Steelers spoke to Harrison about domestic violence

FILE - In this Dec. 27, 2009, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison (92) rushes against the Baltimore Ravens during an NFL football game in Pittsburgh. Harrison is itching to get back to work. The commute could be an easy one. The five
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PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin spoke to James Harrison about the ''climate change'' around domestic violence before re-signing the veteran linebacker.

Harrison was arrested in 2008 on assault and criminal mischief charges following an altercation with his then-girlfriend. The charges were dropped after Harrison completed anger management classes. He was not suspended by the team.

Tomlin praised Harrison for his growth since the incident and said he does not anticipate ''it being an issue'' following Harrison's return to the team Tuesday following a brief retirement.

Steelers president Art Rooney II and Giants owner John Mara are overseeing an independent investigation into how the NFL looked into the domestic abuse case against former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice.

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