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NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

Posted on: December 16, 2011 10:54 am
Edited on: December 16, 2011 2:48 pm
 
By Will Brinson

The NFL denied Harrison's appeal of his one-game suspension(Getty Images)

Steelers linebacker James Harrison was suspended one game by the NFL this week. He also filed an expedited appeal, and the NFL announced on Friday that his appeal was denied, meaning Harrison will miss the Steelers game against San Francisco Monday.

James Harrison suspended

It's hardly a surprise that Harrison's suspension held up, although because of the way of the hit on Browns quarterback Colt McCoy unfolded (McCoy became a runner and then decided to pass at the last second), there was a possibility of the punishment being overturned.

"It is clear from the video that you squared up and led with the crown of your helmet when you contacted Colt McCoy," on-field appeals officer Ted Cottrell, who heard the appeal, said in a letter to Harrison. "This is precisely the technique that you must avoid using as a defender. I have determined that your actions were particularly egregious and warranted the discipline imposed by Ray Anderson."

The linebacker's history of violent and/or flagrant hits (the NFL says Harrison's been punished five times for illegal hits on a quarterback) contributed to his punishment and clearly the appeal as well.

 "I'm not surprised. You're appealing to the same people who put the suspension in place, so no, I'm not surprised at all," Steelers safety Ryan Clark said. "I don't care about the league's message anymore. It's about us as a football team playing the type of football that's going to help us win championships, despite who gets suspended, despite who gets fined.

"We're going to try to play within the rules. We're going to stop fighting this battle of talking to them. That's what this is about."

Harrison's hit on McCoy led to plenty of controversy -- not only with Harrison's suspension and Mike Tomlin telling Steelers players to keep quiet, either. McCoy was never checked for a concussion and re-entered the game.

Additionally, the NFL is reportedly set to start handing out lengthy suspensions for on-field violations.

"Like I said on Wednesday, my disappointment is for James," Clark said. "He's been trying really hard to comply with what's being asked of him. For him to be suspended for this situation, to us, is disheartening. To me, it was a between-the-whistle play. They're making an example out of him for it this year. I don't think it's right.

"We have to continue playing and just roll with the punches and try to win games without one of our best players."

Harrison's suspension was the first for an "illegal hit" and he could potentially miss multiple games if he doesn't change his approach to playing defense.

"Oh well. It is what it is," Harrison told Josina Anderson of ESPN. "That's the decision I was expecting anyways. I'll deal with it and move on."


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Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:34 pm
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

Lets see, the appeal is heard by a guy that reports to the same person that handed out the suspension in the first place!! Wow, nice job of setting up a kangaroo regime DICK-Tator Goodell. What's the point of an appeal if it can't be heard by a fair and impartial aribter? OK, so the 2008 Defensive Player of the YEAR, has suddenly turned dirty. puleeze. This is all about Rogder Goodeels unhealthy obsession and hatred of James Harrison than the hit. Bottom line is that Goodell sucks and has it out for Harrison ever since that magazine interview where Harrison called him the devil and said he wouldn't piss on him if he was on fire. If ass-kissing Goodell can't get over that, he should recuse himself from matters Harrison and Steeler related becuase he is obviously biased. 
An example of the bias is the incosistent treatment,  for example, Richard Seymour punches Ben Roethlisberger in the face last year, punches Richi Incognito this year, gets ejected 3 times in the last 3 seasons and no suspension of Seymour? DICK-Tator Goodeele brand of justice stikes again.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:31 pm
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

