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Old 03-24-2008, 04:42 AM   #1
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Default Steelers don't take high road with Harrison

Monday Madden: Steelers don't take high road with Harrison
By Mark Madden, Times Sports Columnist
Published: Monday, March 24, 2008 12:35 AM EDT

James Harrison hit a woman. Cedrick Wilson hit a woman.

So why did the Steelers cut Wilson, but keep Harrison?

Good question. Dan Rooney gave a bad answer.

The Steelers owner rarely puts his foot in his yap. But by suggesting that Harrison committed a lesser offense because he socked his girlfriend while on a noble pursuit (trying to have their son baptized), Rooney made a big mess into a bigger mess and has put the team in a position where the only move they can make to fix things is cut Harrison, the team MVP last season.

Cutting Harrison, by the way, is a bigger possibility than the Steelers would care to admit. Here’s betting it happens within a week.

By way of spiritual clarification, God does not condone violence against women even if a child’s baptism is being mooted. Jesus does not support smacking around your girlfriend until she has a religious epiphany. There is no book of Ike Turner in the Bible.

Why did Rooney even speak to the media? During a crisis, communication is best done via carefully considered press releases. You don’t let your owner ad lib. That’s what happens when your PR flacks are cut-rate yes-men. The Steelers simply don’t know how to handle a situation like this, mostly because they never had to before.

Then again, the subsequent press release didn’t help much: “We trust that today’s roster move will indicate our intentions and send a message that we will not tolerate this type of conduct.” Except from star linebackers, that is.

There really isn’t a good reason for keeping Harrison but releasing Wilson. Wilson was involved in a prior domestic dispute with the same women — one that resulted in gunplay on her part — but was not yet accused of hitting her.

Harrison and Wilson each had one strike against them. Harrison stayed. Wilson didn’t.

The real difference, of course, is that Harrison is a Pro Bowl linebacker and Wilson is a backup receiver. It’s easy to cut Wilson. But by releasing Wilson, the Steelers highlighted that they hadn’t done enough with Harrison.

The Steelers would have been better off keeping Wilson for now — under the guise of letting the legal process play out — then quietly dumping him at training camp for “football reasons.” But they panicked and acted without thinking things through.

The Steelers should cut Harrison. It’s the right thing to do.

Harrison and his girlfriend are said to be attempting reconciliation — which makes Round Two even more likely. When mate strikes mate in anger, they shouldn’t reunite. (Note to girl: Next time, it’s your fault. You went back.)

Harrison is an ogre on a good day. My e-mail inbox is jammed with stories of Harrison’s reprehensible behavior, obscenities yelled in public, wait staff and fans treated poorly. Witness his churlish manner with the media.

Harrison played great this past season. But he simply does not fit the mythical Steelers mold. It’s hard to believe the franchise has been subjected to its last embarrassing incident courtesy of the man they call “Silverback.” If he remains a Steeler, Harrison will be under constant scrutiny. Chances are he’ll handle that poorly.

By keeping Harrison because he’s a better player than Wilson, the Steelers have become typical. Everyone in the organization is painted with the same brush, bad apples lumped in with good. Carson Palmer isn’t a criminal, but he’s certainly known by the company he keeps in Cincinnati.

If the Steelers stand for everything they pretend to, they should cut Harrison. They can prove that their holier-than-thou stance isn’t just hype.

Here’s the problem: It is.
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Old 03-24-2008, 05:03 AM   #2
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Well, we knew this was coming . . . . Sad part is I agree with Mr. Madden. Both situations should've been handled differently and Mr. Rooney shouldn't have addressed the media. When it comes to the media often times the less said the better. The attempt to rationalize the obvious double standard opened the organiztation we love dearly up to criticism.

Now, it's too late to cut "Jimmy" [sic]. and we can't take Mr. Wilson back. What's done is done and now the organization just has to weather the storm and learn from this.

The lesson is . . . Pro bowler or not . . . everyone should be held to the same standards.
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Old 03-24-2008, 05:44 AM   #3
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Well, we knew this was coming . . . . Sad part is I agree with Mr. Madden. Both situations should've been handled differently and Mr. Rooney shouldn't have addressed the media. When it comes to the media often times the less said the better. The attempt to rationalize the obvious double standard opened the organiztation we love dearly up to criticism.

Now, it's too late to cut "Jimmy" [sic]. and we can't take Mr. Wilson back. What's done is done and now the organization just has to weather the storm and learn from this.

The lesson is . . . Pro bowler or not . . . everyone should be held to the same standards.
Excellent post VT. I couldn't agree with you more.
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I don't believe in precedent setting disciplinary action. If that's going to be the case then Santonio Holmes must be cut as well. The Steelers have the right to look at each individual case without being pressured by the media, the fans, or any case-related organizations.
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When mate strikes mate in anger, they shouldn?t reunite. (Note to girl: Next time, it?s your fault. You went back.)
Yea Madden...her going back warrants a beating.

Your a Moron.

She would be guilty of making an ignorant choice, and a choice that no doubt may cause her harm...but last time I checked...If she gets beat, its STILL the fault of the idiot who hit her.

I repeat...Your a Moron
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I don't believe in precedent setting disciplinary action. If that's going to be the case then Santonio Holmes must be cut as well. The Steelers have the right to look at each individual case without being pressured by the media, the fans, or any case-related organizations.
I have to agree steel pit they have to look at each case and wilsons case he went into a public place and showed his ass.
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I agree, cut Harrison ....No one player is bigger than the team.
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I hate to say it but I have to agree with Madden for once. I was expecting his normal poison pen but he made some valid points.

I'll support the team no matter how this plays out but I'm leaning toward cutting him moreso than I was originally.
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Default Re: Steelers don't take high road with Harrison

as soon as I read "By Mark Madden, Times Sports Columnist" I left the thread. He is never worth reading. I can honestly say that there is no writer that have less respect for.

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Default Re: Steelers don't take high road with Harrison

If Madden the Steelers hater has something negative to say about my favorite team, then I can pretty much assume he's doing it to sell papers.

He can lick my...under arms and enjoy himself...
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