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Thursday, July 28, 2011
Steelers deflect Harrison's comments

By James Walker


LATROBE, PA -- The Pittsburgh Steelers got together as a team for the first time since linebacker James Harrison made explosive comments about a bevy of people, including two of his teammates.

But the sentiment Thursday was, "that's just James being James.”

"James is a little bit of a different type of guy," Steelers defensive lineman Casey Hampton explained. "He does his own thing. But you know one thing: He's going to give it to you [on the field]. He's a good teammate, and I don't think anyone will disagree with that."

James Harrison
It seems the Steelers have written off James Harrison's comments.
In an interview with Men's Journal, Harrison ripped teammates Ben Roethlisberger and Rashard Mendenhall, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and several other current and former players. Harrison's comments made national headlines for days during a slow lockout period.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said the team is currently focusing on a lot of different things with the start of the league year and has yet to discuss if there would be any internal punishment for Harrison. But Tomlin doesn't anticipate any issues within his locker room.

"We have a unique group of guys who are uniquely close," Tomlin said. "I would imagine it didn't register as big a blip on the radar as you might imagine. Guys on the team know and love and respect James. They know how he is. To a degree some of the things he says they take with a grain of salt, to be quite honest with you."

Tomlin's biggest gripe was Harrison's harsh comments made towards Goodell, which Tomlin described as "inappropriate."

Harrison reported to camp but didn't talk with the media on Thursday. Several other players who had offseason issues such as receiver Hines Ward and Mendenhall also skipped the opportunity to speak publicly.

Here are other notes of interest from Steelers' camp: