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Rooney's Comments Regarding Domestic Abuse Draw Criticism
Published March 25, 2008
|Rooney Draws Criticism For
Comments Regarding Abuse
DOUBLE STANDARD? ESPN.com's Matt Mosley wrote Rooney's attempt to "explain that Harrison's heart was in the right place ... had to be one of the worst PR moments in club history." Perhaps the club's PR staff was "taking a long Easter weekend, but someone needed to talk Rooney ... off the ledge. Whether or not he meant to, Rooney sounded as if he was justifying domestic abuse in certain situations" (ESPN.com, 3/21). In Pittsburgh, John Steigerwald wrote Rooney's explanation "didn't pass the laugh test." Steigerwald: "It's obvious the Steelers showed more tolerance for Harrison because he's a more valuable player" (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 3/24). A PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE editorial stated Rooney "made the right call on [Wilson], but it's hard to understand why he made a different one on" Harrison." Rooney "knows more details about his players' situations than does the public. But the explanation he gave for what looks like a double standard ... was unsatisfying. If there's more to it, Steelers fans need to hear it" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 3/22).