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James Harrison Bashes Tomlin, Colbert

Colbert's '52 kids' comment would have him feeling 'some sort of way'

February 22, 2019 - 7:29 am

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan)- Water is wet. James Harrison is criticizing the Steelers. Again.

This time, not only is Mike Tomlin in Harrison's crosshairs, but GM Kevin Colbert is as well.

Harrison joined Willie McGinest on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access" Thursday night and was asked about Colbert's comments on Ben Roethlisberger's leadership and how the situation got out of hand with Antonio Brown.

First target: Kevin Colbert. 

"For me, Ben being the unquestioned leader, I have no problem with that situation other than the fact that no one is beyond unquestioned," Harrison told NFL Network's Willie McGinest on Thursday evening. "That's a big statement. If I'm in that locker room, I just got put under '52 kids.' I'm feeling some sort of way. Even if I didn't feel that type of way before, like even if there wasn't a rift on the radar. Now I'm like 'Is that how they really view me up top?'

"And I think this is what Antonio [Brown] may have said where he said he felt like Ben had an owner's mentality. And you have the GM that's saying this and that's how guys may feel, even though that may not be the case. As far as when I was there that's not how I felt. I communicated with Ben just like I did any other player. We agree or disagree and so on and so forth."

Next up: Mike Tomlin. When he was asked how things have become a mess with the Steelers he said...

"I start off at this same thing with [Mike] Tomlin. The head guy has to be the one that takes charge," Harrison explained. "I believe it's fault on, even with my situation, it's fault on me. It's fault on Tomlin. It's fault on the team. It's got to this point because Tomlin has allowed a certain amount of things to go on and rather players take advantage of that or step beyond that, it's got to a point where it's so far out that now he can't reign it back in so to speak. And with that being the case it's Tomlin. It could be some blame on A.B. It could be some blame on Ben. It can go around."

For what it's worth, Harrison did say that if the Steelers aren't satisfied with what they're being offered for Brown, he and the Steelers can still sit down and work things out for him to stay in Pittsburgh.   

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