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Jim Harbaugh: Unnamed sources “speak with forked tongue”

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Jim Harbaugh leaned back on a pair of his classic references, when asked Thursday about reports linking his name with the University of Texas.

After saying he “absolutely” wanted to remain with the 49ers long-term, he decided to chide reporters who traffic in something other-than-named sources.

“In Judge Judy’s court, hearsay is not admissible evidence,” Harbaugh said, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. “I think we can all agree that an unnamed source is hearsay.

“I see unnamed sources related to many of these topics. And it’s my point that an unnamed source is hearsay. And in the court of public opinion, why would you give any of that credibility? . . .

“Beware of unnamed sources. They speak with forked tongue.”

(Just ask Mike Shanahan, who never speaks off the record with reporters.)

Harbaugh’s apparently too busy coaching up the 49ers to come up with new material, as it was derivative of the “diabolical,” diatribe about the Peyton Manning reports, and his combine paean to Judge Judy.

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29 Responses to “Jim Harbaugh: Unnamed sources “speak with forked tongue””
  1. bigblackanvil says: Dec 19, 2013 4:32 PM

    One of the greatest truths of all times !!!!HTTR

  2. tennis22drew says: Dec 19, 2013 4:36 PM

    Harbaugh is a dork, but I do appreciate all his phrases. Jive turkey, football callous, seems to come up with something every week

  3. cornerstone2001 says: Dec 19, 2013 4:38 PM

    Totes Magotes !

  4. jda129 says: Dec 19, 2013 4:39 PM

    He strikes me as the kind of guy that would spend a lot of time in small claims court suing his neighbors over any minor offence if nothing else then to hear himself wax eloquent in front of the judge.

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 19, 2013 4:42 PM

    Once he got back to the privacy of the coaches room, Jim changed the wording slightly.

    “When I track down that ‘unnamed source’, first thing I’ma put a fork through his tongue. Not only that, but I’ll see to it that when he gets older he is going to look like Judge Judy.”.

  6. coachjohnharbaugh says: Dec 19, 2013 4:42 PM

    this is the 2nd best coach in all of football

  7. socatra says: Dec 19, 2013 4:42 PM

    Only people who know Tim Kawakami will agree with Jim Harbaugh. He likes to manufacture stories.

  8. rickyspanish says: Dec 19, 2013 4:43 PM

    If you love or hate Harbaugh, you’d have to admit he’s an interesting cat. He speaks his mind more often than not in a profession that’s traditionally bland on purpose.

  9. thepftpoet says: Dec 19, 2013 4:49 PM

    Jim Harbaugh is a great coach, will lead the 49ers to a Super Bowl.

    Pete Carroll on the other hand with be busted for supplying the Seahawks PEDs and with be one & done in the playoffs.

    #BankOnIt

  10. ratsfoiledagain says: Dec 19, 2013 4:50 PM

    I’m sure there were unnamed sources that said Harbaugh was not leaving Stanford for S.F.

    Just like there probably were unnamed sources saying he was leaving Stanford for S.F.

    Sometimes unnamed sources are right, and sometimes their wrong.

  11. steelerfanjo says: Dec 19, 2013 4:53 PM

    Harbaugh brothers are creeps. Always will be. Whiners, Babies, and they think they are entitled. Both teams are lucky Roger the Moron loves them. Goodell is the worst commissioner in history of all sports.

  12. jacqvoncc says: Dec 19, 2013 5:13 PM

    @thepftpoet

    Your obsession with the Seahawks is beyond creepy. Not one mention of the Hawks or Peter Carroll in this article yet you somehow feel the need to spew hater nonsense. The fact Seattle is the better team must really be eating away at you. The only thing you can bank on is your precious Whiners NOT being in the Superbowl this year.

    #9erdelusionality@itsfinest

  13. We Are Steeler Nation says: Dec 19, 2013 5:16 PM

    So it’s only in Judge Judy’s court?

  14. getyourownname says: Dec 19, 2013 5:22 PM

    Actually, Jim, hearsay is probably used all the time in Judge Judy’s court – it’s not a real court, it’s semi-reality TV. Do you really have enough spare time to watch it?

    And if you want to be seen as credible, just be sure not to invoke the Mike Shanahan protective clause.

  15. southpaw79 says: Dec 19, 2013 5:31 PM

    He is right.

  16. ravenswhat says: Dec 19, 2013 5:32 PM

    This guy is awesome.

  17. meatcarroll says: Dec 19, 2013 5:35 PM

    Pete Carroll is a great coach, will lead the Seahawks to a Super Bowl.

    Jim Harbaugh on the other hand was busted for DUI (seriously, go look it up) and will be one & done in the playoffs.

    Too bad they won their super bowl in week 14 and not week 2 when it actually mattered. Now SF is going to be a 12-4 wildcard team and get slaughtered on the road.

