Steelers’ James Harrison: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Is a ‘Crook’


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Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker and occasional child-thrower James Harrison says that not only is he willing to meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell over the All-Pro's alleged PED use as reported by Al Jazeera, he wants to invite more people to the get-together: everyone in the world.

Earlier this month, Goodell threatened to suspend Harrison and Green Bay Packers linebackers Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers if they didn't meet with the league over the allegations. Peyton Manning, the central figure of the report, met with Goodell shortly after and was exonerated of any wrongdoing.

The report's primary source, Charlie Sly, has since recanted his statements.

He also had a "slip" of the tongue, likening Goodell to a criminal in the process.

“If it goes to a conduct detrimental [situation] it goes to the hands of that crook, I mean Roger Goodell, [and] he can do whatever he wants,” Harrison said after a preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night, via Pro Football Talk. “That’s just the bargaining agreement that the players signed.”

The 14-year veteran said his only motivation for meeting with the commissioner is that his suspension would hurt the Steelers.

But, for the sake of ultimate transparency, he wants to televise it.

“Whatever evidence they think they have, or reason for questioning me, is out of my control,” Harrison said. “I really don’t know.

“I wouldn’t have a problem with it being filmed live. I’ve been prosecuted and persecuted, you know, publicly in the media by them for something I didn’t do. So I don’t see why we couldn’t have the media there and do a live interview. They can ask whatever questions they want and I can answer them.

“You all can see whatever evidence they say they got.”