Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tomlin Acknowledges '08 Domestic Incident

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tomlin Acknowledges '08 Domestic Incident

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The Steelers talked to James Harrison about his domestic dispute in 2008 before bringing him out of retirement and signing him to a contract to rejoin his former team, coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday.

Harrison was charged in March 2008 with assaulting his girlfriend, Beth Tibbott, in a domestic dispute at her Ohio Township home.

The assault charge eventually was dropped when Harrison completed anger-management counseling, and Tibbott declined to prosecute.

Domestic violence has become a major issue in the NFL because of the recent and highly publicized incidents involving Ray Rice, Greg Hardy and Ray McDonald. Commissioner Roger Goodell has come under fire for his handling of those incidents, especially the one involving Rice.

Steelers president Art Rooney II and New York Giants owner John Mara were appointed by Goodell to oversee a private investigation of the league's handling of the Rice matter.

In regard to re-signing Harrison, Rooney said Tuesday:

"The NFL's new policies on domestic violence apply to all of our players and all employees. …

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