Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro linebacker James Harrison has issued an apology for some of the comments he made in a Men's Journal article. Harrison made offensive comments toward NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, including an anti-gay slur. He also ripped teammates Ben Roethlisberger and Rashard Mendenhall.

In an apology statement first released by FOX 31 in Denver, Harrison said, "I'll start by offering my apologies for some of the words that I said during the four days in May that Men's Journal was invited to my house to discuss what the NFL has recently been portraying as their attempts at 'player safety' rules and regulations, and to cover my everyday workout routine.

"I did make comments about my teammates when I was talking about the emotional Super Bowl loss, but the handful of words that were used and heavily publicized yesterday were pulled out of a long conversation and the context was lost.

"Obviously, I would never say that it was all Ben's or Rashard's fault that we lost the Super Bowl. That would be ridiculous. We all have discussed several things that went wrong in the Super Bowl since that day. What I do apologize for and take full responsibility for is for speaking in such a candid manner to someone outside the team."

Harrison also stated that he did not mean to offend to offend anyone with the use of an anti-gay slur, and that it was a case of him being careless with a slang word.