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Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Haslett defends former players

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

St. Louis coach Jim Haslett has been gone from New Orleans for nearly three years, but he came to the defense of some of his former players Wednesday.

Haslett was asked about the suspensions of six players around the league, including New Orleans' Deuce McAllister, Charles Grant and Will Smith for testing positive for a banned substance.

"I don't like commenting on some of these things because I don't know the situation with (Minnesota's) Pat and Kevin (Williams),'' Haslett told the St. Louis media. "Three of the guys I did have in New Orleans and I know those guys; they're not taking steroids. I promise you that and they're not trying to hide anything. With Deuce and Charles it's always been a weight issue and they always try to keep their weight down, so they were probably taking something to keep their weight down. But I'm not speaking for them because I don't know that. But, when I was with them at the time, I know they were trying to do the right things, but those guys have weight issues.''