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What else did Harrison tell magazine reporter?

Posted on: July 14, 2011 11:14 am
Edited on: July 14, 2011 9:55 pm
HarrisonPosted by Josh Katzowitz

In an interesting admission today, the writer of the controversial James Harrison piece for Men’s Journal magazine told Harrison to do whatever he needs to do in order to make peace with his quarterback.

“We talked about 11 o’clock yesterday morning,” Paul Solotaroff told ESPN radio, via Pro Football Talk. “Look, James is the guy who’s got to live with Ben for the next three years.... So as I told James, ‘Listen, whatever you’ve got to say to mend fences is perfectly fine with me.’”

That’s why Harrison told Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger that Solotaroff twisted his words in the story.

But it also sounds like Solotaroff didn’t use all the quotes he could have, and apparently, Harrison got really nasty in the interview (it, of course, would be a surprise if Harrison wasn't nasty)

Harrison's Big Day
“I filled up three notebooks, I don’t know how many hours of digital tape, and I cut so much stuff from this piece,” Solotaroff said. “There is just acres of stuff James said that’s compelling and amusing and riveting. And that wasn’t the only thing he said about Ben.”

In addition to bashing Roethlisberger and RB Rashard Mendenhall in the piece that ran -- he also said some not-so-nice things about commissioner Roger Goodell -- Solotaroff left on the cutting room floor the quote in which Harrison called Cleveland’s Colt McCoy “an idiot kid quarterback.”

But you know what’s also kind of weird about this interview? Solotaroff seems like a HUGE fan of Harrison.

“I was furious at the way James got done by Goodell last year,” Solotaroff said. “I thought making him the poster boy for this abrupt and arbitrary rule change . . . was about the most wrongheaded thing you could do, particularly since Goodell seemed bent on singling James out.”

That’s fine for Solotaroff to feel that way. But now it sounds like Solotaroff is protecting Harrison from getting into even more trouble, simply because he likes Harrison so much.

And when you basically admit to that in a radio interview, your credibility as an objective reporter will get called into question. As it should be.

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Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2011 5:23 pm

What else did Harrison tell magazine reporter?

There is nothing about this that is a black/white thing. Anyone on either side of that who sees it that way is displaying their own ignorance. James Harrison is an incredible athlete with freakish skills and instincts. I love to watch players of that caliber. Yes, he hits hard. I believe that you are supposed to. I don't understand the microscope on this man's hits when on any given weekend in the NFL you could show 50 different hits in triple slow motion and question the intent of the agressor. Because it's in slow motion!! At the end of the day, does he play any differently or less aggressively than Ronnie Lott? Than Jack Lambert? Than Dick Butkus? Than Patrick Willis? But all of these were/are great players that were/are appreciated at the highest level for their ability to hit hard. I think James Harrison spoke the candid truth according to him. What did he say that was wrong? I don't think Ben is a Peyton Manning. He does throw too many picks deep in his own end. Roger Goodell did pick him out as the poster child. I understand why he doesn't respect the Commish. And I suppose I can understand why he would say things about Colt McCoy. He is Cleveland's Quarterback. It makes sense. I think there is reason to believe that Brian Cushing is still using PED's. You know, we often don't like to hear blatantly honest remarks that go against the grain of the popular belief. We resist it. But sometimes we need to hear it and pay attention. Sometimes the things that are said By an "idiot" that we don't want to hear starts us asking questions and analyzing, until we find a lot of truth. Remember Jose Canseco??

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: July 14, 2011 4:54 pm

What else did Harrison tell magazine reporter?

There's no misremembering on this one.  Harrison proved himself once more as simply a ghetto-bred, can't stand conformity, hate-all, low-life.  There are twisted words and things taken out of context.  Where's a sniper when you need one? 

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: July 14, 2011 4:39 pm

What else did Harrison tell magazine reporter?

I think it becomes more and more clear everyday that Harrison is one of the most classless players in the league.

Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2011 4:03 pm

What else did Harrison tell magazine reporter?

The photo of James Harrison holding the guns is meant to emulate the dvd cover of the movie HIT MAN. It's not to show him as a thug. It's called a metaphor. Get it! HIT MAN? I can't believe how many idiots we have in this world. GROW UP!

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: July 14, 2011 3:59 pm

What else did Harrison tell magazine reporter?

Harrison is a cancer, plain & simple.
He criticizes teammates unjustly & unfairly not to mention he's going against locker room code as well.
Then he wants to run his mouth about the Commissioner and yes in this country we have freedom of speech and I wouldn't want to infringe upon that freedom for Mr. Harrison, however you must THINK before you speak and how it will impact not just you but your TEAM as well!
If he's the team guy he purports to be then he would put aside the petty grievances he has with the commissioner so as not to bring poor publicity onto his team.
He is selfish, immature and showing why he was both undrafted coming out of Kent State and why it took so many years for a team to trust him, because he has SERIOUS character flaws.
It's one thing to trash talk about another player like Shannon Sharpe famously did about Ray Buchannan, it's another to speak with such venom about the executive of the league, it's just not done or at the very least it's not advisable to do.
I am sure that once the owners are able to speak with the players Mr. Harrison will be sitting down not just with Mike Tomlin but Mr. Rooney as well and yuo can bet that he will have a meeting with the commissioner too and while you can't suspend the man for what he's said you have brought even more of a spotlight onto yourself and ANY infraction you commit this season will be dealt with swiftly and severely and when the hammer does come down on him he will have no one to blame but himself but he will find some way to not take responsibility for his actions and blame someone else like the commissioner, officials etc.
I will also say that I could see the Steelers trading him once the lockout is completed, send him to Oakland, he's definitely Al Davis's type of player, get a draft pick or 2 in compensation for him like the Patriots did with Richard Seymour eventhough Harrison is nowhere near the caliber of player Seymour is i'm sure Al would part with something for him.

Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2011 3:58 pm

What else did Harrison tell magazine reporter?

Your such a terd its not even funny

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2011 3:39 pm

What else did Harrison tell magazine reporter?

i think the gun in his left hand is a gloc

Since: Mar 13, 2010
Posted on: July 14, 2011 3:18 pm

James, get help!

This whole issue is beyond sinply criticizing his teammates. Like I said yesterday, I think Harrison is in serious need of psychiatric help. The writer of the article didn't do Harrison any help by cutting his most egregious comments. Those are the ones that should be exposed, so the world can reach out to this troubled individual and get him the help he so desperately needs.

Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2011 3:05 pm
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Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: July 14, 2011 3:04 pm

What else did Harrison tell magazine reporter?

Thank god I don't have friends like this guy.  To me it looked like Solotaroff tried to ruin Harrison.  When you like someone and they say something stupid, you don't turn around and broadcast that to the world.  You pick and choose to make that person look good.

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