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Bill Parcells: Don't say I enabled Lawrence Taylor's drug use

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10:29 AM ET 09.29 | All these years later, Bill Parcells still gets angry at any suggestion that he looked the other way when the best player he ever coached, Lawrence Taylor, was using drugs during his NFL career. The new documentary LT: The Life and Times explores whether the Giants knew about Taylor's drug use and enabled him because of his on-field ability. Parcells appears in the documentary and is asked whether he looked the other way when Taylor used drugs, and Parcells grows visibly angry as he answers. "I didn't want drugs on my team. I wanted to do everything I could to eliminate them on my team," Parcells said. "Looking the other way would not be the right way to pursue that situation, and I don't care what anybody says. I know, he knows, and the people involved close to him know. So that's all I'm going to say. But frankly, that pisses me off when people say that." Taylor says in the documentary that the NFL never found out about most of his drug use. Taylor says he routinely got away with cheating drug tests by using other people's urine, and that when he finally got caught, it was only because he used urine from someone else who also turned out to be a drug user.

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September 29, 2013  10:45 AM ET

I love Bill Parcels. He is my favorite coach of all time. However, we can't rerwrite history. He shouldn't be attempting to say anything at all on this issue. He did what he thought he needed to do at the time. What he did was in the best interest of the Giants at the time. Most likely all he could have really done to LT was cut him, and that wouldn't have helped the Giants at all and would have looked stupid from the outside looking in for people who didn't know the situation with LT's "habits".

September 29, 2013  11:02 AM ET

Taylor says he routinely got away with cheating drug tests by using other people's urine. The tell was when they said he was clean...but pregnant.

September 29, 2013  11:02 AM ET
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Ok...but ya did.

agreed

September 29, 2013  11:30 AM ET

Urine test are a nasty habit. Especially in a country claiming freedom and liberty at the top of its lungs. I personally don't care if they eat OxyContin by the handful as long as they show up and do their job.

September 29, 2013  12:05 PM ET

The benefit of getting older is that you can remember things the way you want to remember them.

September 29, 2013  12:09 PM ET
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Urine test are a nasty habit. Especially in a country claiming freedom and liberty at the top of its lungs. I personally don't care if they eat OxyContin by the handful as long as they show up and do their job.

Isn't it amazing howquickly we toss out the constitution when we get into a zealous feaver over an issue? Has the war on rugs done aything ? How about that war on crime or effort for energy independence?

September 29, 2013  12:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Urine test are a nasty habit. Especially in a country claiming freedom and liberty at the top of its lungs. I personally don't care if they eat OxyContin by the handful as long as they show up and do their job.

I respectfully call BS.

An employer who has a contract with an employee has the right to administer tests. In an industry which relies on public perception, that's their right.

It has absolutely nothing to do with freedom and liberty, as they can work for Whataburger and take all the drugs they want to their heart's content. They chose to play in the NFL, which means they chose to play by the rules that are on the CBA and contract they signed.

September 29, 2013  01:19 PM ET
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I respectfully call BS.An employer who has a contract with an employee has the right to administer tests. In an industry which relies on public perception, that's their right.It has absolutely nothing to do with freedom and liberty, as they can work for Whataburger and take all the drugs they want to their heart's content. They chose to play in the NFL, which means they chose to play by the rules that are on the CBA and contract they signed.

The online job application for Whataburger includes a section where the applicant agrees to be subjected to random drug tests. Just sayin...

September 29, 2013  03:15 PM ET

Bill knew and enabled but then again, so did everybody else. It's not like the owners and coaches throughout the league weren't trying to pump guys up with whatever stuff they could to get a win. It doesn't make Bill a bad guy, it's just what was going on throughout the league.

September 30, 2013  08:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I respectfully call BS.An employer who has a contract with an employee has the right to administer tests. In an industry which relies on public perception, that's their right.It has absolutely nothing to do with freedom and liberty, as they can work for Whataburger and take all the drugs they want to their heart's content. They chose to play in the NFL, which means they chose to play by the rules that are on the CBA and contract they signed.

Agreed. Except for the 'Whataburger' part.

These players are sign a contract and are compensated damn well for it. If they don't like the stipulations within said contract, they're more than welcome to not play in the NFL. No one's forcing them to.

 
September 30, 2013  08:55 AM ET
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Bill knew and enabled but then again, so did everybody else. It's not like the owners and coaches throughout the league weren't trying to pump guys up with whatever stuff they could to get a win. It doesn't make Bill a bad guy, it's just what was going on throughout the league.

I think what Bill Parcells is trying to say is

"it wasn't my urine"

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