James Hudson's mother fires back at Jim Harbaugh for depression comments
Jim Harbaugh wasn’t afraid to stir the pot a little bit at B1G Media Days, first taking a shot at Urban Meyer and then possibly taking a slight at former Michigan player James Hudson, who left the program this offseason due to mental health issues.
In a radio interview from B1G Media Days, Harbaugh addressed some concerns over the transfer portal and players earning immediate eligibility for bringing up mental health as a reason for departing a program. He said that that, once the NCAA allows it, players are likely to use it as a potential excuse so they can step on the field right away.
“Once that’s known it’s ‘Say this,'” Harbaugh said in a radio interview. “And then, to get eligible — the problem I see in that is you’re going to have guys who are ‘OK, yeah, I’m depressed.'”
This offseason, Hudson transferred to Cincinnati for mental health reasons. Initially, his waiver for immediate eligibility was denied by the NCAA, but the appeal is still being reviewed.
Naturally, Hudson’s mother was disgusted with comments Harbaugh made regarding mental health. She spoke out in an interview with Jordan Strack of WTOL.
“Not just a mom, but as a professional that deals in mental health, this is why people don’t come out and say these things,” Glenda Hudson said. “It upsets me because athletes, of all people, there’s lots of athletes that suffer with depression that I’m sure don’t say things. But again, hearing these type of things, they won’t.”
To be fair to Harbaugh, he did say that he believes the NCAA should allow players to transfer with immediate eligibility on a one-time basis. It seems that Harbaugh’s concern is a potential snowball effect with players being dishonest about mental health or depression.
Below is more from Hudson and why she was so upset with Harbaugh’s comments:
Glenda Hudson was upset when she heard Jim Harbaugh's comments on mental health today. Her son, James, left Michigan and claims the NCAA is blocking his immediate eligibility at Cincinnati because he never reported issues at Michigan. For the first time, she's speaking out: pic.twitter.com/9nTjTbs8wP
— Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) July 20, 2019