James Harrison was one of three defensive players fined by the NFL yesterday for what the league deemed to be…dangerous. Apparently, football isn’t dangerous anymore, as long as players are making dangerous hits. Harrison was fined $75,000 for two hits against Cleveland Browns receivers Mohamed Massaquoi and Joshua Cribbs. Harrison’s reaction to the punishment was, shall we say, unique to pro football.
“I’m going to sit down and have a serious conversation with my coach (Mike Tomlin) tomorrow and see if I can actually play by NFL rules and still be effective,” said Harrison on Tuesday as a guest on Fox Sports Radio’s “Into The Night with Tony Bruno”, according to NFL.com. “If not, I may have to give up playing football.”
After a meeting with Tomlin on Wednesday morning, Harrison was cleared from practice and meetings for the day. –FanHouse.
It seems insane to me that the NFL would start pulling money out of players’ pockets for doing their jobs, and nobody captured that sentiment better than ESPN’s Mark Schlereth, whose five-star rant against the NFL’s hypocritical stance on big hits was solid gold. Who would have thought of a man named “Stink” would have been the voice of reason here?