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Saints' McCray apologizes

New Orleans Saints defensive end Bobby McCray issued a written apology on Wednesday concerning disparaging comments he made on a social networking Web site about the officer who arrested him after a traffic stop this week.

In the statement released by the EAG sports management agency in California, McCray said he regretted that private messages about his arrest were unintentionally posted on Twitter.

“I have respect for the men and women who serve the New Orleans Police Department and I never meant to convey otherwise,” the statement said. “My attorneys are now handling the matter and I have faith that the legal process will rectify the situation in my favor.”

By Wednesday afternoon, McCray’s Twitter page had been taken down. However, a series of comments posted earlier included a reference to the arresting officer being a “short guy with a Napoleon complex” who got angry when McCray asked why he’d been ordered out of the car for a routine traffic stop. In another comment, McCray stated he was pulled over for “DWP,” or “Driving with pizza.”

McCray went on to call the charges “bogus” and claims he was not drunk. He also said he and his fiancee were on their way home and that she was feeding him some pizza as he drove.

Police have said McCray refused to take a Breathalyzer test, which under Louisiana law can result in a one-year suspension of one’s driver’s license.

The traffic stop occurred about 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday. McCray was booked on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, speeding, careless operation of a vehicle and not having his registration. He was released a few hours later.

No Fun League strikes again

Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson says he’s been fined $5,000 by the NFL for painting “DIII” under his eyes rather than using a standard strip of eye black during last weekend’s game at Atlanta.

Jackson, who said he intends to file an appeal, was surprised by the punishment because he’s been wearing “DIII” – which stands for his Division III college football background – since the Coe College product first broke into the league with Buffalo in 2007.

The NFL declined comment, saying it only confirms player fines on each Friday.

Extra points

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (left-knee injury) practiced in a limited role for the first time in seven weeks, although it seems unlikely he will play Sunday in Miami. … Buffalo Bills starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, who hurt his ankle 10 days ago in a loss to New England, returned to practice and hopes to play Sunday against Indianapolis. … The Cincinnati Bengals put rookie linebacker Rey Maualuga on injured reserve, three days after he broke his left ankle in a victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

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