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Harrison's agent: 'A lot of it is bravado'

Posted on: July 14, 2011 9:33 pm
Edited on: July 14, 2011 9:58 pm
Posted by Ryan Wilson

On Wednesday, we learned not only how James Harrison feels about Roger Goodell but also his thoughts on teammates Ben Roethlisberger and Rashard Mendenhall. None of the remarks were laudatory.

While this would have been a news story no matter the time of year, that we're four months into a lockout guaranteed it would be the lead news story for several news cycle.

So here we are some 36 hours after the initial story broke … still talking about Harrison. Except now, it's less about what he said and more about how those around him can help stuff the genie back into the bottle. (Frankly, it might be easier to just build a time machine.)

Harrison said that his comments on Roethlisberger were taken out of context (and Thursday night he released a statement apologizing for, well, everything), teammate Lawrence Timmons came to his defense, and even the author of the Men's Journal piece that started it all tried to provide Harrison some cover.

It was only a matter of time, but Harrison's agent, Bill Parise, has weighed in as well. And to hear him tell it (via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), "A lot of [what Harrison said is] bravado."

Parise continued: "I think people have to be careful not to read that and think those statements are anything more than expressions of feelings, particularly in regard to the commissioner. The commissioner fined James $100,000 last year. What do you want him to say, he's my best friend? James is a tough individual, and that's the type of language he uses."

Wisely, Parise didn't make Harrison available to the Post-Gazette. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told the paper: "We are not commenting on any aspect of the story."

Harrison's Big Day

Not until the lockout ends, anyway.'s Gregg Doyel thinks the commissioner (who Harrison referred to as a clown and the devil) should suspend the Steelers linebacker for a game and fine him $250,000.

"I don't think we should get caught up in his cultural language," Parise said. "I think people will read that for what it is and move on. I don't think anyone truly believes James thinks the commissioner is the devil."

Neither Roethlisberger nor Mendenhall said they were concerned about Harrison's criticism of them, and Steelers President Art Rooney II didn't provide much in the way of details in a statement issued Wednesday. "I have not yet seen the article in Men's Journal nor have I spoken to James Harrison about his comments," he said. "We will discuss the situation at the appropriate time, when permitted, once the labor situation is resolved."

The sooner the lockout ends the better for the Steelers, an outfit that can't seem to steer clear of trouble in recent offseasons. If anybody in the organization is glad to see Harrison hogging the spotlight, it's probably Hines Ward, who was arrested for DUI in Georgia last weekend.

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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 15, 2011 10:58 pm

Harrison's agent: 'A lot of it is bravado'

I'm tired of this country being a bunch of cry babies and everyone having to apologize after everything they say because someone's feelings may or may not get hurt, get over it.

Really? Then get off your butt the next time your boss does something wrong tell him in front of everybody you work for that he's a fu***** puke !!  Tell him in front of all the people you work with that if he was laying there dead you woudn't save his life for anything.  Tell him he's a qu***..... right in front of people.   It's just your opinion right?  It shouldn't bother your boss at al... I'm sure he'll be fine and you'll keep your job.  And then when your done, slam on that gas all the way home right by a cop with his radar detector on.  When he pulls you over be sure to tell him you'll pay your ticket but you think cops are fa***ts and losers.  Tell him he can't do anything about it either because one, you have freedom of speech and two, as a cop he should have some thick skin.  

Do those things and then get back to me and let me know how it all works out.... but no way right?  You'll hide behind professional athletes with your beliefs because it entertains you.  You cheer them on but don't believe a word of what you even say.... but thank God for you you're all talk and no action because the only people in the real world that state "their opinion" like this degenerate Harrison does are single and on welfare or in jail..... hopefully you're not in either of those categories. 

Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: July 15, 2011 1:07 pm

Harrison's agent: 'A lot of it is bravado'

who cares? who cares what he says or what his opinions are? I'm tired of this country being a bunch of cry babies and everyone having to apologize after everything they say because someone's feelings may or may not get hurt, get over it.

Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: July 15, 2011 11:59 am

Harrison's agent: 'A lot of it is bravado'

Exactly hoge. If you don't want to get hit, don't play football. If you don't want to get hit when you're "defenseless", don't put yourself in a position where you are "defenseless".

His comments about Ben and Mendenhall were stupid, but he's not the first to blast Ben (Ward did it too) and they survived that. He shouldn't have said it and saying it was taken out of context is just trying to cover it up.

What he said about the commish, who cares? A lot of players and most fans hate Goodell too. All these people crying about it are just using it as an excuse to whine about the Steelers. The gay slur was wrong to say, but just about every professional athlete and most people who watch pro sports use that word all the time. Those slurs need to be taken out of common language, but Harrison wasn't the first and he won't be the last to say it. He especially shouldn't have said it to a writer though. Everything else was just saying how he doesn't like Goodell. No big deal. 

Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: July 15, 2011 10:23 am

Harrison's agent: 'A lot of it is bravado'

I like the comment that he is only known for hitting players that aren't looking. Right, either that or being Defensive Player of the Year a couple years ago. If he played back in the days on Jack Tatums, Dick Butkus, Jack Lambert he would be a hard nosed football player with a mean streak. Now because of rules to protect players who don't want to get hit he is a dirty player? Go back and watch films of the best linebackers in history or some hard hitting safeties and tell me they are up to today's rules. 

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: July 15, 2011 9:45 am

Harrison's agent: 'A lot of it is bravado'

Saying you wouldn't help the guy if he was on fire is not "cultural language".....if it is, it's a culture we need to get rid of. 

There is no way someone can say something that ridiculous about the commissioner and not be severely penalized.  Four games, 250k, and let him clean out the bathrooms in the league offices for a week so can see where the pee-pee belongs.

If you really think that little of the commissioner and if you don't think he's done a decent job providing you with a chance to make a living......try a different league.......

Since: May 23, 2011
Posted on: July 15, 2011 1:17 am

Harrison's agent: 'A lot of it is bravado'

This is not bravado. These are the incessant ramblings of an attention seeker, who has been locked out of his daytime job. Harrison should adhere to the poicy of "less is best". This is a football player who is best known for hard hits on players who aren't looking. What he should be called is an opportunist. First, defenseless players, now, a quote hungry magazine writer. James,do yourself a favor, be quiet and concentrate on football. You will be the better for it. You won't have to apologize for anything.

Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: July 14, 2011 11:09 pm

Harrison's agent: 'A lot of it is bravado'

Hey, its alot of bravado.  Well, suspend me for calling him a doofus

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: July 14, 2011 10:04 pm

Harrison's agent: 'A lot of it is bravado'

I don't like the Steelers but I respect the Rooneys in a big way.  I love how they handled the Big Ben situation and how they professionally blasted him in public.  I love how they have a team first attitude....  I would respect them even more if they cut Harrison lose.... get rid of this punk.. get him out of Pittsburgh..... he doesn't deserve to play for a great organization.

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