The dust has long since settled on the controversial statements made by James Harrison in an interview with Men's Journal, but that doesn't mean Harrison is completely in the clear just yet. The Steelers issued a statement that they would not be suspending Harrison for his remarks about the commissioner, but it's not yet known whether Goodell and the league office will be similarly kind. On Friday, Harrison tried to help his cause by apologizing for his remarks during the Steelers second day of training camp:â†µ
"The interview that I did and the comments that I made about Roger Goodell were inappropriate, at the least," Harrison said. "They were way out of line, and I was speaking out of anger and frustration at the time. Any comments that I made that offended anyone, I apologize."â†µ
We'll see what happens, but I wouldn't be surprised if Goodell does in fact suspend or fine Deebo for his remarks. I don't disagree with Harrison's assessment of the way Goodell handles discipline issues, but you just can't call a commissioner (or anyone for that matter) a homophobic slur like that and get away scot free. Perhaps the fact that the remarks were made while there was a work stoppage will save him. Whatever though, the incident is behind him. The most important thing is not giving the Rooneys any reason to have to consider parting ways with the fearsome linebacker.
What's more important is the non-issue between Harrison and his teammates for the comments he made about Ben Roethlisberger and Rashard Mendenhall:â†µ
"That's all behind us," he said Friday. "Those comments [toward teammates] were taken out of context with a long conversation. It's not anything I haven't talked to those guys about or my teammates about."â†µ