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TAKING GREAT OFFENSE
Jill Lieber
November 25, 1985
Since 1982, rumors that Joe Montana supposedly uses drugs have been heard from time to time around the country. Some rumors have even found their way into print.
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November 25, 1985

Taking Great Offense

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Since 1982, rumors that Joe Montana supposedly uses drugs have been heard from time to time around the country. Some rumors have even found their way into print.

As Montana and the defending Super Bowl champion 49ers have floundered this season, the stories have surfaced anew. Did you hear Montana was seen in such-and-such restaurant, doing cocaine in the bathroom? Did you hear he was busted in San Mateo? In Monterey?

Last week coach Bill Walsh and Montana felt obliged to address the question in press conferences and, it was hoped, put the drug rumors to rest. Walsh guessed the talk of drug use might have started with gamblers trying to change betting lines. However, some sources say the culprit is a gossipy writer who has covered the team.

Says Montana, "It gets to be too much. If you go to a restaurant and you have to go to the bathroom, you're damn sure not going to get up and go, because of everything that's happening. That's immediately what they're going to think [that he's using drugs in the bathroom]. It's gotten to the point where it's not worth going out."

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