The Seahawks and PEDs


Listening to sports radio last week, I heard yet another opinion regarding the Seahawks and PEDs. In this scenario, the radio personality opined that Pete Carroll was actually the source of the problems with the Seahawks players indulging in PEDs because he permitted it. I may be wrong on the actual verb. He might have said condoned, allowed, overlooked, pardoned, tolerated, etc. Pick your word; the position of the radio personality was clear… Pete was ultimately responsible for the PED use in the Hawks locker room.

I could not disagree more. And I have two points I’d like to make.

First, I understand the suspensions the Seahawks have racked up make great radio fodder. We have to fill the airwaves with something, right? And I guess there’s only so much you can say about OTAs, the depth of our team, the fabulous draft and the championship off season. I also recognize that creating controversy is part of the job sports broadcasters take on. No controversy, no callers. Totally get it. But I think Seattle is being singled out as the capitol of PED use and by default, I guess Pete would be president or the chief dispenser or some such nonsense.

I did some research and noted that there are a few teams that have multiple PED suspensions, yet when I do an internet search for NFL PED use, The Seahawks are 18 of the top 20 search results. I take that to mean that we are getting the bulk of the sports media attention for this issue. I’m not denying the issue exists, just saying that somehow we’re getting the spotlight on this. I’d much rather get the spotlight for our football prowess!

Secondly, not only do I have difficulty visualizing Pete telling the guys “I’m okay with this, just don’t get caught,” I don’t think he’s the deciding factor in whether or not players decide to use PEDs. Bluntly, I think the players are ultimately responsible for their PED use not matter how permissive or strict the team culture is. Taking a position that there’s something wrong with our team culture or Pete as a leader is just silly. The decision and the solution both rest firmly with the players.

I’m pleased that the senior players called a meeting with their teammates to discuss this issue. At the end of the day, I believe peer relationships are going to have much greater impact on this issue than anything else.

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  • JK

    I reckon loads of nfl teams and players do this, I think the Seahawks are just going to be tested more often after their amazing rise last year and Shermans comments mean the nfl is going to pursue them harder! It’s not like it’s one of goodels favourites like the broncos or 49ers now! Seahawks can’t be allowed success over them in his eyes

    • Hawkman54

      He is starting to remind me of David Stern a bit!

  • Wyatt Converse

    Dude, I was about to go strait to the comments and say, ENOUGH WITH THE PEDs ALREADY!!! Somehow I managed to start reading the article first and now I get it and I’m not so mad at you, but damn, are we still talking about this bs? The last thing a coach is gonna do is take a risk on losing one of their integral players by telling them to take, or just don’t get caught taking pills or whatever. It’s gotta be his dream too to win a superbowl and be the best and he doesn’t want anything jeopardizing that.
    Anyway, I agree with you, but I think you might catch some flack when someone sees the article and doesn’t read it before they tell you to stuff it.
    Peace bruh

  • Hawkman54

    Keith laid out the time line and oops and wrongs about a week ago! when all that is taken in to account , It really is like the Hawks have Three PED’s . BUT get on Bleacher report and there are a FEW so-called Hawk fans( so they say) that were CRUCIFYING Them and coach Carroll. I find that Ridiculous . Like it or not if someone isn’t on the team when they are taking theses drugs and even one takes the test while not a Hawk I think someone with amodicum of comon sense would take that into account!

    • ricefield

      Agree with you Hawkman and all the others about this PED b.s. I like the players only meeting about this situation. I think the problem is guys not getting prescriptions for this PED. I’d like to know how many players are taking Adderall legally. I guess I’m a little cynical about a banned drug that’s ok if it’s prescribed. That’s sounds like a huge back door to me.