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NFL Star RIPS Commish: I'd Let Him Burn to Death

7/13/2011 9:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive juggernaut James Harrison just BLASTED NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, claiming, "If that man was on fire and I had to piss to put him out, I wouldn't do it."


Harrison -- the 2008 Defensive Player of the Year -- unloaded in a brand new interview with Men's Journal -- adding, "I hate [Goodell] and will never respect him." Harrison also calls Goodell an anti-gay slur, a "crook," a "devil," a "puppet," and a "dictator."

Goodell famously fined Harrison $100,000 for illegal hits last fall -- making Harrison one of the most heavily-fined players ever in a single season.

But Goodell isn't the only one Harrison targets in his rant -- the Steeler also blasts fellow teammates Ben Roethlisberger and Rashard Mendenhall, whom he calls a "fumble machine."

Referring to Roethlisberger's two interceptions during the Super Bowl, Harrison says, "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."

As you may recall, Harrison famously picked off Kurt Warner in Super Bowl 43 and ran it back 100 yards for a touchdown ... the longest play in Super Bowl history.

The NFL is currently in a lockout after the players failed to reach a collective bargaining agreement with the league's owners.

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Wow, don't hold back James, let us know how you feel.

1196 days ago


JB, thats the dumbest comment I have ever heard.

1196 days ago


So how can a dictator be a puppet?

1196 days ago


James Harrison talking about Big Ben and Rashad...but Harrison simply forgot to show up in the Superbowl against Green Bay. He and his ONE tackle.

Just STFU you racist moron.

1196 days ago


Thank u Harrison for speaking ur mine, it's better then going to bars & raping women like that *** white QB of yours...

1196 days ago


Nick 23 minutes ago

P.S. The NFL makes a lot of money off the slave labor of black athletes.

Only a complete moron (not to mention a racist) would call "black athletes" making at least $325,000 per year, "slave labor".

1196 days ago

some guy    

Gotta say I side with the players on this one.

Seems like all the players have said since day one is that they want to play.

Seems like it's the owners that are greedy, and Goodell's their puppet.

Doubt things would've gone this far if Goodell really had the interests of the NFL in mind. And what it means to the fans.

1196 days ago


LOL @ Jay. Shocking that a fellow, typical, uneducated moron would defend him.

1196 days ago


Nick let the slave stories, you now get paid to become fat and lazy, I think you have your payback!

And James Harrison, nicely said, truth hurts the ones with the most power!

1196 days ago


agreed with the a rooney take 100%
harrison has said dumbs**t before so this is no surprise..
goddell is not to blame, the players are just getting a bit nervous, salaries especially for the rookies need to be tamed..
its not as bad as the nba though, which will not have a season

1196 days ago


Roger is tryimg to put to much politics on the game leave football a game greed is also a big factor HARRISON should retire dont trash your teamates .Im sure he can make good money on talk shows trashing the commish.

1196 days ago


so, why is no one up in arms over his anti-gay slur? and what was this said slur anyway....great reporting people....and not just TMZ....saw this posted somewhere else and they say the same thing....

1196 days ago


Harrison drives a SmartCar.

1196 days ago

jimmy d    

James you go, its football people ,trash talking is part of it on the field and off, its called your first ammenment

1196 days ago


@Superman, it's slave labor when 80% of the league is black & entertaining u dumb a__ white guys who get drunk watching us play, gamble ur lives away on us, plus making ur Sundays great... yep! I call that slave labor u moron...

1196 days ago
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