EX-PHILLIE PAPELBON APOLOGIZES FOR CHOKING TEAMMATE HARPER!

By Peter Gleason

Former Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon has finaly apologized — for something!

Washington Nationals reliever Papelbon told reporters yesterday that he’s apologized to the entire team for a late-season altercation with his NL MVP teammate Bryce Harper.

“I was in the wrong,” Papelbon said upon his arrivalfor spring training in Viera, Fla. “It should never have gone down that way and I understand that. I had a lot of time this offseason to reflect on that. . . . I have been in contact with Bryce, J-Dub (Jayson Werth) and (Max) Scherzer and all these guys. I think the main goal is to know everybody here has each other’s back.”

It was the first time Papelbon has spoke publicly about the incident in which he grabbed Harper’s throat during a game on Sept. 28. Papelbon was suspended four games without pay, a sanction Papelbon and the MLB Players Association filed grievance over.

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