Steeler players are fed up with what they believe is a false media narrative that long-time linebacker James Harrison had been wronged by the organization when he was cut. Several former teammates are now speaking out, and aren’t being bashful when describing Harrison as a bad teammate who was asking for it.
Center Mike Pouncey wasn’t shy when explaining why Harrison wasn’t the victim in this:
— Josh Rowntree (@JRown32) December 27, 2017
Linebacker Bud Dupree’s comments to 93.7 The Fan regarding Harrison were even more scathing. On Harrison’s split from the organization:
“It feels like he went to the Patriots just to spit in Coach Tomlin and Mr. Rooney’s face. That’s all it was to us. Like basically you spit on your teammates, you spit on us because the whole season you’ve been shown as someone different than what you were supposed to, so-called, be to us, other than a leader.”
“He made it clear to us early [that he didn’t want to be here]. We try to look at Deebo as a mentor, as the O.G. of the team. We all tried to give him a chance just to be the leader and be the person that, before we got here, the Steelers portrayed him to be. Just coming in to it, you see James Harrison and because he’s this great player you try to follow his footsteps.”
On Harrison’s viral workout videos. Not a fan:
“It’s not that we don’t choose to work out like [Harrison works] out. The strength coaches, they won’t even allow us to lift how he lifts. He’s in the weight room, making all those videos before practice, calling us out. Now you’re making them look at us, like, so me and T.J. aren’t supposed to be playing? That’s just how we feel.”
Dupree also snarked about the idea of Harrison giving up team secrets, because he wasn’t often present in positional meetings.
“I didn’t see him in meetings, so I don’t know if he knows the plays or not.”
According to a report from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, when Harrison did attend team meetings, he would often sit in a recliner and snore while Joey Porter would teach.
Among ways Harrison tried to get himself out of Pittsburgh, one team source said Harrison was known to sleep in a recliner chair during position meetings and snore loudly while Joey Porter would teach.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) December 28, 2017
Dupree also spoke to NFL Sirius XM Radio, and said Harrison was all about himself:
— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) December 28, 2017
This move has been characterized as a big win for New England, but it sounds like addition by subtraction in Pittsburgh.