Former Steelers teammates rip James Harrison

James Harrison stands between teammatess Deatrich Wise and Eric Lee during a Patriots practice Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017.

James Harrison’s exit from the Pittsburgh Steelers continues to ruffle feathers.

Steelers linebacker Bud DuPree said on a local radio station in Pittsburgh on Wednesday that Harrison often didn’t practice or attend meetings and rarely entered the locker room.

DuPree also said Harrison would not visit injured teammate Ryan Shazier in the hospital and that Harrison would sleep in a recliner during position meetings and snore while assistant coach Joey Porter was instructing.

“It feels like he went to the Patriots just to spit in Coach Tomlin and Mr. Rooney’s face,’’ DuPree said. “That’s all it was to us.’’


“At the end of the day, he just did a lot of stuff that really wasn’t Steeler-like,’’ DuPree told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “It’s no one’s fault on our team, why he got cut. He cut himself. He came in, he didn’t want to do anything that made us better.’’

Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey did not approve of the way Harrison left, either.

“He wanted that,’’ Pouncey said when asked about the organization’s decision to release Harrison. “It wasn’t like the team said, ‘We are going to let go James Harrison.’ James Harrison wanted out. It’s funny to read the stories. It’s something he wanted to do. It’s not like they got together and said, ‘Ah, we are going to go cut James.’ That’s not what happened. He has to come out and admit that.’’

“If you didn’t want to be here, just come out and say it. Don’t make it look like it’s the team’s fault. You think the organization wanted to get rid of James Harrison? Let’s be serious.

“If I wanted out, I wouldn’t let the team take the blame for it.’’


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Pouncey also said Harrison “erased his own legacy’’ with the Steelers, the only team he has played for prior to joining the Patriots.

“He erased himself,’’ Pouncey said. “He erased his own legacy here . . . It blows my mind.’’