Days after former Oakland Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown told Sirius XM Radio that then head coach Bill Callahan "sabotaged" the Raiders in their Super Bowl XXXVII loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by changing the game plan, Callahan responded with a statement saying the suggestion he would not try to win the Super Bowl is “ludicrous and defamatory”.
“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 via ESPN. “To leave no doubt, I categorically and unequivocally deny the sum and substance of their allegations.”
Jerry Rice backed up Brown's statements after they were made. Callahan went on to say the allegations should be retracted.
“Any suggestion that I would undermine the integrity of the sport that I love and dedicated my life to, or dishonor the commitment I made to our players, coaches and fans is flat-out wrong,” Callahan said. “I think it would be in the best interests of all, including the game America loves, that these allegations be retracted immediately.”
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