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