The mother of a former Michigan Wolverines player who transferred has fired back at Jim Harbaugh following his mental health comments at Big Ten Media Days.
Harbaugh is in favor of a one-time transfer rule allowing players to leave and play elsewhere immediately, though he expressed frustration with some players attempting to use “mental health” as an apparent excuse.
“And the other piece that bothers me about it is, the youngster that says ‘this is a mental health issue, I’m suffering from depression.’ Or that’s a reason to get eligible,” Harbaugh said, via the Detroit Free Press. “And once that’s known that ‘hey, say this or say that’ to get eligible. The problem I see in that is you’re going to have guys that are ‘OK, yeah, I’m depressed.’”
Harbaugh has since been criticized for this comments.
Former Michigan lineman James Hudson appeared to take Harbaugh’s comments personally, as he transferred to Cincinnati.
Glenda Hudson, James’ mom, fired back at Harbaugh in an interview with WTOL-TV.
“Not just as a mom but as a professional that deals with mental health, this is why people don’t come out and say these things, because people don’t believe them,” Glenda Hudson said. “So it upsets me because there are lots of athletes that suffer with depression I’m sure that don’t say things. But, again, hearing these type of things, they won’t. They will not do it in the future because you get, ‘Oh, he’s lying.’ You get blamed for feeling the way that you feel.”
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
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Harbaugh has since released a statement on his comments, attempting to clarify things.
— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) July 20, 2019
James Hudson’s waiver to play immediately at Cincinnati was denied by the NCAA. He reacted to Harbaugh’s comments on Twitter.
“You cannot be serious,” he wrote.