James Harrison Says His Words Were Twisted
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison attempted some damage control last night in the wake of comments attributed to him in a interview with Men’s Journal. ESPN reports that Harrison told network analyst Merril Hoge, a former Steelers running back, that he told quarterback Ben Roethlisberger some of his comments were “twisted” by the article’s writer Paul Solotaroff and that it was not his intention to criticize the two-time Super Bowl winner.
In the interview, Harrison was quoted as criticizing Roethlisberger’s performance in Super Bowl XLV, a 31-25 Steelers loss to the Green Bay Packers.
“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,” Harrison was quoted as saying.
Hoge also added that Roethlisberger was taking Harrison at his word and that their relationship is fine.
Harrison though did not take back any comments he said about commissioner Roger Goodell, whom he called “the devil” and a “crook.”