James Harrison has a wonderful suggestion for how his upcoming meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell should be handled.
Harrison, Clay Matthews, Mike Neal and Julius Peppers were all named in an Al Jazeera’s report which connected the players to performance enhancing drugs. The NFL wants to meet with them and if they don’t oblige, suspensions will be issued. Three players have agreed, but Harrison wants to make the meeting public.
In an interview with Pro Football Talk, Harrison said he wanted the meeting to be televised. His hope seems to be exposing the man he calls a “crook,” Roger Goodell.
“If it goes to a conduct detrimental [situation] it goes to the hands of that crook, I mean Roger Goodell, [and] he can do whatever he wants,” Harrison said Thursday night. “That’s just the bargaining agreement that the players signed.”
“Whatever evidence they think they have, or reason for questioning me, is out of my control,” Harrison said. “I really don’t know.
“I wouldn’t have a problem with it being filmed live. I’ve been prosecuted and persecuted, you know, publicly in the media by them for something I didn’t do. So I don’t see why we couldn’t have the media there and do a live interview. They can ask whatever questions they want and I can answer them.
As much as I’d love to see Harrison and Goodell’s awkward, tense meeting, there’s absolutely no way Goodell would agree to any of this. There would be key details and talks which he surely wouldn’t want publicized. It’s an amazing bluff call, but one which is certain to go unanswered. Unfortunately for Harrison, Goodell holds all the power in the situation for now.