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    Concussion-related lawsuit mentions Steelers’ James Harrison

    Concussion-related lawsuit mentions Steelers’ Harrison

    By Alan Robinson
    Published: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

    Steelers linebacker James Harrison's reputation as a hard hitter has been criticized by former players in concussion-related lawsuit.

    A concussion-related lawsuit filed against the NFL by 73 former players, including former Raiders star Ken “The Snake” Stabler, questions why Steelers linebacker James Harrison is allowed to keep playing despite repeat offenses that endanger fellow players.

    The lawsuit, filed Monday in Philadelphia, is one in a series of such legal actions nationally in which more than 2,700 former players are seeking relief from what they contend is the league’s slowness in dealing with the dangers of concussions and brain trauma.

    Mentioned prominently are a number of in-game incidents from 2009 on, after a Boston University study revealed that multiple former NFL players died prematurely after developing boxer-like brain damage.

    The players argue in the suit that “recidivist violators” such as Harrison, a former NFL Defensive Player of the Year and one of the league’s most punishing hitters, shouldn’t be allowed to keep playing. In legal terms, a recidivist is a repeat offender. The court filing mentions five illegal hits by Harrison on quarterbacks over three seasons.

    Hits by Harrison resulted in multiple players sustaining concussions, including Browns quarterback Colt McCoy last season and Browns receiver Mohamed Massaquoi in 2010. Harrison drew a one-game suspension for the helmet-to-helmet McCoy hit and a $75,000 fine and no suspension for the Massaquoi hit.

    Asked about the unusual request by former players to effectively ban a current player, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told the Tribune-Review: “I’ll leave that (the lawsuit) up to the lawyers. That’s for the lawyers. We’re here for football.”

    Harrison reported to training camp Wednesday but did not talk to reporters.

    “Those guys (former players) aren’t around and they don’t know the type of player that he is,” said quarterback Charlie Batch, the vice president of the NFL Players Association. “We know he’s not that way. The fight is not against somebody like a current player; the fight ultimately comes down to the NFL. You’re trying to make the game safer, and they’re pushing for 18 games. If concussions are a point of emphasis, these questions don’t need to be answered by the players. This needs to be answered by Roger (Goodell, the NFL commissioner) and the people in charge of the NFL. … The fight is not players against players.”

    The lawsuit, first reported by, requests — among other things — a court-ordered monitoring of injuries resulting from hits to the head and punitive damages.


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    Ken 'The Scumbag' Stabler. didnt hear him crying for Jack Tatum to be banned from the game back when they were on the same team.
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    Why was Jack Tatum allowed to continue playing, back in Stabler's day ?

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    Im disgusted with this topic.
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    Jack Tatum was allowed to continue playing after the Daryl Stingley incident because there were no greedy lawyers involved. It was just football.
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    If Colt McCoy was concussed, why did the Browns allow him to keep playing?

    The players should be more concerned about that. Harrison literally puts his life/career on the line every play and has to make split second decisions and guys he's hitting are typically moving targets. There's more time between plays. And the Browns let McCoy play after getting hit by Harrison. That's a bigger issue imho.

    If they really want to solve the problem, take the helmets off. Again, James Harrison isn't the one that decides if he wears a helmet or not. That's on the league.

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    This has absolutely no bearing on his lawsuit and is done solely for the purpose of attracting media attention which, unfortunately, it did.

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    This is really a stupid article.
    Steelers Draft 2015
    Rd 1: Devante Parker - WR/ Kevin Johnson - CB
    Rd 2: Danielle Hunter -OLB
    Rd 3: Steven Nelson - CB
    Rd 4: Derron Smith - S
    Rd 5: Henry Anderson - DE
    Rd 6: Wes Saxton - TE
    Rd 7: Deon Simon - DT

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    500 plus players in the suit, should not have played and did it to themsleves.

    I say this in jest, to go after Harrison by name verges on full throttle lunacy. Maybe they should rewind the clock and look at how they played themselves. He plays perfect, old school football, like the era in which they came. Get a grip guys. You did it to yourselves. America? Land of the lawsuit and home of the "it's not my fault."

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    James Harrison doesn’t know who Ken Stabler is
    Posted by Mike Florio on July 26, 2012, 5:58 PM EDT

    Before the question can be asked regarding whether current players care about former players, the first question is whether the current players even know who the former players are.

    Earlier this week, a concussion lawsuit led by former Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler pointed to the fact that the league’s Super Bowl XLVI commercial regarding decades of changes to the rules fails to mention “how recidivist violators like James Harrison (who has had five illegal hits on quarterbacks in three seasons) are allowed to continue to play the game.”

    We noticed that language, appearing at paragraph 145 and page 65 of the 209-paragraph, 80-page complaint, we mentioned it, Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review repeated it, and Harrison was asked about it on Thursday by Tim Benz of WXDX radio.

    Here’s the relevant exchange.

    Benz: “James, are you aware of the story about the lawsuit mentioning your name in Philadelphia and if so what’s your reaction to it?”

    Harrison: “I’m not aware of it.”

    Benz: “Ken Stabler and some of the other former pro football players in a concussion suit referenced you as a guy that was a repeat offender and maybe should be out of the game. When you hear former players say that about you –”

    Harrison: “Who is — Ken who?”

    Benz: “Ken Stabler.”

    Harrison: “Who is that?”

    Benz: “Former Raider quarterback.”

    Harrison: “Never heard of him. His opinion doesn’t matter to me.”

    Frankly, Stabler’s opinion shouldn’t matter to Harrison. But it’s a little surprising that Harrison has never heard of the guy.

    We realize that plenty of the men who play pro football aren’t passionate fans of the game. And we don’t expect football players to be football historians. But for a key member of the Steelers to not know the name of a Super Bowl-era quarterback who won a Super Bowl and who played quarterback in some of the most celebrated games in Steelers history is a little strange.

    Then again, if Ken Stabler’s opinion doesn’t matter to Harrison, mine definitely doesn’t.

    “Who is — Mike who?”



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