first_imgJames Harrison delivered plenty of big hits throughout his career, and a few of them clearly crossed the line into dangerous territory, including his 2010 helmet-to-helmet shot on Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi.During an appearance on Barstool’s “Going Deep” podcast, Harrison claimed Mike Tomlin gave him “an envelope” following the hit on Massaquoi, suggesting the Steelers coach covered Harrison’s $75,000 fine from the NFL. (It was later reduced to $50,000.) View this post on Instagram Wow y’all really comparing what I said to BOUNTYGATE?!? 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. The league was getting pressure because the first concussion lawsuits were starting and they had to look like they cared about player safety all of a sudden. Before that they had been SELLING a photo of THAT SAME PLAY FOR $55 on the NFL website with other videos of the NFL’S GREATEST HITS that the league Profited On back then. When the league had to start pretending like they cared about player safety they took all those things down off their website and they started fining guys ridiculous amounts for the same plays they used to profit off of. EVERYBODY knew it – even these same media people and all the fans that were sending money to me and the team to cover the fine. AGAIN AT NO TIME did Mike T. EVER suggest anybody hurt anybody or that they’d be rewarded for anything like that. GTFOH with that BS!!! #receiptsA post shared by James Harrison (@jhharrison92) on May 15, 2020 at 7:40am PDT Despite a successful run in Pittsburgh from 2002-2017, which included five Pro Bowl selections and two Super Bowl victories, Harrison has often been critical of Tomlin in retirement. He has referred to Tomlin as a good, but not great, head coach.After being released from the Steelers in 2017, Harrison signed with the Patriots, playing in five regular season games and three playoff games. He retired during the 2018 offseason.UPDATE: Harrison shared a lengthy Instagram post Friday afternoon, saying Tomlin “never paid me for hurting someone or trying to hurt someone.” He also criticized the NFL for “pretending” care about player safety. He didn’t clarify what he meant when he said Tomlin gave him an envelope. MORE: Tomlin “excited” about having Ben Roethlisberger back at QB”I ain’t gonna lie to you, when that happened, right?” Harrison said. “The G-est thing Mike Tomlin ever did, he handed me an envelope after that. I ain’t gonna say what, but he handed me an envelope after that.”Steelers president Art Rooney II responded to Harrison’s comments Thursday, strongly denying the alleged exchange between Harrison and Tomlin took place.”I am certain nothing like this ever happened,” Rooney II said (via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review). “I have no idea why James would make a comment like this, but there is simply no basis for believing anything like this.”Harrison’s longtime agent Bill Parise told the Tribune-Review’s Joe Rutter he had no knowledge of the alleged incident.”Absolutely not. Never happened,” Parise said. “I would have known that. It didn’t happen. … James and I are still together. We were really close during our 18 years. He would have said something along the way.”Both Harrison and Tomlin believed the hit was legal at the time, and Harrison still isn’t apologetic about drilling Massaquoi, who suffered a concussion on the play.”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.”last_img read more