Found May 02, 2012 on Pro Football Zone:

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison gave his two cents on the NFL’s suspension of four players in connection with the Bountygate scandal earlier today. “Ridiculous, and nobody really sees why the punishments have been so severe over the past 3 – 4 years!” he exclaimed on his Facebook page just after Goodell’s ruling.

James Harrison is no stranger to punishment in the Goodell era, having been fined over a hundred thousand dollars in his career and suspended for a game last season for a brutal hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy.  Harrison went on to say, “Lawsuits and 18 games???” which could be a reference to both the extended lockout last season and the NFL’s (and Goodell’s) desire to have an 18-game season, which Harrison apparently feels is hypocritical given Goodell’s effort at reducing the amount of serious injuries in the NFL.

Harrison’s teammate Lamar Woodley also gave his opinion by way of facebook, stating “Vilma suspended a whole yr FOR PLAYING FOOTBALL???? cmon man!!!!!”

It was reported earlier today that Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma had been suspended for the duration of the 2012 NFL season for his role in Bountygate.  Anthony Hargrove, Scott Fujita, and Will Smith received smaller suspensions.  All four players are expected to appeal.


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