Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris apologized on Monday, a day after he was ejected for punching Arizona Cardinals guard Deuce Lutui.
The Bears’ defense struggled with Harris gone, and the Cardinals won 41-21. Harris acknowledged that he put the Bears in a tough spot by getting ejected just 1:05 into the first quarter.
“Yes, I felt like I hurt my team,” Harris said, per the Chicago Tribune.
Harris said he was embarrassed at the thought of what people who saw him punch Lutui must think of him.
“I just want to apologize to my fans, first off [and] the little kids out there that saw that action, that I behaved in that manner,” Harris said. “I apologize to my teammates. … I’ll make up for it.”
Harris said he apologized to Lutui personally as well. He also said he apologized to Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald, a close friend of Harris’s.
For his part, Lutui didn’t seem to take it personally, saying after the game that he thought it was unfortunate Harris had to be ejected. But Harris seems to know he deserved the ejection. He also said he expects to be fined, and after that, he hopes he can move on.