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Friday, July 29, 2011
Will commish accept Harrison's apology?

By James Walker
ESPN.com

LATROBE, Pa. -- Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison issued a public apology for his controversial comments toward NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

But will Goodell accept?

In a magazine interview with Men's Journal, Harrison called Goodell a "crook," "puppet" and several other things we'd rather not print in our family-friendly AFC North blog. The comments made national headlines during the NFL lockout and put Harrison in line for a potential fine or suspension.

But on the first day of Steelers practice Friday, Harrison thought it was best to get it out of the way and publicly apologize to Goodell, which was a very smart move.

"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."

Now the ball is in Goodell's court.

Harrison has to wait and see if the NFL will do anything about his controversial statements. Most believe a suspension would be a stretch, but a fine could be possible.

Speaking of fines, Harrison was the most fined player in the league last year. His big hits cost him a total of $100,000, which led to Harrison's disdain for Goodell and the league office.

Goodell can do Harrison a favor by looking the other way on this one. In addition to Harrison's public apology, maybe Goodell can do his part to help patch up one of the NFL's rockiest relationships.