Tim Brown is getting up there in age so I’m going to try to give him a pass on this one. Yesterday we reported that Brown accused his former Raiders coach Bill Callahan of sabotaging Super Bowl 37.
Today on the The Dan Patrick Show, Brown sort of got amnesia, because via Pro Football Talk, Brown says he never stated that Callahan sabotaged the Super Bowl.
“I have never said that he sabotaged the game,” Brown said Wednesday morning on theDan Patrick Show. “All I’m saying is, all I was saying after the game was, you know, the question was asked about this situation, but no one ever said — and I said on the radio show last Saturday night — that’s something that could never be proven. We can’t go inside the mind of Bill Callahan and say, ‘Oh, yeah, we knew exactly what he was thinking, what he was trying to do.’ All I’m saying is, the question was asked. But of course the media hears ‘sabotage’ and ‘Bill Callahan’ and ‘throwing the football game,’ now they’re saying ‘Throwing the football game’ and that terminology was never used. But that wasn’t the intent.”
Ok I’m confused, but like I said I’m going to give Brown the benefit of the doubt. I went back and look at the excerpts we have. It seems like in the first sentence of his radio interview, Brown implied via himself and other teammates that Callahan indeed sabotaged the game. you be the judge.
“We all called it sabotage . . . because Callahan and [Tampa Bay coach Jon] Gruden were good friends,” Brown said. “And Callahan had a big problem with the Raiders, you know, hated the Raiders. You know, only came because Gruden made him come. Literally walked off the field on us a couple of times during the season when he first got there, the first couple years. So really he had become someone who was part of the staff but we just didn’t pay him any attention. Gruden leaves, he becomes the head coach. . . . It’s hard to say that the guy sabotaged the Super Bowl. You know, can you really say that? That can be my opinion, but I can’t say for a fact that that’s what his plan was, to sabotage the Super Bowl. He hated the Raiders so much that he would sabotage the Super Bowl so his friend can win the Super Bowl. That’s hard to say, because you can’t prove it.
“But the facts are what they are, that less than 36 hours before the game we changed our game plan. And we go into that game absolutely knowing that we have no shot. That the only shot we had if Tampa Bay didn’t show up.”
So not only did Brown imply sabotage, but he also implied that his head coach hated the organization that he worked for so much that he might consider tanking a game.