SANTA CLARA – Jim Harbaugh was asked about the Seattle Seahawks’ recent scandals with performance enhancing drugs Tuesday afternoon. Here’s what Harbaugh said.
Q: There have been a few reports this offseason about the Seahawks and PED problems. Is that a concern for you knowing that they’re a chief division rival?
HARBAUGH: I’ve definitely noticed it. 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, Adderal. 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.
Q: How do you address that stuff with your players?
HARBAUGH: It has no place in an athlete’s body. Play by the rules. 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.