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How careless can you be for crissakes!?!

Steelers' assistant apologizes for raunchy e-mail to Goodell, others

By ALAN ROBINSON, AP Sports Writer

May 31, 2007

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Larry Zierlein apologized Thursday for accidentally e-mailing an explicit sex video to numerous NFL employees, including league commissioner Roger Goodell.

Zierlein said the incident has been difficult for him and his family and that he intends to use his team-issued computer only for football business from now on. He sent a note of apology to all NFL employees and those with the Steelers who received his raunchy e-mail.

"It's hard because I made an inexcusable mistake," Zierlein said, discussing the matter for the first time. "It was hard first for the organization. They had to explain and go through ... and my family, for what they're going to have to hear. So it was tough, but when you've been at this stuff for as long as a lot of us have, tough things happen and you've got to move on and that's what we're doing."

The incident is the first blemish on new Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and his staff, and it clearly bothered team chairman Dan Rooney -- a Hall of Fame executive and one of the league's most respected owners. It is uncertain if the Steelers, or the NFL, will discipline Zierlein, though Rooney has talked to him.

"I'd rather just keep it within," Zierlein said, asked what the Steelers said to him. "I will say this is a very supportive organization."

The problem occurred two weeks ago when Zierlein -- a 61-year-old grandfather -- intended to forward the video clip, which was e-mailed to him by another Steelers employee. However, Zierlein accidentally e-mailed the video to numerous league personnel, causing staff members with other NFL teams to begin discussing the foul-up.

"It was 100 percent unintentional," Zierlein said. "I don't even know how to mass e-mail. I don't know these machines very good, it was just a 100 percent unintentional thing. Hit the wrong button. It's something I really regret for obvious reasons: for the organization, for my family, for the whole thing. It's been a tough deal, but it's like anything else. You learn from it and you move on."

Zierlein did not explain why, when after he initially viewed the video he didn't delete it rather than attempting to e-mail to someone else.

"I'm not very good at these machines and I hit the wrong button," Zierlein said. "There's nothing else to say, no other explanation."

Zierlein was hired in January after Tomlin replaced Bill Cowher as coach. Zierlein has been a coach since 1970, working at the Texas high school level, collegiately at Houston, Cincinnati, Tulane and LSU, and in the NFL with the Bengals, Bills, Browns and Steelers.

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A 61 year old grandfather looking at porn huh ?? Say it isn't so !!! Good for him !!! Anyway, big screw up while using a work related computer. If I were to make that same mistake, I would no longer be in the Army. Oh well, an embarrassment for him and his family. Stay at home and surf porn dude !!!


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He said it...............It's an inexcusable mistake and would rather "just keep it within." He should resign now. LOL The only reason this made it into the media is because it was sent to people not within the Squealers organizational mafia.

I'm all for porn....but not at work. LOL

I'm taking it that he immensely enjoyed the porn clip on his team issued computer so much, he hit that infamous "wrong button"and sent it to people he didn't mean to send it to. Come on people..............The big button on my computer that sends mass email to my whole address book has a big red X over it just so I don't do the same exact thing. Geez, we all know it takes several steps to send email, not just a big WRONG button.

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