Former Raiders receiver Tim Brown suggested a few days ago that then-Raiders coach Bill Callahan sabotaged Super Bowl XXXVII with a late change of the offensive game plan. On Wednesday, Brown said that’s not what he meant.
“I have never said that he sabotaged the game,” Brown said on the Dan Patrick radio 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.”
Callahan called the sabotage comments “ludicrous” on Tuesday night. Brown had said Callahan “hated the Raiders so much that he would sabotage the Super Bowl so his friend can win the Super Bowl.”
Former teammate Jerry Rice backed Brown’s claim in a Tuesday interview with ESPN, but ex-linebacker Bill Romanowski and former quarterback Rich Gannon said Brown’s comments were off base.
Brown went on to say Wednesday that he made the allegation to protect former Raiders center Barret Robbins, who disappeared the day before the Super Bowl.
“The fact of the matter is, this was all about Barret,” Brown told Patrick. “I mean, there were some things being said about Barret that I felt as if I had to tell the whole story so people could at least put in context what possibly could have happened to the kid two days before the biggest game of his life.
“But I didn’t say that Bill sabotaged the game.”