In a recent interview with Baltimore radio station 98 rock Ravens head-coach John Harbaugh made an appearance regarding OJ Brigance's funds for ALS research. During the interview Harbaugh was asked about his views on cheating in the NFL.
"What happens even in the thing in New England, no matter whether those things had any impact on whether they won their championships or not, they've got asterisks now. It's been stained, so to me it's never worth it," Harbaugh said.
In the past few hours the statement has been blown up into the national media, and quite frankly, taken completely out of context. Harbaugh was quick to respond to the immediate up-roar:
"While on the 98 Rock show this morning to talk about the run to honor O.J. Brigance and raise funds for ALS research, I answered a question about playing within the rules and referred to the perception that the Super Bowl championships won by the Patriots and Saints have a stain. My reference was to the perception out there that came as the result of the league’s actions.
"I could have been more clear that I was referring to those viewpoints. I totally believe that the Patriot and Saint coaches and players earned those championships. Bill (Belichick) and Sean (Payton) both know that.
Although some believe Harbaugh should not have said what he did, their is truth to the statements. In 2007, Bill Belichick was fined $500,000 after the NFL had found that he and his assistant coaches spied on opposing teams to get their defensive signals. Just a few months ago, the NFL suspended Sean Payton for the up-coming season after the NFL had found that the Saints placed cash bounties to fellow Saints players for injuring opposing players
Harbaugh's comments were discussed on ESPN shortly after they made their way into today's headlines. Former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi gave his opinion on the matter.
"I'm very surprised by coach Harbaugh's comment because I mean he's a coach, and he knows how hard it can be to get to that championship game; when you drop a pass in the end zone, or you miss a kick. I mean it's tough to get their. It's tough to get to that Superbowl, and the shot at coach Belichick, I don't understand because when coach Harbaugh was interviewing for the job in Baltimore it was coach Belichick that vouched for him. Okay? So there's a little loyalty that coach Harbaugh needs to learn."
Teddy obviously did not listen to Harbaugh's comments carefully because Harbaugh never mentioned Belichick's name, he did although use the Patriots as the prime example.