Steelers linebacker James Harrison blew up a normally calm Wednesday when his interview in Men's Journal revealed some incredibly explosive quotes about Roger Goodell, NFL policies and his teammates.
After the mess had flown through, in and around the proverbial fan, Harrison did what any smart public figure does: claim his Facebook account got hacked backtrack quickly on his comments.
Per Merrill Hoge of ESPN (by way of Adam Schefter), Harrison gave his teammate Ben Roethlisberger a buzz Wednesday morning to talk about the interview and claimed, according to Roethlisberger, "the writer twisted many of his comments" and that he didn't mean to dogpile on Ben the way he did. (He ripped his two interceptions in the Super Bowl and likened the Steelers' quarterback to Peyton Manning … in paygrade only.)
According to Schefter, Roethlisberger is "taking Harrison at his word" and that their relationship is "fine."
Rashard Mendenhall, who Harrison called a "fumble machine," is also apparently cool with the comments, saying on Twitter that he doesn't "have a problem with what [Harrison] said because I know him."
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So, the good news is that Harrison appears to be relatively in the clear when it comes to his teammates.
The bad news is that he's not exactly safe yet when it comes to the Steelers, who didn't sound thrilled about what Harrison had to say (kind of like when you call your dad and tell him your first-semester-at-college grades before you get home for Christmas).
And the even worse news is it's going to be really, really tough for Harrison to figure out how to explain away his most aggressive comments -- refusing to pee on Roger Goodell if he's on fire, devil, clown, etc., -- which were directed squarely at the man who's going to be running the NFL in 2011.
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