Admitting that you purposely tanked a play to injure a teammate is just about the worst thing you can do as an NFL player on the field. But that's exactly what former Lions offensive tackle Lomas Brown, now an ESPN analyst, said in a recent radio appearance that he did.
Brown told ESPN's Ryen Russillo that he was so sick of the way that Lions quarterback Scott Mitchell was playing during a 1994 game that he let Packers defensive end Sean Jones beat him on purpose and slam into Mitchell.
"We were playing Green Bay in Milwaukee. We were getting beat 24-3 at that time, and [Mitchell] just stunk up the place," Brown said, via the Detroit Free Press. "He's throwing interceptions, just everything. So I looked at Kevin Glover, our All-Pro center and I said, 'Glove, that is it.' I said, 'I'm getting him out the game.' ... So I got the gator arms on the guy at the last minute, he got around me, he hit Scott Mitchell, he did something to his finger ... and he came out the game. [Lions backup quarterback] Dave Krieg came in the game."
The reason why Brown told this story is that Russillo was asking him about not calling out quarterbacks on his team. Brown said he simply sent a message by letting the quarterback take a vicious hit from a defender.
"Just let the guy hit him. Just let the D-lineman get a shot on him," Brown said. "I'd make it look good. I had some actor in me."
As Dave Birkett of the Free P notes, the score was actually 24-0 and the precise date of the game was Nov. 6, 1994.
Not that Mitchell probably cares about the specifics -- he ultimately has to feel completely betrayed by the one guy who's supposed to be, literally, getting his back. Brown was more than willing to add insult to injury, though.
"As you can tell, I'm just not a big fan of Scott Mitchell. He's just not on my Christmas list. He won't be getting any Christmas presents from me this year," Brown said.
It's a pretty good bet that Brown isn't on Mitchell's list, either.