The Man Called Snacks felt slighted after not being named to the NFL Top 100 Players of 2018. Harrison was ranked 96th in 2017 but was omitted despite being one of the best interior linemen in the NFL. He took to Twitter to vent his frustrations.
I will remind every lineman we play this year, while I’m whipping their ass, that they didn’t vote for me. Blame it on the Top 100. So don’t ask me “what’s your problem man” you should already know. When the list comes back y’all hands gonna shake when you think of me…
— Damon Harrison Sr. (@snacks) May 8, 2018
Harrison wasn’t a constant presence at the Giants’ organized team activities (OTAs). He was the only player who wasn’t present for the first day of OTAs, a fact he didn’t want to discuss with the media.
Harrison’s ire continued when he said he could “destroy” anyone in the UFC, including heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic. Perhaps the only thing that made Harrison happy this offseason was when he received his undergraduate degree from the William Penn University.
Thursday is the final day of the Giants’ mandatory three-day minicamp. Harrison got a chance to unleash some of that anger on another human being and took full advantage of it when he mixed it up with rookie offensive lineman Will Hernandez.
Harrison and Hernandez, who is quickly gaining a reputation for being “cranky”, did some extracurricular pushing and shoving before Hernandez’s helmet came off. Harrison picked up the helmet and, allegedly, swung it at Hernandez’s head. After the helmet missed Hernandez, the two began throwing punches before being separated.
Harrison and Hernandez were sent to the sideline where Harrison was given a talking-to by head coach Pat Shurmur.
Skirmishes in camp are a common occurrence. The 6-foot-3, 340-pound Harrison is not known for backing down when confronted and the 6-foot-3, 327-pound Hernandez has already been in a couple of fights this spring. The problem is Harrison swinging a helmet at a teammate’s unprotected head. There’s no telling what might have happened if Harrison made contact. Hernandez could have been seriously injured or worse.
It is ironic that this happened on the final day of the mandatory mini-camp. Both Harrison and Hernandez will have six weeks to calm down before training camp begins. Cooler heads prevailed today but it’s difficult to imagine these two not mixing it up when the team reassembles in the dog days of summer to prepare for the regular season.