Was there ever any doubt of what the "appeal" decision was going to be?  It is a slap in the players face to even call it an appeal process because nobody is going to overturn GOD-del's decisions.  I think the NFL is treading on dangerous ground suspending players for tackles on the field.  Should he have been fined?  I guess by the definition of helmet to helmet contact, yes.  Should he have been suspended?  NO!  McCoy was outside the pocket, had the ball tucked UNDER his arm as a "RB", see's Harrison coming and at the last minute throws the ball away?!? So you suspend him for what could be a critical game determining if the Steelers get a first round bye and potential home field advantage throughout the playoffs (with a loss by the Ravens and a Texans loss at some point in the next few games and the Steelers winning out) or a wildcard spot and no home field games?  You have guys doing much worse things to "Tarnish the Shield" than playing football.  There is absolutely no consistency in the way GOD-del hands out his punishments, one player may get fined while another player gets nothing. Some players get flagged for roughing the passer and subsequently fines, others don't get flagged and therefore there is no fine.  Some QB's get preferential treatment by the refs (Brees, Brady, Manning) and roughing the passer is called more often leading to fines, which evidentely will lead to suspensions per this decision, while other QB's can get mugged and there is no call (Roethlisberger, Rodgers, well everyone not names Brees, Brady or Manning) which means there will be no fines which means they get a pass and aren't on the suspension list.  It is getting ridiculous and I hope GOD-del's "decisions" don't end up costing a team, any team, a chance at a Super Bowl.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:30 pm
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

It amazes me, the league promotes Michael Vick, OchoCinco, Ray Lewis, and numerous other scumbags. A Packer LB spends a weekend in jail and is playing, Sam Hurd - is still eligibnle to play this weekend, and Rex Ryan can say anything and gets treated liek a rock star. But, a Steeler LB hits a QB 100% legally - we all know it was legal - McCoy threw the ball .48 seconds before being hit while  out of the pocket and didn't try to avoid 92, and he get shit with a game. Drugs, beating women, punching other players, cussing like a college kid, cheating, - is fine with Roger the Moron. I was at a  game where street vendors are selling shirts with cuss words on them, right outside an NFL stadium where kids can read them clearly, and nothing is done. But this is allowed? Where is the NAACP? Vick gets hit all the time and his "hitters" are not suspeneded! This is a joke. And keep in mind this might impact playoffs in both conferences. Goodell has to resign or be fired soon. NFL owners... your commissioner is ruining this game. Do you care?



Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:30 pm
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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:28 pm
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

@IBMREF - Are you joking? The guy did an ad for a mag and he is now a thug? Was Ronnie Lott a thug? You are a joke!!!!!! Tough guy on the keyboard. I bet you would keep your mouth shut if James was in front of you but here you are free to call him a thug. You are a winner!!!!


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Since: Dec 16, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:28 pm
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Since: Aug 8, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:16 pm
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

Oh Please....The guy is a crminal wearing a football uniform.  Remember the pic he took for the Gun Magazine???  He is a thug...The league NEEDS QB's to generate the ratings...without them we have the Wildcat and Tebow on every down.  More of a gimmick than an offense, at least professionally.

Harrison has a history of this....He ain't gonna change...I hope he hurts his team! 



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:05 pm
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

Maybe he should have just punched McCoy in the throat and only get get a 30K..... oh wait a minute he would have still been suspended since he dosen't have a patroit uniform on, the NFL spends all day on the knees in New England. maybe these QB's are afraid to get hit, they shoild put on a dress!!!!



Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:00 pm
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

Harrison is still in denial. So is Suh. Just how stupid do you have to be to watch these hits and then go on national TV or radio and say that there is nothing wrong with what you did? Hey Harrison, STOP LEADING WITH YOUR HELMET! Just what is so hard about this? Nobody teaches that way to hit. Not H.S., not College, and certainly not the NFL. I love his responce also, "I'll just deal with it"? Believe me when I say that Pittsburg will get rid of you if it happens again. Because they won't want a player who is one helmet hit away from a half year suspension. If you can't make a football decision to stop leading with your helmet, then make a business decision to stop. Otherwise your great career going to go down in flames.



Since: Dec 16, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:57 am
 

NFL denies James Harrison's suspension appeal

Gary16506 The refs on field call included the phrase..."helmet to helmet"....although it was hard to hear over the crowd moaning over the penalty. So all of your comments using your misguided (not HTH) are totally unfounded. Get over it. Concern for Pig Pen should be your focus now.


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