Haslett Apologizes To Steelers After Steroid Admission
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METAIRIE, Louisiana (Ticker) - New Orleans Saints coach Jim Haslett apologized to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday after accusing the organization of using steroids in the 1970s.
Haslett admitted to taking steroids for a short time as a player with the Buffalo Bills when addressing reporters at the NFL owner meetings on Wednesday.
Haslett also said that "all the offensive and defensive linemen, linebackers" were steroid users during his playing career and specifically pointed his finger at the Steelers, who won four Super Bowl titles in six years in the 1970s.
"It (steroid use) started, really, in Pittsburgh," Haslett told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "They got an advantage on a lot of football teams. They were so much stronger (in the) '70s, late '70s, early '80s. They're the ones who kind of started it."
Haslett issued an apologetic statement on Thursday.
"I was not intending to do any harm to anyone or any organization in the NFL with these statements and if I did I offer my sincerest apology," Haslett said in the statement. "I have the utmost respect for (Steelers chairman) Mr. (Dan) Rooney and what he has meant to the NFL and offer my apologies to him and the Steelers.
"My intent yesterday (Wednesday), as it is today (Thursday), is to highlight how far our drug testing policy has come, how stringent it is and how effective it is."
A former Pro Bowl linebacker, Haslett played for the Bills from 1979-85. He reiterated on Thursday that steroids were used by players in his years in the NFL.
"We would be naive to think that enhancing drugs were never used in our league," Haslett said. "But the difference between us and baseball is that the NFL recognized the steroid use was detrimental to our league and has implemented policies to ensure that it never would be an issue."
The NFL began to suspend players for steroid use in 1989 and introduced random testing a year later.
First-time offenders are suspended for four games. A total of 44 players have been banned since the policy was instituted. No one has tested positive more than once.
Second-time offenders would receive a six-game suspension. Third-time offenders would get a one-year ban.
WTf this guy ia a bad coach and i didtn even think he played football . so he can go screw himself and his job whe the saints move to LA.