HALF-ASSED APOLOGIES

NFL’s James Harrison: I Should Have Used “Faggot” More Carefully

Pittsburgh Steeler linebacker James Harrison called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a “faggot” in a recent interview with Men’s Journal. Now he’s offered up the requisite apology saying it was “a careless use of a slang word.” So… that means there’s a more careful way to call the NFL commissioner a “faggot”?

Here’s the faggy sections of his apology:

I also need to make clear that the comment about Roger Goodell was not intended to be derogatory against gay people in any way. 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…

Unfortunately, the above items and other comments have detracted from the original purpose of the story – a position I have been advocating for some time now. If player safety is the NFL’s main concern, as they say it is, they are not going about it in an effective manner…

As far as the character and reputation hits I may suffer as a result of my comments in the article, I’ll take those hits and more if it brings increased attention to the re-examination and installation of rules and regulations that would create a REAL impact on player safety.

You heard it here, folks. If saying “faggot” brings increased attention to NFL player safety, it was totally worth it. Ah-ha.