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Dear BTSC

Please note that I would post this on Behind the Steel Curtain, but I cannot because I am banned from that site.

A few days ago, on Behind the Steel Curtain, there was a front page article by the site's founder and editor, Michael Bean.

Here's that post: http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2010/12/2/1850281/james-harrison-is-not-only-an-outstanding-football-player-hes-also-a

The post contained a letter supposedly either written or approved by James Harrison and posted on his "official" Facebook page.

I was skeptical of the legitimacy of the Facebook post for a few reasons. None of the major sports news outlets had reported on it. It's very easy it to impersonate an athlete online. Lastly, this "official" page had only 1,200 fans at the time the article was posted.

I expressed this concern, and it was quickly shot down. At first, I just wanted some reason to believe the letter in question either was approved or had originated from James Harrison. I made a huge mistake saying that I hate Steelers fans, and the conversation quickly deteriorated. I said screw it. I posted things worthy of being banned, and I was quickly banned.

Well, the Facebook page linked to in the main article does not exist anymore. I obviously can't say for sure why that page isn't there anymore. It might've been deleted by James Harrison. Oftentimes, however, when an "official" Facebook page disappears quickly, it's because it was fraudulent in nature.

I'm not going to post this on my website for easy hits. I'm not going to gloat and I'm not going to say I told you so. I'm only going to suggest you 1) re-evaluate the way you approach people that don't post on your site very often and 2) Don't say stuff like this:

you’re right, most athletes are idiots and pay d-bag marketing schleps to do their social media, which is pretty much the worst thing you can do. But you shouldn’t speak so dang convincingly on this particular instance because this definitely was written by Harrison.

Thanks.

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