Pittsburgh Steelers: Roger Goodell, Leave James Harrison Alone

Mar 28, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; commissioner Roger Goodell reacts during a press conference at the NFL Annual Meetings at the Biltmore Resort. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 28, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; commissioner Roger Goodell reacts during a press conference at the NFL Annual Meetings at the Biltmore Resort. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

It seems that NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell’s, favorite investigation target is Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker, James Harrison.

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If his multiple fines for illegal hits, suspension for illegal hits, crazy amount of random drug tests, and investigation for links to steroid use weren’t enough, the NFL is looking into yet another issue surrounding James Harrison.

Goodell, it’s easy to say that there aren’t many Steelers fans out there who still like you. Not only have you been embarrassed by one of the greatest linebackers in Pittsburgh history, but you continuously make yourself look like a fool.

This time around, Goodell and the suits of the NFL are looking into Harrison’s involvement in a pro football arm wrestling tournament in Las Vegas. Because even though there will be a team there next season, players are still unable to enter a casino without being pre-approved.

With Harrison and Goodell’s past, it’s pretty safe to say that he would’ve been denied if he sought to gain access to the casino ahead of time. But, Harrison and the rest of the players involved ignored the league’s policy and decided to forego the tournament without approval.

Now, the NFL and Goodell are just following the rules. But at what point is the league going to change their policies? They already have a team in Vegas; it’s time to allow players to at least be present in casinos. Maybe they don’t let the gamble still, but competing in an arm wrestling tournament is not harmful to the NFL or society.

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Oh, and the winner of the tournament didn’t win anything. Their name was put on the donation to the Give Back Foundation. But, you know, it’s not allowed to go somewhere, arm wrestle a little, and give $100,000 to people in need.

This isn’t to call out everything the NFL does wrong. Yes, they have a lot of rules that many, including myself, believe are ruining the game of football on and off the field. Goodell is by no means a great commissioner, but he gets the job done from time to time.

His obsession with catching Harrison in the act of something wrongful is getting absurd, though. Every other week he’s looking into something he believes Harrison has done wrong. If he wasn’t one of the most vicious hitters in football, Goodell would’ve never had anything on him in his 15 years in the league.

Just stop it. He’s passed all your ridiculous drug tests, was found NOT to be using steroids and yet he still finds anything he could to try and hurt Harrison’s career. Here we are again, though. Harrison may not be completely out of the wrong in this stunt, but he certainly didn’t do anything bad.

Look, it’s just time to let it all go. First off, no one should ever get in trouble for helping a charity event. Second, if this was a bunch of players no one’s heard of, then it’s highly unlikely anything would come of it. Since it’s Harrison, Marshawn Lynch, and other headline names, though, Goodell needs to make it as big of a story as possible.

There are more important issues to worry about than an arm wrestling tournament for charity. How about making sure all punishments are equal so the bigger the name doesn’t get a bigger penalty? When Goodell is done with that then maybe he can look into this.

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It just needs to end. Goodell’s harassment over Harrison is just embarrassing to the league at this point. Worry about other things, and not Tom Brady and the Patriots. Once you fix the rest of the issues in the NFL, then you can start proving nothing about James Harrison, again.