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Old 08-03-2011, 08:00 PM   #1
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Default Harrison won't be punish for comments

Roger Goodell said he has no plans to punish James Harrison for derogatory comments the Steelers linebacker leveled at the commissioner in a recent magazine interview, nor does Goodell plan to take any disciplinary action for the gay slurs Harrison used to do so.

But the final decision on any action leveled toward Harrison may not be Goodell's to make. Among the issues still being negotiated by the NFL and its players Wednesday was the power Goodell held over the player discipline and appeals process. Currently the commissioner holds final say on the length and severity of all fines and suspensions levied under the player personal conduct policy.


Harrison's teammate, Ryan Clark says he believes Goodell has decided to make himself a major part of the game.

"How often did you hear (former commissioner) Paul Tagliabue's name throughout the season?" Clark said. "I think (Goodell has) decided to make himself a major part of this game. I don't know if he had some type of high school dreams or Pop Warner dreams of being an NFL football player, but he's made himself the NFL. He is the most popular -- or infamous -- commissioner in sports right now, you know? Maybe that's what he wanted to be. We know he doesn't work for us, he doesn't work with us."

Clark adds that Steelers players likely will not vote to ratify the new collective bargaining agreement unless Goodell's power is limited when it comes to fines or suspensions.

"He wants to do it his way -- the same way that he has taken over most of this game," Clark said.

Clark took issue when he was asked if he had spoken to Steelers president Art Rooney II about lobbying Goodell on the players' behalf. "I'm talking about the commissioner -- not my owner," Clark said. "Our owner is a good owner."

The line of questioning ultimately led to Clark to become agitated with the reporter who asked it, a Pittsburgh radio talk-show host. The two exchanged words and stood chest-to-chest before team personnel and players broke it up.

Pittsburgh has been one of the most fined teams in the league, particularly Harrison who accrued $100,000 in fines last season. The Steelers have been vocal about what they perceive as unfair treatment by the NFL.


"We feel like someone else should be on there; there should be some ... type of way -- actually someone who's not on the NFL payroll," Clark said. "A big issue, for us, especially, as a team, is Roger Goodell ... being judge, jury and appeals system."

Goodell doesn't see it that way.

"We have a personal conduct policy that's developed with the players that's part of our negotiations. It's imjportant to the players in the league as well as the clubs," Goodell told NFL Network's Scott Hanson during a stop at Panthers training camp Wednesday. "I think it's one of the reasons why we continue to have the reputation that we have which we're going to conduct ourselves the right way and reflect well on what we do and the people who play this game and the fans who deserve that respect. so we're going to continue to make sure we do things the right way on and off the field."

As for the ongoing CBA negotiations, Goodell said he doesn't see any reason for fans to worry.

"They dont need to be concerned about it," Goodell said. "We'll get it done."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Old 08-03-2011, 08:14 PM   #2
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Seen his interview on NFL net. He had that smirk on his face tho when asked the question about Harrison....
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Good. Will the players shut up about him, now?
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Tough to suspend him when technically Harrison wasn't employed at the time and was told to not show up to work.
Also since there was no CBA there were no behavior guidelines in place on conduct.
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Tough to suspend him when technically Harrison wasn't employed at the time and was told to not show up to work.
Also since there was no CBA there were no behavior guidelines in place on conduct.
Not to mention there is a free speach law that goes beyond the NFL. The Commish has to be careful, because if he starts fining or suspending players based on their off field comments, most of the league would be sitting.
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F#*% GODell. F$(&^ him right in the eye.
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I think James put GODell in a tough spot and he knows if he would have fined him everyone would really see what a control freak tool he is!!! One can only imagine what RG says about James behind closed doors!I cant remember in all of sports such a hetred between a player and the man at the top?Im out!
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James Harrison was right on everything he said.
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