Vrabel: NFLPA would have issue with Harrison fine

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Vrabel: NFLPA would have issue with Harrison fine

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
Mike Vrabel doesn't believe James Harrison should be fined for his verbal strafing of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The recently retired Vrabel, who's been deeply involved in talks to end the lockout, said on WEEI's Big Show on Friday that the NFLPA (though dissolved, we all know it never left and will soon return) "would have an issue if (Harrison) were suspended or fined.""I think there are things that you should be able to do and say - more importantly say," explained Vrabel. "(Harrison's comments are) not conduct detrimental to any team other than if (Steelers coach) Mike Tomlin had an issue with the way (Harrison) was referring to the Pittsburgh Steelers. "Roger's got big shoulders," Vrabel observed. "Roger understands. I would say to Roger or anybody else that had a problem with it, I would say what Bill (Belichick) said to us: To (those who) much is given, much is expected. And Roger is given a lot in form of compensation and being in the situation that he's in so there's a lot expected of him. And if that means taking the higher road and calling James and trying to figure out how to get this thing settled between them or whatever issue they have going on."Harrison will probably skate onusing the words "crook," "puppet" and "stupid" to describe Goodell. And you can't fine a man forproclaiming he would refuse to urinate onthe NFL commissionereven if said commissioner was engulfed in flames. But Harrison will probably get whacked for usingan anti-gay slur.The reason?Harrison doesn't work for the commissioner and should be able to express his beliefs, simplistic as they may be, but usinga word in a derogatory manner that offends a group is wrong. Unless you are a member of that group. Then nobody minds. Vrabel attempted to put some context into Harrison's words saying, "Do you think that Roger Goodell is a crook? I don't think that anyone would read that and think that he's somehow taking the money that James Harrison is fined and putting it in his pocket. I don't think anyone believes that. I think it was said as, 'Man, this guy is taking money from me fining me and my teammates and players around the league.' ...You just need to take it at 30,000 feet and move on."I know James Harrison is a heckuva player and one the Pittsbugh Steelers and their fans and coaches really enjoy and are glad he's on their team," added Vrabel. "As long as his teammates are fine with it, we support him as an association." Once this lockout ends, it will be interesting to see whether Goodell and the Steelers decide that, "What happens during the lockout, stays in the lockout."Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

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Darrelle Revis has court date Thursday on fight claims

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New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has a court date next week on criminal charges stemming from a fight after he turned himself in to police and was later released on a non-monetary bond.

Revis faces aggravated assault and other charges alleging he was in a fight with two men last weekend in Pittsburgh. He answered no questions from the media as he turned himself in Friday. He later made an initial court appearance, and his next court date was scheduled for Thursday.

Revis' attorney has said Revis was physically assaulted by a group of at least five people. He said Revis "feared for his safety" and sought medical attention, but he didn't offer details about the severity of Revis' injuries.

Police say the fight started when a man began recording a video of Revis and Revis grabbed his phone and tried to delete it. Two men say they were punched and knocked out.

The New York Jets said through a spokesman they would have no further comment on Revis' situation other than their initial statement that they were aware of the matter and had spoken with Revis. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email to The Associated Press that the league was looking into the matter.

Attorney Blaine Jones said Saturday in a text message that while he was hired for the pre-indictment phase of the case, he would not be representing the Jets cornerback going forward.

Revis is due $15 million next season, including a $2 million roster bonus due on the second day of the new league year, March 10.

The $13 million in base salary includes $6 million in guaranteed money, which the Jets would owe him even if they decided to cut him before the deadline.

Revis had a bitter breakup with his agents last year and has no formal representation going forward.

Revis, who is from Aliquippa, was a star at the University of Pittsburgh and was drafted No. 14 overall by the Jets in 2007. He quickly established himself as one of the top players at his position - and in franchise history - while also earning the nickname, "Revis Island" for his penchant for routinely shutting down opposing teams' top receivers. He is in his second stint with the Jets.

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