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Jim Harbaugh tells 49ers: “Beware with whom you associate”

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It’s been a rough offseason for the 49ers, who have had multiple players face legal issues. That means, as the team gets more than a month off between the end of minicamp and the start of training camp, coach Jim Harbaugh wants his players to be careful to stay out of trouble.

Beware with whom you associate,” Harbaugh told his players, via Lindsay H. Jones of USA Today. “Very important to know your surroundings. Friend or foe? There always seems to be a foe present.”

Is that message specifically for outside linebacker Aldon Smith, who will be sentenced on July 25 after he pleaded guilty to DUI and felony weapons charges? Not according to Smith, who says it was a message for the whole team.

“He was talking to everybody, because anybody can be in a situation,” Smith said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’m going to enjoy my month.”

Smith will enjoy his month, but it may be hard for Harbaugh: For NFL coaches, this is a period when it’s hard to relax, even though it’s their only break during the year, because they have to worry about what kind of trouble their players may get into in the coming weeks. Harbaugh hopes that when training camp opens in late July, there have been no other legal issues with anyone on his roster.

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39 Responses to “Jim Harbaugh tells 49ers: “Beware with whom you associate””
  1. 4ever19 says: Jun 20, 2014 8:07 PM

    Way not to end the sentence with a preposition, coach. That Michigan education is paying off.

  2. pridewatcher says: Jun 20, 2014 8:25 PM

    Nothing new and common sense told us the same thing prior to puberty. But maybe puberty is delayed for some of Jimmies boys.

  3. scw1993 says: Jun 20, 2014 8:25 PM

    Hey, it could be a lot worse, at least you don’t have that raven wifebeater Rice on your team.

  4. canadiannflfan says: Jun 20, 2014 8:35 PM

    On ending a sentence with a preposition:
    “This is the sort of English up with which I will not put.” –Winston Churchill

  5. drunkwino says: Jun 20, 2014 8:56 PM

    “Very important to know your surroundings. Friend or foe? There always seems to be a foe present.”
    ——————
    Too bad the “foe” usually around that bunch is law enforcement.

  6. lottsmissingfinger says: Jun 20, 2014 8:57 PM

    At what point are these guys not “kids” anymore? Too many sports talking heads refer to these knuckleheads (not just 49ers) as kids when they screw up. 18 year olds straight out of high school are trusted with multimillion dollar weapons systems in war zones but 22 year olds with multiple years in college can’t be trusted to stay out of trouble if they’re not in the weight room.

  7. higheriqthanyou says: Jun 20, 2014 9:02 PM

    How are they supposed to build chemistry of they aren’t allowed to hang out together?

  8. annunaki77 says: Jun 20, 2014 9:10 PM

    Former Chicago QB Mr Arrogant haha

    I love how he peels his face and mouth back,
    as if he is about to suffer a painful heart attack,
    and gives us the ugly show my teeth face.
    Can’t wait til somebody punches this dude in his mouth hahahahaaaa

  9. scoob766 says: Jun 20, 2014 9:18 PM

    Everyone’s mad because he’s telling his team to stay out of trouble and watch out for those around them? Hate to see what kind of kids you guys have raised…

  10. igotgamenj says: Jun 20, 2014 9:23 PM

    Beware with whom you associate, like the whack job we picked up from the Dolphins…Jonathan Martin

  11. golfore says: Jun 20, 2014 9:33 PM

    Harbaugh’s parting remarks: ” And men don’t forget the brass knuckles”

  12. nomoreseasontix says: Jun 20, 2014 9:48 PM

    Aldon Smith didn’t think it was directed at him?
    No surprise… The guy is clearly an idiot.

  13. samhackney says: Jun 20, 2014 10:01 PM

    Also, be careful not to shake someones hand or pat them on the back too hard!

  14. ravenmuscle says: Jun 20, 2014 10:23 PM

    Just stay away from Redskin, Steeler, or Patriot fans and you’ll always be OK.

  15. justinnelson71 says: Jun 20, 2014 10:35 PM

    I’ve gone out and had fun many nights in SF and have not got in trouble. If these players do it right you can have plenty of fun and not get into trouble. The only thing is these damn money grabbers trying to feed of the players.

