by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
After being docked a whopping $100,000 for illegal hits, James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers is unleashing his wrath on NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. In a recent interview for the August issue of Men’s Journal, this linebacker and 2008 AP Defensive Player of the Year so admirably refers to Goodell in the following reverent terms: crook, devil, stupid, puppet, and dictator. However, Harriosn does not stop there. He told the magazine, “If that man was on fire and I had to piss to put him out, I wouldn’t do it. I hate him and will never respect him.” Harrison also said that if Pittsburgh had beaten Green Bay at the Super Bowl he would have told Goodell during the trophy ceremony, “Why don’t you quit and do something else, like start your own league in flag football?”
Harrison was also vocal about other issues in the NFL like safety precautions. The Associated Press reports that “Harrison questions whether a black player is punished more for a hard hit on a white player than the opposite.” The Associated Press proceeds to share:
“Beyond the insults, Harrison makes some serious points about what he believes are the league’s misguided attempts to increase safety. He explains how non-guaranteed contracts make players more likely to hit high, because in the short term, a torn knee ligament is more costly than a concussion.
And Harrison suggests the real way to prevent head injuries is to shorten the season to 14 games, start offseason workouts later and trim the length of training camp so ‘we’re not bangin’ heads so much in August; that’s where the brain trauma comes from.’”
There is not too much one can say about safety when it comes to a literally heavy-hitting contact sport like football. Health risk is involved no matter what. Hopefully the remainder of Harrison’s interview to appear in next month’s issue of Men’s Journal will provide more indepth insight concerning not only his stance on fooball safety but also about his disdain for Goodell and other members of the NFL community.
Ayvaunn Penn is a spoken word artist and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. For more of her witty-word works click here. To have your original poetry featured by Ms. Penn on Your Black Poets, click here.