Steelers' Porter apologizes for comments

Updated: December 13, 2006, 5:15 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Steelers linebacker Joey Porter is sorry if he offended anybody with his comments last Thursday -- except Kellen Winslow, of course.

Kellen Winslow
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"I didn't mean to offend anybody but Kellen Winslow," Porter told reporters after Steelers practice Tuesday.

"I would just like to say it was a poor choice of words in the comment I made toward Winslow. If I offended anybody, I apologize for that," Porter said.

Porter ridiculed the Browns following Pittsburgh's win Thursday night, calling tight end Winslow a derogatory name and saying the team is too soft to be a true rival to the Super Bowl champions.

The Steelers have won six in a row and 13 of 14 from their AFC North rivals.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the slur Porter used is a derogatory term sometimes uttered to describe homosexual men.

The NFL is reviewing Porter's comments and could fine the outspoken linebacker this week.

Porter jawed with Winslow for several minutes during the pregame warmups before Pittsburgh's 24-20 victory in Cleveland on Nov. 19. Later, Winslow and Porter both said they respected each other, but Porter repeatedly made fun of Winslow and called him names following Thursday's game.

Porter appeared to be upset by what he felt was a late block by Winslow against Steelers linebacker James Farrior during the second half, which prompted Porter to get into Winslow's face and yell at him.

"He came up and tried to shake my hand before the game, but he doesn't know me," Porter said. "You're not my friend, why are you trying to talk to me? He talks too much and doesn't do anything. He's weak, he's soft. He should move to wide receiver because he doesn't want to block anybody, he doesn't want to be a tight end."

Winslow, through a Browns spokesman, declined to comment on Porter's remarks.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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