Tim Brown on Bill Callahan: “I have never said he sabotaged the (Super Bowl).”
Former Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown clarified his previous comments about former Raiders coach Bill Callahan, saying that he did not intend to say Callahan threw the Super Bowl.
“I have never said he sabotaged the game,” Brown said in an interview Wednesday on the Dan Patrick Show
The allegations that Callahan had sabotaged the game surfaced Monday, when Brown said the coach changed the game plan in order to hurt Oakland’s chances of winning.
“We all called it sabotage, because Callahan and (Jon) Gruden was good friends, and Callahan had a big problem with the Raiders, hated the Raiders, and only came because Gruden made him come,” Brown said at the time.
Jerry Rice, also a member of that Raiders team, backed Brown’s comments.
Brown said Wednesday that the idea of sabotage “was a question. It wasn’t a statement that was made. That’s not something that can be proven.” Multiple members of the team had raised the issue in the aftermath of the game, Brown said.
Brown told Patrick that the team was upset about changes made to the game plan on the Friday before the Super Bowl, which Oakland lost 48-21 to former coach Jon Gruden and the Buccaneers. Brown conceded that he couldn’t be sure whether Raiders owner Al Davis may have been a factor in scrapping the game plan so close to the game. “It’s not out of the realm of possibilities” that Davis told Callahan to switch to a pass-heavy scheme, Brown said.
Callahan had previously denied the allegations in a statement that read, in part:
“While I fully understand a competitive professional football player’s disappointment when a game’s outcome doesn’t go his team’s way, I am shocked, saddened and outraged by Tim Brown’s allegations and Jerry Rice’s support of those allegations made through various media outlets over the last 24 hours. To leave no doubt, I categorically and unequivocally deny the sum and substance of their allegations.”