UPDATE: Harrison will not be suspended, but was fined $75,000. In other news, I watched a different slow motion view of the hit and there is no way on God’s blue and green earth it was a dirty hit. In my opinion.
Let’s just brand this the James Harrison Rule, shall we?
The man takes out two measly Browns and look what happens!
Internet, I am kidding. Please stop accusing me of “glorifying” helmet-to-helmet hits and violence and brain injuries. If those two players had been seriously injured, I wouldn’t dare BREATHE a joke about it.
I was told on twitter yesterday that my WTRT post was “a dick move.”
But this by far, was my most favorite response I received on twitter:
In fairness, that user did sort of back off of such strong accusations, but I must say, if you read my WTRT post again, you’ll see that I technically did not take a stance on Harrison’s hits. That was intentional. I just talked about them and mentioned he’s a beast who will hurt people and eff them up.
I wasn’t all, “BAM! BRAINS ON THE FIELD. DELAY OF GAME. FIVE YARD PENALTY AND GO HOME, SISSY.”
I didn’t tell James Harrison as Chuck Norris facts.
“If you type James Harrison into Microsoft Word, the little paperclip just hangs itself.”
“James Harrison can slam a revolving door.”
“James Harrison is the reason Waldo is hiding.”
Honestly, I didn’t think James Harrison looked like he was intentionally laying a helmet-to-helmet hit on Cribbs. The NFL agreed. If it did look intentional, I would have called him out on it. I’m not against doing that. I called him out for being a jerk in this post. I agreed that Hines can be dirty. And I’m sure if I took the time to dig through every WTRT I’ve written over the years, I’d find other instances where I call out dirty work.
I just honestly didn’t think Harrison was hitting dirty yesterday. I’m a Steelers fan, so I’m very aware that my judgment is clouded by that fact.
At this point, it’s a matter of opinion, despite the fact that people in the comments were apparently emailed some special inside information that included empirical data that proved their view correct beyond a shadow of a doubt.
I have no idea what “empirical” means when put in front of the word “data,” but let’s just go with it. It sounds fancy.
So, now the NFL is looking at Harrison’s other hit, and he could in fact be suspended if the NFL finds that the hit was dirty.
I didn’t see the hit live, or I don’t remember it, so I went back and watched it.
I can’t tell. Honestly.
I get the sneaking suspicion that he’s going to be suspended because he took out two players (even though one hit was ruled legal) and because the sports world is freaking out and calling for his suspension and his balls on a stick. It doesn’t help that Harrison is in the media saying basically I wanted to hurt him, not injure him. Therefore, I believe the NFL will make an example of him.
And if that teaches Harrison two things, 1. if you’re going to put the hurt on opponents, do it below their brains, and 2. shut up, then I’m all for it.