Jim Harbaugh made quite the ruckus in Seattle this week when on Tuesday he offered some frank comments about the rash of drug suspensions the Seahawks have been accumulating over the last couple seasons.
The Seahawks have seen six players fail drug tests since December 2011, including Harbaugh’s former pupil at Stanford Richard Sherman. Adderall seems to be the most popular drug of choice in the Seattle locker room (even though we all know that’s more than likely just a convenient excuse to cover up more illicit substances, like weed, ‘roids and yadda yadda yadda, which we’ll never know for sure because the NFL doesn’t disclose these things).
Anyway, via the Sac Bee, here are the comments Harbaugh made on Tuesday about Seattle’s alleged PED use that widened the gap between him and whoever is in second place on Seattle’s least favorite human beings list:
“It has no place in an athlete’s body,” Harbaugh said. “Play by the rules, and you always want to be above reproach, especially when you’re good. Because you don’t want people to come back and say, ‘Oh, they’re winning because they’re cheating.’ That’s always going be a knee-jerk reaction by people in my experience ever since I was little kid.
“So we want to be above reproach in everything,” he continued. ” … Because if you cheat to win, then you’ve already lost, according to Bo Schembechler. And Bo Schembechler is about as close to the word of God as you can get in my mind. It’s not the word of God, but it’s close.”
He went on to say:
“You don’t know what it is,” Harbaugh said of the drugs in question. “Even when people say what it is, you don’t know that’s what it is. But that’s usually the agents of 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 someone at their word, and I don’t know you can take them at their word, understanding the circumstances.”
Obviously, the remarks made their way to the Adderall den that is the Seahawks locker room during offseason workouts this week. And cornerback Brandon Browner, who himself was busted by the NFL’s drug KGB and missed the Seahawks final four regular season games last season, was completely P.O.’ed about them. Full disclosure: As Bay Area Sports Guy points out, Browner was unaware of Harbaugh’s remarks before KJR’s Dave Softy Mahler hastily summarized them when talking with Browner:
Q: Well, he basically insinuated that it’s more than Adderall, and he talked about cheaters and all that kind of stuff. When you hear that stuff from a guy like Jim Harbaugh, what’s the reaction from you guys to that type of stuff?
Browner: I don’t have anything other than we’ve got to win football games. He’s a coach. He’s never going to be out there lined up against me. I wish he would. I’d put my hands around his neck. At the end of the day I’m about winning football games, man.
I’m sure Harbaugh has made lots of people want to wring out his neck in his coaching days. But actually publicly saying it is another thing.
Anyway, Browner’s emotions likely got the better of him and he probably regrets the violent nature of his comments, though likely not for expressing his contempt for Harbaugh. The Seahawks-49ers rivalry has become the hottest of its sort in the NFL. It’s a rivalry that goes back even further than last year’s NFC West race, to when Harbaugh and Pete Carroll hated each other in the Pac-12. The Seahawks and Niners have become the Lannisters and the Starks of football.
While we’ll stop short of condoning violence, especially between a physical specimen that is an NFL player and a 49-year-old man who only wears khakis, we still thank Brandon Browner for further fanning the flames of the enjoyable hatred between these two teams.
H/T SF Gate