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Bill Parcells: Don’t say I looked the other way on LT’s drug use


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.

“When I was suspended, hell, it wasn’t even my urine. I switched urine but I switched it with the wrong person, I guess,” Taylor said.

Taylor makes no secret of the fact that he broke NFL rules by using illegal drugs, and he makes no secret of the fact that he circumvented the NFL’s drug-testing policies. That happened under Parcells’s watch, but Parcells insists he wasn’t looking the other way.

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12 Responses to “Bill Parcells: Don’t say I looked the other way on LT’s drug use”
  1. toonloonboon says: Sep 29, 2013 7:27 AM

    ok Bill. you looked right at it then and allowed it to happen. happy?

  2. Jon DiPietro says: Sep 29, 2013 7:27 AM

    “Looking the other way would not be the right way to pursue that situation”

    Parse those words carefully and you’ll notice he never said he didn’t look the other way.

  3. orivar says: Sep 29, 2013 7:42 AM

    Can’t stop a person from using drugs, only they can.

  4. nahcouldntbethat says: Sep 29, 2013 8:10 AM

    Say what you will about him but Bill Parcells has never looked away from anything in front of him that had to be dealt with.

  5. lenbias34pt says: Sep 29, 2013 8:19 AM

    He surely knew LT was a party monster. Was he unaware LT was doing blow every day?
    Possible, but clearly he SHOULD HAVE KNOWN!

  6. 1bigtex says: Sep 29, 2013 8:26 AM

    There is quite a bit of difference between “I didn’t know” and “I didn’t want to know”.

  7. greymares says: Sep 29, 2013 8:37 AM

    seems to be using a strong offense is the best defense method.

  8. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 29, 2013 8:54 AM

    Methinks Parcells doth protest to loudly.

    Of course he knew. For an utter and total micromanager like Parcells to not know what LT was up too is a ridiculous claim.

  9. beachsidejames says: Sep 29, 2013 9:49 AM

    Known by Bill or not he loved LT and never would want that for him. There is only so much you can do to help stop someone from hurting themselves.

  10. blackhawks2010 says: Sep 29, 2013 11:12 AM

    Parcells is an egomaniac, he would never sit LT, ever.

  11. kershawtom75 says: Sep 29, 2013 12:35 PM

    most of the people leaving comments have their own hidden agenda, and can not relate to people like Bill. An honest man with values.

  12. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 29, 2013 3:40 PM

    Here come the Giants haters…

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