Men’s Journal Writer Says NFL Fines Against Players Like James Harrison Are Racially Motivated
After Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison made surprising comments concerning NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and his teammates in the latest issue of The Men’s Journal. The writer of that piece, Paul Solotaroff, joined The Mike Wise Show With Holden Kushner on 106.7 The Fan to discuss the interview he conducted with Harison.
Solotaroff spent about 4 days with Harrison talking with him and expressed that he wanted to shed Harrison in a positive light and not bring any negative attention to Harrison.
According to Solotaroff, Harrison said that all Goodell wants to see are touchdowns and the scoreboard light up and that the rules of the game are skewed against defense. Harrison has been fined over $100,000 for hits against other NFL players.
Solotaroff went on to say that there will be some pushback and more of it will be racial pushback. When asked if he believes there is a singling-out of African American players in this regard, Solotaroff said “I sure do”.
Solotaroff believes Harrison was “grotesquely, unfairly made the billboard guy for above the top violence in the NFL.”
He says Harrison is “completely outspoken about how the violence in the NFL happens, what the repercussions are for him down the road as a retired player and what, if anything, can be done to make the game safe for [the players].”
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