Jim Harbaugh Speaks On Seattle Seahawks’ PED Issue

May 22, 2013; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh smiles after he addresses the media during organized team activities at the 49ers training complex. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Seahawks are no stranger to self-inflicted adversity. Most recently coming at the hands of Bruce Irvin, who was suspended four games after failing a PED test.

San Fransisco 49ers’ head coach Jim Harbaugh has taken notice of his rivals’ struggle with performance enhancing drugs and offered his thoughts.

“I’ve definitely noticed it,” Harbaugh told Bay Area reporters 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.

… “It has no place in an athlete’s body. Play by the rules,” Harbaugh said. “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.

Via Will Brinson | CBS Sports

There have been reports that the Seahawks have gathered together on multiple occasions to tackle the issue and that Pete Carroll is making a 24/7 commitment to eliminating any PED use. Small changes like this on a league-wide scale, coupled with awareness, should ultimately go a long way in limiting the use of performance enhancing drugs and help in protecting the integrity of the sport.

Topics: Jim Harbaugh, Seattle Seahawks

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  • skeletony

    Anyone know how many PED related incidents have happened to San Fran? Because the Hawks have THREE (maybe four if we stretch things) which puts them right at the average for NFL teams. The problem is that the folks counting such things are including players who were not even any part of the Hawks organization when they were tested or were practice squad guys trying to make the team and were then cut by the Hawks.

  • The DaniBadger

    Oh Jesus….stick to commenting about YOUR team, Harbaugh. I’m glad that so far or to my knowledge, no one from the Seahawks camp is taking the bait and giving the media the pleasure of stooping down to his level by reacting to this. To Harbaugh: This “scandal” is being handled by Coach Carroll and if your team is good, you won’t worry about someone taking the equivalent of drinking a bunch of Red Bull. Quit stressing, we don’t wanna see you throw another one of your infamous fits and pop a freaking artery on national television. Why can’t you be more like your brother?

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