With the James Harrison comments in Men’s Journal continuing to reverberate around the Internet, so far today we’ve heard from the man who interviewed him and former teammate Jerome Bettis.
The former defended him and basically said Harrison could trample all over him if it made others feel better about Harrison’s comments, and the latter simply said he was disappointed.
So, why not ask a current teammate about Harrison and what he’s like? That’s what TSN Radio in Toronto did today when the station talked to Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons. Here’s part of the transcript, via sportsradiointerviews.com.
On what Harrison is like as a person and a teammate:
“James Harrison is a big part of my growth. I had a tough rookie year, and during the summer I worked out with him the whole time. And he basically just taught me how to work and how to be an athlete in this business. He was just substantial to my career and I look up to the guy and admire him. I have just nothing but the best things to say about him.”
If he thinks that Harrison might have been baited into his comments or if something perhaps prompted him to say what he did:
“Yeah, I’m sure it was something. But James is a guy that’s misunderstood. A lot of people think he’s a bad person, but he just sometimes says some things that he shouldn’t. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t feel this way, he probably just got kind of mixed up with his words. But he’s a great guy.”
If Harrison is actually the tough, scary guy that his image projects:
“No he’s not. He’s a great father, he does a lot in our community, he’s a Pittsburgh Steeler, we accept him, and I have nothing but the best things to say about him.”
Hell, maybe Timmons is right: maybe Harrison IS misunderstood and that he DOES mix up his words. If that’s the case, maybe he should just stop talking about other people. You know, because he’s misunderstood. And he mixes up his words.
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