James Harrison calls Vilma vs. Goodell a “Win-Win”

  • Justin "Arby" Arbogast

If you don’t know by now that Steelers LB James Harrison hates dislikes NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, you probably haven’t paid much attention to the last few years of punishment in the league. Harrison said at one point “If that man was on fire and I had to piss to put him out, I wouldn’t do it” He later retracted the statements and said he used a poor word-choice, but nonetheless, Harrison isn’t a fan of Goodell one bit. 

He opened up in an interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and had some interesting things to say about the recent Defamation of Character lawsuit against Roger Goodell filed by Saints LB Jonathan Vilma. “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 feels he has been picked on by the Commisioner over the last few years, which leads him to believe he has too much power in terms of discipline. When the NFLPA and NFL Teams (Minus the Steelers) agreed on the new ten-year CBA which gives Goodell total control of misconduct, Harrison said “I would hope so.” when asked if the players regret giving Goodell the power he has.

We’ll see how the Vilma vs. Goodell lawsuit plays out, but we now know that Harrison is a supporter of the decision.


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