  18. nickmiller63 says: Dec 19, 2013 5:54 PM

    Regarding the final line: why on God’s green earth would he spend more time thinking up phrases for reporters than he does coaching? Geezus.

  19. burbankvikings says: Dec 19, 2013 6:40 PM

    @ jacqvoncc

    “Your obsession with the Seahawks is beyond creepy…..”

    ———————————————————————–

    This is an article about the 49ers and it’s coach. Who’s the one that’s obsessed?

  20. dukeearl says: Dec 19, 2013 6:58 PM

    burbankvikings says:
    Dec 19, 2013 6:40 PM
    @ jacqvoncc

    “Your obsession with the Seahawks is beyond creepy…..”

    ———————————————————————–

    This is an article about the 49ers and it’s coach. Who’s the one that’s obsessed?
    **********************
    Nobody mentioned anything about the hawks, nor did any Seahawk fan (for that matter) say anything about anything.

    It does appear that pftpoet is obsessed with the Seahawks.

    Not sure which team pftpoet actually pulls for (minnesota or SF) but he has been making comments against the seahawks all year long.

    So jacqvoncc’s question is not out of line.

  21. burbankvikings says: Dec 19, 2013 7:22 PM

    @dukeearl

    “Nobody mentioned anything about the hawks, nor did any Seahawk fan (for that matter) say anything about anything.”….”So jacqvoncc’s question is not out of line”

    What are you talking about? Guess you didn’t read what he said”

    “Your obsession with the Seahawks is beyond creepy. Not one mention of the Hawks or Peter Carroll in this article yet you somehow feel the need to spew hater nonsense. The fact Seattle is the better team must really be eating away at you. The only thing you can bank on is your precious Whiners NOT being in the Superbowl this year.”

    This is not a question from jacqvonc, this is someone posting a comment on a 49ers article and an attempt to trash the 49ers. There’s really no difference what jacqconcc did. Why is he here?

  22. wininer says: Dec 19, 2013 8:19 PM

    He coaches hard. Expects games to be officiated properly, and gives his heart and soul to his team. He expects more from the media than most are able to produce, and for that they just demonize the hell out of him, and pile on far more than he has earned.

    There isn’t a coach in the NFL that id rather have.

  23. asimonetti88 says: Dec 19, 2013 8:24 PM

    jacqvoncc says:
    Dec 19, 2013 5:13 PM
    @thepftpoet

    Your obsession with the Seahawks is beyond creepy. Not one mention of the Hawks or Peter Carroll in this article yet you somehow feel the need to spew hater nonsense. The fact Seattle is the better team must really be eating away at you. The only thing you can bank on is your precious Whiners NOT being in the Superbowl this year.

    #9erdelusionality@itsfinest
    ————————————————–

    He’s a Vikings fan. Leave 49ers fans alone, you guys talk about us enough already…

  24. jacqvoncc says: Dec 19, 2013 8:49 PM

    Burbankvikings…

    First of all I didn’t realize its against PFT rules to read postings that aren’t directly related to the team I root for. Secondly, I only attempted to trash the Niners in response to a random bashing of the Hawks and Pete Carroll. I just felt the need to point out that this was infact a 49ers article so there was no need for that hater to even mention Seattle. And before you open your mouth in regards to a comment that wasn’t even directed towards you, go ahead and take a look at every Hawks posting on this site and tell me that your team’s fan don’t make it a point to include their nonsensical two cents. Thepftpoet can’t post a single comment without mention of the Hawks. AND I’m the obsessed one…riiiight.

  25. beastmode5150 says: Dec 20, 2013 12:15 AM

    Whines all day.

  26. hendeeze says: Dec 20, 2013 3:19 AM

    I would expect nothing less from Tim Kawakami, he missed his calling as a fiction writer.

  27. hotninergranny64 says: Dec 20, 2013 11:30 AM

    Harbs is a great coach who is very wise, hardcore and, old school ….just because his phrases and wording is over your heads doesn’t make him a dork ! He took a 2-14 team and has made them SB contenders for years to come ! Haters are going to hate no matter what that is because they are insecure with themselves so they attack others to compensate for their shortcomings! Great thing about Harbs he speaks his mind and doesn’t like to give to much info to the media so they can twist it around…I call that smart! Ppl should worry about their own image before bashing anyone else!

  28. ripster65 says: Dec 20, 2013 11:17 PM

    Could it be that once the “unnamed source” is named, his sources might realize they should no longer share certain privy info with said “unnamed sorce”?

  29. alvarezbig says: Dec 21, 2013 1:56 AM

    No @meatcarroll the superbowl isn’t won in week 14, it’s won in February, silly Seahawk fan, poor guy, you need a trophy bad huh

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