San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh didn’t exactly hold back when asked about the issues surrounding the Seattle Seahawks with performance-enhancing drugs.
The Seahawks lead the league in drug-related suspensions since 2011, with five of their players getting busted.
“I’ve definitely noticed it,” Harbaugh told the media on Tuesday. “You don’t know what it is. Even when people say what it is, you don’t know that that’s what it is. I’ve heard this thrown out or that, but that’s usually the agent or the players themselves saying it’s, for example, Adderall. But the NFL doesn’t release what it actually is, so you have no idea. You’re taking somebody at their word that I don’t know if you can take them at their word, understanding the circumstances.”
Not taking somebody at their word would be wise to do, as certain players like Richard Sherman continue to deny that they have ever taken PEDs or Adderall. Sherman failed a drug test last season, but was not suspended after he won his appeal.
Regardless, Harbaugh agrees that athletes should not be illegally enhancing their performance.
“It has no place in an athlete’s body. Play by the rules,” he continued. “You want to be above reproach, especially when you’re good, because you don’t want people to come back and say, ‘They’re winning because they’re cheating.’ That’s always going to be a knee-jerk reaction in my experience, since I was a little kid. We want to be a above reproach in everything and do everything by the rules.”
“If you don’t, if you cheat to win then you’ve already lost, according to Bo Schembechler. And Bo Schembechler is about next to the Word of God. It’s not the Word of God, but it’s close.”
Here’s video of Harbaugh making the above statements: