|Robbins, who disappeared days before the Super Bowl, has no memory of what happened. (Getty Images)|
Former Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown claimed in January that coach Bill Callahan sabotaged the team's chance to win Super Bowl XXXVII after changing the game plan late in the preparation process. And those changes, according to Brown, affected center Barret Robbins, who disappeared to Tijuana two days before the game.
"Barret Robbins begged Coach Callahan, 'Do not do this to me. I don't have time to make my calls, to get my calls ready. You can't do this to me on a Friday,'" Brown said.
Jerry Rice, who was a member of the Raiders at the time, supported Brown's claim. But he was the only one.
Two other teammates -- quarterback Rich Gannon and linebacker Bill Romanowski -- disagreed (with Romanowski calling the accusations "complete crap"), as did Jim Harbaugh, a coach on Callahan's staff at the time.
Where the truth lies, Robbins can't offer any insights because he has no memory of what happened in the days surrounding the Super Bowl.
“I would be absolutely wrong to tell you that that was the case,” Robbins said during an interview with Sports Radio 610. “If Tim Brown goes on record and says that he changed the game plan on Friday, I don’t remember. Because you’ve got to understand, I was going through a manic episode that had lasted more than two weeks. At that point in time, when we went to the Super Bowl, I was having to shoot my foot up, I was having acupuncture, going through a lot of pain. It was a lot of stress. Pain is a big trigger when it comes to bipolar (disorder) -- that was something I was going through, as well as self-medicating.”
Despite having no recollection of events, Robbins also doesn't have any reason to think Brown is lying.
“I’m not going to say that I remember the exact meeting that took place, but I haven’t heard anybody deny it,” Robbins said.
Which must mean that Robbins doesn't have access to the Internet because there were plenty of objections to Brown's remarks, including those from Callahan, who called them "ludicrous and defamatory." And Brown later backtracked, claiming that he never used the word "sabotage."
Hopefully, this will be the final word on a topic that seemed far-fetched when Brown first brought it up.
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