Harrison Criticizes Goodell…Again
James Harrison couldn’t resist adding his opinion on the lawsuit filed by Saint’s LB Jonathan Vilma against NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for defamation.
Vilma was suspended for the 2012 season in connection with the Bountygate scandal. Harrison thinks the lawsuit will be a win-win situation for the players.
“If (Vilma) loses, it shows Goodell does have too much power,” Harrison said following an offseason practice, “and if he wins, it opens up the floodgates.”
Harrison who has had his share of problems with Goodell for on the field hits, feels Goodell has too much power in disciplining players.
In hindsight, the Steelers were very prophetic when they were the only team to vote agains the new CBA which gave Goodell unilateral power over disciplining players. Harrison says he hopes the other players regretted voting in favor of the CBA.
Harrison was also very critical of the league’s hypocrital stance on safety, and requiring players to wear knee and thigh pads starting in 2013.
“I don’t know how many guys end their career on a thigh or a knee bruise,” Harrison said. “If they really want to do something, they should get rid of the high-low block. I thought that was illegal, but it isn’t (on running plays).
“If you ask me, I think it’s more dangerous in the run game. When it comes down to it, the (NFL) competition committee doesn’t feel that way. Of course, a few of those guys that are on that (committee), their teams practice doing that, so they wouldn’t feel that way.”
Source: Tribune Review