Steelers OLB James Harrison is profiled in the August issue of Men's Journal, and the former Defensive Player of the Year spoke out against NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Harrison calls the commissioner a "crook," a "devil," "stupid,' "a puppet" and "a dictator." He also uses an anti-gay slur to describe Goodell.
"If that man was on fire and I had to piss to put him out, I wouldn't do it," Harrison told the article's author, Paul Solotarof. "I hate him and will never respect him."
Harrison adds that following Super Bowl XLV, after his Steelers lost to the Packers, the linebacker whispered to Goodell, "Why don't you quit and do something else, like start your own league in flag football?"
The commissioner has been harsh on the Steelers, and especially Harrison, for their physical style of play. The linebacker was fined over $100,000 last season for illegal hits, and the league has instituted multiple rule changes recently to combat Pittsburgh's aggressiveness, including one where a team can be punished if multiple players on the roster are fined for flagrant hits. After that was passed in May, Harrison tweeted "I'm absolutely sure now after this last rule change that the people making the rules at the NFL are idiots."
The magazine article also allows Harrison to share his thoughts on some other NFL personalities. He calls Rodney Harrison and Tedy Bruschi — former Patriots defenders who are now both TV analysts — "clowns" and says that Texans LB Brian Cushing is "juiced out of his mind."
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger also is the subject of a Harrison rant. When asked about Roethlisberger's two interceptions in the Super Bowl, Harrison responded:
"Hey, at least throw a pick on their side of the field instead of asking the "D" to bail you out again," the linebacker said. "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."
The article, titled "Confessions of an NFL Hitman" includes a photo of Harrison where the player is shirtless, with his arms crossing his chest and a gun in each hand pointed in the air.