  16. patriotsarespygaters says: Jun 20, 2014 10:49 PM

    this time last year aaron hernadez was plotting to kill odin lloyd and throw his life away…an idiot in the making

  17. thefox61 says: Jun 20, 2014 11:22 PM

    Great advice for EVERYBODY

  18. chinahand11 says: Jun 21, 2014 12:04 AM

    Why do they use pictures like this? Jim looks like he’s trying out for Braveheart 2.

  19. nflgiant says: Jun 21, 2014 12:05 AM

    Jim hardly a fool knows his players limited times to do the right thing

  20. cacheesehead1237 says: Jun 21, 2014 12:13 AM

    “Beware with whom you associate with”

    Ya like some of your own teammates.

  21. faithful209er says: Jun 21, 2014 12:20 AM

    Are we criticizing the coach for using correct English, now? For what will you haters not criticize him?

  22. whodat5150 says: Jun 21, 2014 12:39 AM

    Unfortunately, if you don’t have a solid upbringing, you are too easily influenced by your “friends.” When you’ve never had money and all of a sudden you have all this time and money, you attract people who are generally not good for you. The same exact thing happens to poor people who win the lottery or huge lawsuits. Irresponsible teens grow up to be irresponsible adults.

  23. number1hawkfan says: Jun 21, 2014 12:59 AM

    I see a no huddle offense and defense. I mean how can they even huddle up?

  24. bert1913 says: Jun 21, 2014 1:49 AM

    maybe the santa clara 49er players should look into a mirror

  25. arrow43050 says: Jun 21, 2014 1:54 AM

    Stranger Danger!!!

  26. JSpicoli says: Jun 21, 2014 2:24 AM

    Aren’t the 49ers colors gold and red?

  27. regishawk says: Jun 21, 2014 5:34 AM

    “The rooster crows at midnight”
    “I much fear trouble in the fuselage area, Frederick”

  28. pencilmonkeymagic says: Jun 21, 2014 5:43 AM

    “Always a path to the Dark Side, that is”

  29. annes22 says: Jun 21, 2014 8:19 AM

    He probably is concerned after all their off season problems. How’s that idiot Jonathon Martin doing? Anyone upset him or his parents yet?

  30. thetruthcampaign says: Jun 21, 2014 8:41 AM

    Because they could be wearing DAD PANTS.

  31. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 21, 2014 9:25 AM

    #cough #cough Alden smith #cough

  32. Ferdinand says: Jun 21, 2014 9:31 AM

    “Beware with whom you associate”

    — Does that mean we have the option of getting away from you, Coach?

  33. leagueobservr says: Jun 21, 2014 10:51 AM

    Jim Harbaugh tells 49ers: “Beware with whom you associate”

    That right. Because Harbaugh’s boys can do no wrong, it’s always the guy standing next to them…

  34. ripster65 says: Jun 21, 2014 10:59 AM

    cacheesehead1237 says:
    Jun 21, 2014 12:13 AM

    “Beware with whom you associate with”
    ————————————

    If you’re going to quote someone, you’re supposed to only put the actual words that person spoke into the quotation marks. It’s not a quote when you start adding words that you want to be there but really aren’t.

  35. raiderrob21 says: Jun 21, 2014 11:24 AM

    Everytime Harblow opens his mouth he sounds less and less inteligent.

  36. 1rockyracoon says: Jun 21, 2014 12:24 PM

    Was he trying to be funny? I hope he sees the humor in his statement because he’s saying nobody on the team should ever talk to Aldon Smith..ever.

  37. 34defense2014 says: Jun 21, 2014 1:00 PM

    Now Jonathan Martian is an idiot? Now I see why this Country is going down the tubes!! Oh how I long for the days we use to knock out Jocks in High School!!!

  38. sisqsage says: Jun 21, 2014 1:43 PM

    The speech came a little late for Aldon and Cully.
    Harbaugh should’ve been giving this speech routinely after he took over the team in 2011.
    It is a problem in all of pro sports. These guys get a huge payday shortly after getting drafted (while leaving college way too early), and don’t have the life skills to handle their new surroundings properly. Then the team and media are amazed when things go south and end up on the police blotter.
    “I am going to enjoy my month.”
    — Scary, scary words.
    Be interesting to see how many games AS gets suspended by Goodell after the court sentencing later this summer.
    AS has already been through voluntary rehab, which Goodell said would work in his favor for any future punishment by the league.
    So I would say 4-6 games.

  39. regishawk says: Jun 21, 2014 1:50 PM

    “Stitch in time saves nine”

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