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James Harrison Retracts Mike Tomlin Story

In recent Steelers news James Harrison retracts a story he said about Mike Tomlin. On Thursday, former Pittsburgh Steelers star James Harrison revealed that head coach Mike Tomlin gave him an envelope filled with cash. This was after a devastating hit on Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi in 2010.

“The G-est thing Mike Tomlin ever did, he handed me an envelope after that,” Harrison said on Barstool’s “Going Deep” podcast. “I’m not going to say what, but he handed me an envelope after that.”

Harrison initially was fined $75,000 for the hit. However, the NFL later reduced it to $50,000. Massaquoi suffered a concussion as a result of the head-to-head hit. The hit was not flagged during the game.

“Listen, on everything I love, on my daddy’s grave, I hit that man with about 50 percent of what I had, and I just hit him because I wanted him to let loose of the ball,” Harrison said on the podcast. “If I had knew they was gonna fine me $75,000, I would have tried to kill him.”

Steelers Deny James Harrison’s Mike Tomlin Story

James Harrison Mike Tomlin Bounty

The Steelers quickly denied the comments made by Harrison. A denial with Steelers president Art Rooney II issuing a statement later Thursday.

“I am very certain nothing like this ever happened,” Rooney said. “I have no idea why James would make a comment like this but there is simply no basis for believing anything like this.”

On Friday, Harrison took to Instagram to clarify that Tomlin did not put a bounty on anyone.

“Wow y’all really comparing what I said to BOUNTYGATE?!?,” Harrison wrote. “Mike T. Has NEVER paid me for hurting someone. Or TRYING to hurt someone or put a bounty on ANYBODY! If you knew the full story of what happened back then you’d know that BS fine for a Legal Play wasn’t even penalized during the game.”


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