The NFL is investigating a group of players, including Pittsburgh Steelers’ linebacker, James Harrison, for promoting an arm wrestling tournament in Las Vegas.
It seems James Harrison loves to be picked on by NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell. As if he didn’t already hate the guy, Harrison now has to deal with the league looking into a group of players hosting an arm wrestling tournament in Las Vegas.
According to USA Today, Harrison and a group of NFL players went to Las Vegas to host and promote a pro football arm wrestling league.
Jarrett Bell of USA Today reported the league was, “Dubbed the inaugural “Pro Football Arm Wrestling Championship” — with heavyweight and light heavyweight crowns in play — it’s a made-for-TV deal, to air on CBS over two weekends later this spring.”
Nothing too harmful I guess. Well, like usual I guessed wrong. “According to the NFL, players participating in this specific event — without pre-approval — are in violation of the gambling policy and subject to discipline,” Bell wrote.
While the winner of this tournament only gets his name on the donation slip to the Give Back Foundation, $100,000 to be exact, the NFL is still looking to see if this violates their rules.
For Harrison, run-ins with Goodell and his friends in New York is nothing new. He’s already dealt with an investigation of steroid use, multiple fines for illegal hits, a suspension for illegal hits, and more than enough random drug tests. It’s pretty safe to say these two aren’t the best of friends.
This arm wrestling case is the first of a new era in the NFL. With the Raiders moving to Las Vegas, the league will need to readdress their gambling policies. Even if they didn’t want to begin making anything official yet, they’ll have to make some sort of decision on this scenario.
Harrison isn’t going to be happy about the case. He’s already a very outspoken person on his disapproval of Goodell, and it’s hard to say it’ll stop after this. How this affects his season is still undecided, but it’s hard to say arm wrestling is a reason to hurt a player’s career.