After Steelers Linebacker James Harrison was informed that he would receive a $75,000 fine by the NFL for breaking a rule against helmet-to-helmet contact against defenseless receivers, it was reported that Harrison told Fox News Radio on Tuesday evening that he may retire.
Harrison’s hit on Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi on a passing route, rendered the receiver with a concussion.
Brian DiTullio, a featured columnist for the Bleacher Report, says that Harrison is a “dirty player” and that he believes Harrison wants to be a “bad man rather than play within the rules.” He went on to say that when Harrison talks to Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin today about remaining with the team, Tomlin should show Harrison the door and tell him “don’t let the door hit you in the butt on your way out.”
“Using the helmet as a cruise missile is something that has no part in the game anymore,” DiTullio said, finishing his report.
The Fox News Radio interview was with Tony Bruno on “Into The Night with Tony Bruno”.
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported that Mike Tomlin excused James Harrison from today’s practice after talking to the Pro Bowl linebacker.
Bill Parise, Harrison’s agent, said his client is “very serious” about retiring due to the $75,000 fine he received for his hit on Massaquoi. “We wouldn’t joke about this,” Parise said. “This is a very serious issue. James is very concerned about how to play football. If James is going to be fined $75,000 for making a legal tackle, then how do you go play football? It’s quite frustrating to James, to Coach Tomlin, to me, to everybody.”
Parise admitted that he and Harrison are “working very hard to make sure that we make good decisions.” Parise hoped Harrison would return to the Steelers this week, but wasn’t positive.
Harrison reportedly told guest host Judy McDonald, on Bruno’s radio show, that he was going to “sit down and have a serious conversation with my coach…and see if I can actually play by NFL rules and still be effective. If not, I may have to give up playing football.”
“I really truly hope it’s something that can be done,” said Harrison, a three-time Pro Bowl selection who was named The Associated Press’ defensive player of the year in 2008. “But the way that things were being explained to me today and the reasoning for it, I don’t feel I can continue to play and be effective and, like I say, not have to worry about injuring someone else or risking injury to myself.”
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