James Harrison, a former Pittsburgh Steelers star, said coach Mike Tomlin gave him an envelope after the linebacker struck a devastating blow to Cleveland Browns receiver Mohamed Massaquoi in a game in 2010.
“The most daring thing Mike Tomlin did. He gave me an envelope after that, ”Harrison recounted on Barstool’s“ Going Deep ”podcast. “I’m not going to say what, but he gave me an envelope after that play.”RELATED
Harrison was fined $ 75,000 for the hit, the highest amount he was fined, he said. Massaquoi suffered a concussion as a result of the head-to-head blow, which was not punished by officials.
“Truly, for everything I love and over my dad’s grave, I hit that man with roughly 50 percent of my strength and I just hit him because I wanted him to drop the ball,” Harrison said on the podcast. “If I had known that I was going to be fined $ 75,000, I would have tried to kill him.”
Harison’s fine was also high because he was considered a repeat offender after being sanctioned weeks before with $ 5,000 for a punishment for unnecessary roughness.
Previously, the NFL dealt with coaches who paid players for hitting opponents in the scandal known as “Bountygate” at the New Orleans Saints, where coaches offered cash as a reward for causing rival players to leave the games.
The NFL declined to comment, and the Steelers did not respond to a request for a response to what Harrison said.
Harrison’s new comments echo sentiments expressed after Massaquoi’s coup a decade ago.
“It was a legal coup,” Harrison told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper in 2010. According to the note, Tomlin agreed.