I have the utmost respect for Rodney, as a player and as a person.
He's been terrific on the field and off, with his play and all the
help he's given to younger players. But, I cut him no slack on this.
It was a stupid thing to do; for his health, his reputation, and for
the impact it has to the team on the field.
He has discussed performance enhancers before. I remember him saying
that he always takes any new supplements to the training staff first,
so they can determine if it's legal to use before taking anything.
Very hypocritical of him, and I'm very disappointed. I understand why
he did it, but as you said, the risk vs reward doesn't wash. He made a
mistake, and he's paying for it, so I won't condemn him. But it is
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "George" <patswingr@...> wrote:
> ***** Like Rodney, I am very disappointed in his decision. I am
> certain that it was driven by his competitive spirit. He wanted to get
> himself back onto the field as soon as possible. Unfortunately, that
> was so strong that it overcame his common sense, and led him to take a
> chance (on being caught) where the risk (a 4-game suspension)
> reward (perhaps a 2-3 week difference in getting back on the field).
> ***** As he usually does, he handled the results with class. I'll
> having him out there for 4 games. But I remain a staunch fan of Rodney
> Harrison, the football player, and the man. Had this been for
> cocaine, or even a true steroid, I'd feel very differently. But, as
> I think I understand, and applaud, his motivation for doing it;
> being disappointed in his inability to resist it, and stick with
> methods of healing.
> Dogs have masters ... Cats have staff!
> -----Original Message-----
> From: patriots-bounces@... [mailto:patriots-bounces@...] On
> Behalf Of Ghost of Patriots Past
> Sent: Saturday, September 01, 2007 9:06 AM
> To: Kirk; da List
> Subject: Rodney's Statement
> "This is Rodney Harrison. I'm basically here to let you all know that
> tomorrow the commissioner will announce that I've been suspended by
> for violating the league policy on banned substances. That
> be four games. I want to make it clear that not once did I ever use
> steroids. I did admit to the commissioner that I did in fact use a
> substance. My purpose was never to gain a competitive edge. Rather,
> was solely for accelerating the healing process of injuries I sustained
> while playing football.
> "I haven't made excuses nor will I make excuses. I made a mistake
> very sorry for that. I understand that I'm a role model to high
> college, to young kids. I don't condone my decision, my behavior.
> very embarrassed by it. I'm disappointed in myself and to any young
> any high schooler, any college athlete I sent the wrong message with my
> actions. And I would ask and I would want to be the example for them to
> never jeopardize what they believe in and never jeopardize their
> they always have to love themselves."
> Harrison also said he wanted to apologize to the Patriots
> its fans.
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