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NFL Player Sorry For Using Slur Against Commissioner

NFL Player Sorry For Using Slur Against Commissioner


After a candid interview with Men's Health magazine, Pittsburgh Steelers player James Harrison took to Facebook to express his apologies for slamming his teammates for their Super Bowl loss and using antigay slurs against the commissioner of the NFL.

Harrison said he agreed to do the article for the magazine to talk about player safety rules and regulations, as well as to share his daily workout tips. But in the article, Harrison displayed his disdain for NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, by saying, "If that man was on fire and I had to piss to put him out, I wouldn't do it," Harrison told the magazine. "I hate him and will never respect him."

He also called Goodell an antigay slur in the article. Writer Paul Solotaroff described Harrison's language during that day, in which he calls Goodell a "devil," "dictator," and "Faggot Goodell."

On Thursday, Harrison apologized for his use of the slur.

"I also need to make clear that the comment about Roger Goodell was not intended to be derogatory against gay people in any way," he wrote. "It was careless use of a slang word and I apologize to all who were offended by the remark. I am not a homophobic bigot, and I would never advocate intolerance of gay people."

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