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Drew Rosenhaus manages to make James Harrison sympatheticDrew Rosenhaus went on a Miami radio show Thursday morning to criticize James Harrison's(notes) comments about Brian Cushing(notes), one of Rosenhaus' many NFL clients. In the same Men's Journal article in which he ripped teammates, called Roger Goodell a devil and posed for pictures with two guns, Harrison said Cushing was "juiced out of his mind."

The super agent took exception to the comments during an interview with Joe Rose of WQAM in Miami. (Rosenhaus quotes in bold, via PFT. Our comments follow in regular type.)

"I thought [Harrison's] comments were way out of line."

He's right. For an NFL player to say he wouldn't micturate upon his commissioner if he was on fire is the height of bad taste. Commenting about how your quarterback can't throw down the field and your running back fumbles all the time isn't much better. And, sure, I suppose taking a shot at Brian Cushing, star of the 30th-ranked defense in the NFL, was unnecessary.

"He doesn't know the first thing about Brian Cushing or Brian Cushing's situation."

If we assume that Harrison is aware Cushing was suspended four games last season for use of PEDs, that's at least one thing he knows.

"And to me that's an awful thing to do to talk about people that you don't know, and that you don't know the first thing about them or their situation."

Rosenhaus is citing the landmark Dre v. Haters case of 2001 in which the court ruled that one should "keep my name out of yo' mouth and we can keep it the same."

"And I think that the league should discipline players who just run their mouth and insult other people and take shots at other people, really in a careless fashion and in a way that is uneducated."

DeSean Jackson(notes), Rosenhaus client, during a radio interview earlier this month, as transcribed by MJD: "Say 'no [naughty word that rhymes with 'Romo'], [naughty word that rhymes with 'hay']-[naughty word that rhymes with 'pass'] [naughty word that rhymes with 'maggot'].'"

"I don't believe that anybody should go public and knock other people. If you have something negative to say about people, then you should do it in person. You should do it privately, you should do it face-to-face, eye-to-eye.  I'm not a fan of using the media to rip on other people."

"Except for me, right now," he didn't add.

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