(CBS) – Former Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown’s comments suggesting his old coach Bill Callahan threw Super Bowl XXXVII have made their way around the NFL landscape.
Speaking on Sirius XM Radio on Monday, Brown inferred Callahan “sabotaged” the game between the Raiders and the Buccaneers.
“We all called it sabotage, because Callahan and (Tampa Bay coach 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.
Those comments certainly didn’t sit well with Brown’s teammate from that Super Bowl team, linebacker Napoleon Harris.
“To be honest, I was actually shocked,” Harris told The McNeil and Spiegel Show. “I know a lot of guys put in a lot of heart and soul and a lot of hard work. When you talk about the Super Bowl, it’s the biggest game, the biggest spectacle on earth, when you think about it. To say that one guy sabotaged the efforts of 53 men – I don’t really think that’s a fair assessment of what happened. It just happened to be that we went against a good team. … They just beat us.”
Following Brown’s comments, Callahan, too, has gone on record denouncing the allegations.
“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,” Callahan said Tuesday in a statement. “To leave no doubt, I categorically and unequivocally deny the sum and substance of their allegations.”