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James Harrison has an issue with the random testing process

James Harrison

Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker James Harrison (92) sits on the bench during an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Pittsburgh, Monday, Nov. 12, 2012. The Steelers won 16-13 in overtime. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


Steelers linebacker James Harrison has announced he’s playing at least one more season, which means Harrison is subject to the NFL’s drug testing program.

Tuesday night, Harrison posted a series of Instagram videos and tweets to explain that when testers came to his house, he wanted to record the process. Harrison wrote in a series of tweets that he was told he couldn’t record the PED testers at his house and posted a video with each of his four tweets.

We get one side of the story through Harrison’s social media postings, and from those it’s clear that Harrison is not a fan of either being subject to these tests or the way they’re conducted. As for the other side of the story, Harrison said some phone calls weren’t answered once he started making them.

Harrison has never been afraid to challenge the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell, but the videos don’t make clear exactly what went on Tuesday. In one video Harrison said he was told the test could be counted as positive if he tried to record it. He wrote that he “heard the last guy got fired” so he didn’t record it.

Harrison said he called DeMaurice Smith, head of the NFL Players Association, asking for guidance on what to do next, and that Smith had contacted an attorney. Harrison likes to post to Instagram, so stay tuned to his page to find out what Smith’s answer might be.