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James Harrison: All-Pro Jackass



Pro Bowl linebacker James Harrison's recent comments in an interview with Men's Journal are causing quite the stir.

Not many people have generated the same intense on field production in the NFL than Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison. A Super Bowl hero when the Steelers beat the Arizona Cardinals.

Harrison has also been known as a target of fines in recent seasons levied by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Mostly fined for his dangerous hits, Harrison has never been quiet in expressing his displeasure with the NFL’s course of action.

While no one person can truly deny the gifted talent Harrison is on the field many can question his statements and behavior off the field. More specifically his comments in a recent interview in the August interview of Men’s Journal where Harrison holds no punches in attacking Goodell, the NFL and even his Steelers teammates.

Harrison started his tirade targeting Roger Goodell:

“If that man was on fire and I had to piss to put him out, I wouldn’t do it,” Harrison told the magazine. “I hate him and will never respect him.”

His other descriptions of the commissioner include an anti-gay slur, “stupid,” “puppet” and “dictator.”

“I slammed Vince Young on his head and paid five grand, but just touchedDrew Brees and that was 20,” Harrison said. “You think black players don’t see this s— and lose all respect for Goodell?”

Harrison was fined over $100,000 last season by the NFL for his illegal hits

Harrison also criticizes other NFL execs, Patriots-turned-commentators Rodney Harrison and Tedy Bruschi (“clowns”), Houston’s Brian Cushing (“juiced out of his mind”).

He even rips teammates Rashard Mendenhall (“fumble machine”) and Ben Roethlisberger for their performances in the Super Bowl loss.

“Hey, at least throw a pick on their side of the field instead of asking the D to bail you out again. Or hand the ball off and stop trying to act like Peyton Manning. You ain’t that and you know it, man; you just get paid like he does,” he said, referring to Roethlisberger’s two interceptions in the game.

While Harrison may feel he has some valid points with his statements they are horribly unintelligent and showcase an issue more with the person Harrison seems to be portraying as opposed to exposing true issues with the league.

Regardless of your stance on the way the NFL conducts itself or your opinion of it’s rules there is much to be up in arms about with Harrison’s comments.

His tirade against Goodell is hate spewed and even possesses an anti-gay slur. The “self-righteous victim” Harrison is trying to portray is false. He comes across as a racist, homophobic, hate filled crybaby rather than someone truly trying to make change in the league for the better.

Some of his ideas fo improving the NFL safety policy definitely are worth noting and worth some consideration. But any intelligent comment or opinion Harrison has is devalued and overshadowed by his overwhelming idiocy.

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.”

Not a bad point at all.

But who can take a hateful, racist, homophobic finger pointer seriously?

What’s sad is Harrison runs the risk of tarnishing himself. Instead of  letting his on field play speak for itself (which is GREAT), Harrison is content showing himself in this light.

Harrison’s comments send one direct message. If you want to get your point across cry racism, spew hate, throw your teammates under the bus and throw in a homophobic slur. Because insulting and degrading others really tacks on an exclamation point and added emphasis on your self-righteous comments.

Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media and DiMoro Enterprises LLC. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony hosts the Anthony DiMoro Show podcast, and formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.

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Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill Barred Indefinitely from Team Activities



The Kansas City Chiefs announced that wide receiver Tyreek Hill has been barred indefinitely from all team activities until more is known about an audio recording that aired on KCTV in Kansas City in which Hill’s fiancée accused him of abusing their 3-year-old son.

While Hill avoided charges, the team is taking their own approach, and the league may as well.

“We were deeply disturbed by what we heard [on the recorded conversation],” Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said, according to ESPN’s Adam Teicher.

“We were deeply concerned. Now, obviously, we have great concern for [fiancée] Crystal [Espinal]. We are greatly concerned for Tyreek. But our main focus, our main concern, is with the young child.”

“We are going to continue to gather information and we will make the right decision,” Veach said in his statement.

Hill’s place in the NFL, if these are indeed the facts, needs to be seriously looked at, and a stern message should be sent by the team, NFL, and hopefully the NFLPA that these actions are not tolerated whatsoever.

For more details on what the audio consisted of, please read the full report over at ESPN.

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Raiders’ Antonio Brown Threatens ESPN’s Ryan Clark



Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown doesn’t appreciate the constant comments made by former Steelers teammate and current ESPN analyst Ryan Clark, and is threatening to handle it physically should he sees him.

Brown made his threat public, directed towards Clark on Twitter.

Brown is no stranger to making threats, and stirring up drama, especially on social media, and FOX Sports host Skip Bayless added his own hot take to the fire.

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Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill Not Facing Child Abuse Charges



Kansas City Chiefs star wide receiver Tyreek Hill, or his fiancee will not face charges, as the Johnson County (Kansas) District Attorney’s office has declined charges against the pair, according to ESPN.

However, there is a wrinkle as District Attorney Stephen M. Howe said that although he believes that a crime occurred, the evidence in the case doesn’t clearly establish who committed the crime.

Back on March 14th, Overland Park, Kansas officers were called to Hill’s home to investigate an alleged battery in which a juvenile was a victim, police reports indicated.

While Hill was not listed in the report, his fiancee Crystal Espinal was listed under “others involved.”

The Kansas Department of Children and Families has been investigating the alleged battery.

“This office has reviewed all the evidence compiled by these agencies and has declined to file charges against Tyreek Hill and Crystal Espinal,” Howe said on Wednesday during a news conference.

“We are deeply troubled by this situation and are concerned about the health and welfare of the child in question. We believe a crime has occurred. However, the evidence in this case does not conclusively establish who committed this crime.”

This wasn’t the first incident involving the Hill residence as officers were called to the home on March 5th to investigate a report of child abuse or neglect.

In that situation, Hill was named on the police report, but the Overland Park police closed the case three days later when prosecution was declined.

Hill could still face discipline from the NFL, such as a fine and/or suspension.

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