|Understandably, Scott Mitchell is upset at Lomas Brown's admission. (US Presswire)|
Former Lions offensive lineman Lomas Brown made a surprising admission last week when he admitted to trying to get his own quarterback, Scott Mitchell, hurt by tanking plays in a game vs. the Packers in 1994. It was hard to believe, and not surprisingly, Brown came under plenty of fire for his disturbing actions.
Not surprisingly, the one who Brown was trying to get hurt didn't appreciate Brown's sentiments.
First, a refresher of what Brown, now an ESPN analyst, said on a recent radio interview.
"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. "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.
"Just let the guy hit him. Just let the D-lineman get a shot on him. I'd make it look good. I had some actor in me."
There were some inaccuracies with Brown's story, regarding the score at the time, but the intent of his past decisions hadn't changed. And Mitchell was disgusted to hear the story.
“It just really hurt,” Mitchell said on the Dan Patrick radio show, via Pro Football Talk. “It was extremely disappointing. I'm really shocked by it, to be honest. Here's a guy I've had in my house, I had a big dinner for the offensive linemen every year, he came to my house and ate dinner, I gave my offensive linemen gifts every year. For him to do that is just reprehensible, beyond words. It's really disappointing, it really is painful. When you mess with my family, mess with my livelihood, mess with my health, it's unacceptable. It's B.S. I just wouldn't do it to a teammate. I wouldn't do it. If Lomas has a problem with me, come talk to me. To try to get someone hurt, it's just mind-boggling.”
On the play that Brown tanked, Packers defensive end Sean Jones ran by Brown and broke Mitchell's finger. Krieg entered and threw three touchdowns in Detroit's eight-point loss. Before he left, Mitchell was 5 of 15 for 63 yards and two interceptions, and he didn't return to the field for the rest of the season.
"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 in that radio interview.
In the aftermath, Mitchell said several former teammates have reached out to him to give him support. And for good reason.
“People get seriously hurt in this game,” Mitchell said. “For someone to just lay down like that, it's unacceptable.”
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