Bears defensive tackle had said the Bears would win the Super Bowl with McNabb at QB.
Tommie Harris has learned two things in the past couple of days, and neither has anything to do with the X’s and O’s of football.
First, he’ll think more before he speaks. And two, he’d better keep his present job because he’s not as much of a comedian as he thought.
The Chicago Bears Pro Bowl-defensive tackle has been busy easing damage ever since he “made a joke” while in Philadelphia last week at a Donovan McNabb Foundation golf outing. With McNabb clowning around behind a camera, Harris said the Bears would win the Super Bowl with his buddy McNabb at quarterback.
After someone in the media alerted him the next day about the perception of what he said, Harris immediately called Bears quarterback Rex Grossman to apologize. After all, just how would Grossman react to such a proclamation?
Harris since then has apologized to teammates, and again to Grossman after Monday’s organized team activities at Halas Hall. Harris, surrounded by half the reporters on hand, called to Grossman to come over to him. Grossman was talking to the other half of the media present.
Eventually they shook hands.
“He’s my guy,” Grossman said.
“He’s my guy,” Harris said. “It was a joke.”
No Carlos Zambrano-Michael Barrett fisticuffs like with the Chicago Cubs. This incident seems to be over, if it ever was one.
When initially asked about the situation, Grossman said, “I don’t really have a comment about that.”
Grossman acknowledged that Harris spoke to him.
“He came up to me and said something to me. I’m not really going to comment on it,” Grossman said.
Did he view it as a joke?
“I’m just not going to comment on it,” Grossman said once again.
Did he need to hear from Harris?
“I know Tommie, and we have a good relationship,” Grossman said. “I’m not going to say anything else. It never really started. It’s not that big of a deal.”
Harris said it was “embarrassing” how big the story became.
“They thought I was serious,” he said of Philadelphia media. “I don’t know why. I wasn’t. I’ll be careful the next time I joke around.
“My teammates forgave me, and that’s all that matters.”
Cornerback Nathan Vasher was unaware of what transpired.
“Was it bad?” he wondered. Hearing quick details, he said, “No comment at all.”
Bears receiver Muhsin Muhammad offered his veteran viewpoint.
“If it wasn’t for stuff like this,” he said, “what would you guys (media) have to talk about? This is just entertainment at the highest level. That’s what this is all about.
“I don’t know why we do what we do sometimes.”
Reed Schreck is the NFL writer for the Rockford Register Star. He can be reached at 815-987-1381 or email@example.com.