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    Art Rooney backs James Harrison
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    Pittsburgh Steelers team president Art Rooney II is backing hard-hitting linebacker James Harrison.

    He thinks Harrison should appeal his $75,000 fine for a hit the league says was illegal on Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi.

    "We've told James that if he decides to appeal, he has our support," Rooney told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette."I think the play was a legal hit. It's on the borderline, though. The thing I'm concerned about going forward is the level of discipline and how far we're going with that. And I hope that the league office is going to draw a distinction between a flagrant hit, an egregious hit, whatever these words are that are getting thrown around, versus something that is a violation but is not flagrant."

    Harrison has filed an appeal.

    As far as Rooney is concerned, the hit was clean.

    "James' play, I think, was a football play," Rooney said. "I understand the part about not launching yourself. I think that's the part that was on the borderline. I mean, did he lunge at the guy to make the tackle or did he launch himself?

    "If you look at the plays last weekend, there was only one play … that was flagrant; and yet when the fine comes out, our guy gets the biggest fine. My concern going forward is how is this discipline going to be handled, and are they going to try to draw a distinction as far as suspensions between something that is flagrant and something that's just a fine. I hope that is the direction we're going in, but I don't know."

    Harrison was fined more because he's been classified as a repeat offender, though.

    "I don't know that we're going to know where this is going until we see the discipline as the weeks go on," Rooney said. "I think right now this is kind of a new phase, and so we're going to have to see how they're going to deal with it. I have not been given any assurance that there is going to be a distinction made between the flagrant and the nonflagrant hits.

    "But I hope that's the way it's going to be handled as far as suspensions. … It's really a question of how far is it going to go? And when we bring suspensions into it, I don think suspensions should be a routine discipline that we have every time something like this happens."

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    Default Re: Art Rooney backs James Harrison

    This is a good thing rooney has some power within the league!

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    This is a good thing rooney has some power within the league!
    it's a good thing he got some balls too!!!!

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    Default Re: Art Rooney backs James Harrison

    I wish somebody would lay a a flagrant hit, an egregious hit on Goodell's candy azz.

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