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."


Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2011 10:04 am

Take a seat, James Harrison

WHAT?  So what you're actually saying then is since there is no NFL right now and no CBA the owners or league can fire whoever they want? That means any NFL player that has under achieved lately with too much guaranteed money left in his deal could get fired without any compensation going there way, right?? Because if there is no NFL there are no player contracts either.... 

actually the NFL can fire anyone they want at any time. There is no such thing as "guaranteed money" in NFL contracts only thing teams absolutely are on the hook for are signing bonuses. Any player can be termenated at any time, unless they are on injured reserve.

Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: July 14, 2011 9:58 am

I knew I could make you flinch.

Don't get offended Mr. "moron". As much as you name-call on these boards, don't get your feelings hurt. I KNEW i could make you walk in the shoes of those you respond to with insults. Have a nice day!Cool

The cancer comment is no more offensive the walking around calling people retards-how do you think others like that coming from your mouth?

Take your medicine.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 14, 2011 9:48 am

Take a seat, James Harrison

"The U.S consitution doesn't allow anybody to say anything they want to anybody they feel like saying anything to without consequences... it doesn't work that way son"

Really, then what in the world are YOU doing in your post? So, you're telling me that if the guy you're insulting ran into you somewhere and decided to beat the living isht out of you for running your mouth-he should be able to do it without consequences, right?

The consequences can't be getting beat up because beating somebody up is against the law.  Suspending or fining an employee is not against the law and is something Harrison's union agreed to a long time ago.  You make no sense.

If I could wish cancer on someone-you would be in chemotherapy.

You punk.

This tells us everything we need to know about you as a person.  Normally you never completely get to know anybody on these boards, it's near impossible to do on a personal level.  But everybody reading this knows you now... it's like you're an open book, we know everything about you.  We know you are a terrible person.. a scumbag.   We know you are going nowhere in life because a decent human being can't get mad enough to wish cancer on anybody....  but we know you though.. you're a thug.... a heartless little punk that wishes death on people he doesn't agree with.

Shame on you.... and if God has the control he won't let you have kids in life.  People like you are a disgrace and danger to society.  We can't let you pass on your moronic thinking to children 

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2011 7:34 am

Take a seat, James Harrison

Players are not getting paid or health insurance benefits.  Any court will find that they are not employees during this period. 

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2011 7:27 am

Not an NFL Employee!!

Can't fine someone for what he says or does when he is not even an employee.  NFL is going to have lawsuits on their hands if they try to punish anyone that had DUI's, or other arrest.  NFL is not paying these players, talking to them or providing health insurance. So there is no way they can hold them accountable for anything that goes against NFL rules.

Since: May 19, 2011
Posted on: July 14, 2011 7:00 am

Take a seat, James Harrison

Harrisson is a typical me, me, me athlete. The world revolves around him and his wishes. Like most NFL players he believes the players should make the rules and only they understand what is going on. All goodell is really asking him to do is quit tackleling using his helmet as a weapon. This is already a rule. It's spearing. That and headhunting are not good agressive football, They are cheap shots designed to injure.
I have no problem with shortening the season to 14 games as he suggests just as long as the players are all willing to take the equivilent 13 per cent pay cuts. Less games equals less money. Oh, what's that James, Goodell isn't touching your money !! That's what I thought.

Players keep saying over and over "We ARE the game."  Again WRONG ! The fans are the game, without fans to pay your out of control salaries you would be flipping burgers during the week and playing semi-pro ball on the weekends fo $100.00 a game. Get a grip on reality, James. The world doesn't revolve around you and your football related problems. You get paid a lot more money in one year than most people will make in their lifetime for playing a freaking game ! Tell your problems to the millions of people out of work, living below the povert level, losing their homes to foreclosure, losing their own lives or those of family and friends during all the floods, earthquakes, tornadoes and such rocking our planet. See how much they care.

I guess what i'm saying is shut up. Get a grip on yourself. You have a pretty good life as a pampered athlete. Grow up and accept that you are not perfect and your problems are YOUR problems. Deal with them like a man instead of a whiny, why me, baby !!

Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2011 6:11 am

Take a seat, James Harrison

I actually agree with Redwings.  He could have gone about it with a little less anger, but he made a good point.  Harrison is not going to go to jail for what he said and I think he was not sensored in this article at all.  There is limited freedom of speech, but that does not mean he has full freedom to say anything he wants without penalty.  Goodell is his boss and NFL players are held to a standard for what they say in public because anything they do reflects on the NFL as a whole good or bad. 

How many of you have looked at the 4 or 5 NFL players who have gotten arrested this off season, out of 1,696, and thought the NFL is looking like a bunch of thugs?  Do that math, that is much less than 1 percent of the population.  About 3% of the rest of the US is in jail every year.  We still look at the whole even though it is just a select few who seem to have trouble staying out of hand cuffs.  ie. Adam Jones and Kenny Britt.  If you can only count the number of players who are getting aressted on one hand than they are still well under the average and a few are spoiling the bunch. 

Harrison should be penalized for his actions or words in this case.  He works under a code of conduct as a public representative of the NFL.  His statments could change the public percenption of the NFL.  They probably won't since Harrison has already created the reputation he displayed in this article, but he should be penalized the same as any other player for actions like this. 

This is not an issue of freedom of speech.  The constitution should not and would not be involved in this case.  This is an issue of an employee making stupid remarks and being a public reprentative of the organization it reflects on the organization on the whole.  This is Gilbert Godfrey and Aflac not Harrison speaking out against his government and should not be treated as such.  He should be penalized as an employee making a stupid public move.

Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: July 14, 2011 3:06 am

Redwings, you have alot of nerve...hypocrite

" Your entire above post is so ridiculous it borders on retarded.  First of all, all the U.S constitution protects Harrison and morons like yourself from is basically jail or harassment by..."

Wait, let me get this straight Redwings-You, using the words YOU used in your post have the nerve to criticize someone else for defending Harrison's right to speak his mind?

Read your own insult-filled post to yourself,  you are the last one in the Milky Way Galaxy that should be running his "retarded,moron" mouth about what someone else is saying.
Then you wrote this gem....

"The U.S consitution doesn't allow anybody to say anything they want to anybody they feel like saying anything to without consequences... it doesn't work that way son"

Really, then what in the world are YOU doing in your post? So, you're telling me that if the guy you're insulting ran into you somewhere and decided to beat the living isht out of you for running your mouth-he should be able to do it without consequences, right?
Entertainers and the entertainment business is wholly different than other businesses-all businesses aren't created equal. So your super-conservative, communistic type thinking about free speech doesn't apply the same as it would as say, a doctor's offices. These are men who dress in colorful uniforms, running around hitting each other because of an oblong ball. So spare everyone the Republican, right wing talking points-communist.

You must be an expatriate from the old Soviet Union, commie. Yet, you have no problem throwing insults at others, you're full of isht.

If I could wish cancer on someone-you would be in chemotherapy.

You punk.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2011 1:21 am

Take a seat, James Harrison

You are very wrong. The NFL exists.  It is the NFLPA that does not exist.  The players suit was arguing they could all still play under their contracts even with no union and the teams could not lock them out.  Either way Harrison put his foot in his mouth and sounds more like an idiot than before.  I agree he is somewhat of a target but he also defines the headshots the league has said they will be watching for.  Take your medicine like a man.  There are rules...if you break them understand thew consequences.  Don't expect special treatment because you are a very good player.  Be leader...lead.  Do it right or do it wrong but stand by the clearly stated consequences.

I respect Harrison as a football player but he really should not talk to the press his agent should be weeping in the fetal position by now.  He sounds like what people expect athletes to sound like.  Overpaid Dumb-A$$e$.  Atta give your union brethren reason to be proud.  Hate the man all you want but

There is no CBA...the NFL is a business and locking employees out (or them being on strike) does NOT excuse them from any punishment their employer decides to impose if there are conduct policies that are broken.  Most contracts (football or otherwise) have some verbage suggesting that bad-mouthing the company is not a good idea.  In this country you actually can be fired for bad-mouthing your boss.  In any case they should fire you for being stupid if that is your way of constructively bringing about change.

Since: Aug 14, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2011 12:48 am

Take a seat, James Harrison

I love watching Harrison play football. Why do we care or report on what the man says? There are better sources out there for that. Keep doing what you do James. I'll pass on the commentary. Football soon please!

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