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James Harrison's Comments About Ben Roethlisberger Symptomatic Of Larger Problems Within Steelers, Men's Journal Writer Says

Paul Solotaroff, who wrote the Men’s Journal article on James Harrison that has gotten so much attention since Wednesday, says that not only did he speak to Harrison about the article and Harrison expressed no problems with it, but that there was more to Harrison’s opinion on Ben Roethlisberger that didn’t make it to the article.

Solotaroff said, first “I’ve got way more about Roethlisberger on the cutting-room floor here,” then goes on to say that Harrison isn’t the only Steeler who has a problem with Big Ben.

He said, “There isn’t a single Steeler on that defense who has a poster of Big Ben on his bedroom wall, if you know what I’m saying. There’s a real schism on that team” between offensive and defensive players.

Solotaroff went on to imply that at least part of that schism is related to the way fines have been handed out to defensive players recently, and that similar schisms probably exist on other NFL teams.

I doubt we’ll hear much more about this – even if there really is a disconnect between the Steelers’ offensive and defensive players, they aren’t about to let this get further in the press than it already has.

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