James Harrison Has A Fear Of Flying, Not Of White House

Just when James Harrison became 1000% scarier due to his seemingly bizarre decision and reasoning to not visit the White House with his Steeler teammates, we find out he's not the anti-authoritarian lunatic we thought.

No, in a follow-up interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Harrison says the whole thing has been blown out of proportion but he still says he's not going. HOWEVAH. This apparently isn't about politics, Obama's front-running, Bush, 9/11 or any other conspiracies corroborating Harrison's perceived political agenda or even his dumbfounding ignorance. Nope:

A well-placed source, however, later revealed the real reason for Harrison's reluctance to make the trip: He has a fear of flying and is a "wreck" whenever he must take team flights

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Really. Still, that didn't stop Harrison from reverting to the third person and spouting off some other gem-filled quotes when he confronted the press corps after Steelers practice:

Silverback spoketh :

"Hey, James ain't changed," Harrison responded. "I guess my profile did but I didn't change. I'm not going because I don't want to go."

He added, seemingly in a joking manner, that the White House is not in the safest area of Washington, D.C.

"It's not a good neighborhood over there either," Harrison said. "It's a bad neighborhood."

Harrison said he was surprised at the reaction to his declining an offer to visit the White House.

"They're making a big deal out of this: 'Oh, my, James Harrison is not going to the White House, he must be a devil worshiper!'"

And then our of nowhere George Brett stormed into the locker room and yelled "Fuck you and fuck them!"

Fear of Flying Is Why Harrison Will Skip White House Visit [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]