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Steelers' James Harrison Takes Shots At Roger Goodell Over Jonathan Vilma Case

In a development that will probably surprise no one, the Steelers' James Harrison has something to say about the Saints' Jonathan Vilma's defamation lawsuit against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

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"If (Vilma) loses, it shows Goodell does have too much power," Harrison said following an offseason practice, "and if he wins, it opens up the floodgates."

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Vilma is accusing Goodell of making false statements about him regarding the Saints' alleged "Bountygate" program.

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Harrison, obviously, is no fan of Goodell's -- Goodell has frequently punished Harrison for illegal hits, but the punishments have often seemed arbitrary. The crux of the problem right now, from Harrison's perspective, is that the NFL's new Collective Bargaining Agreement gives the NFL too much power. Here's Behind The Steel Curtain's take on Harrison's comments.

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The point is, it's a completely new NFL than the one most of us grew up with. The league commissioner taking certain actions that gets himself, and not the league, sued is certainly no less of an eye-opening bit of news than an employee not appreciating the fact his boss's boss doles out the penalties and hears the appeals.

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