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Brown clarifies radio remarks

Tim Brown has been in touch with the Raiders and said he plans to issue a statement through his marketing people regarding remarks he made on an Atlanta radio station about how owner Al Davis felt about African-American athletes from Notre Dame.

“ESPN even played audio of the interview and next thing I know they’re saying I said A.D. is a racist,” Brown said in a return phone call Thursday morning.“All I did was say what people said to me after my first practice, some things that came as a shock. I talked about it with my advisors at the time and we determined it was hogwash.”

The following passage created the stir:

“Meeting Al was pretty unique. I found out five or ten minutes after my first practice there that he hated African-American athletes from Notre Dame,” Brown said in an interview with WCCN in Atlanta. “And they literally told me that. They literally told me that because we’re known for using our education more than our athletic ability that he thought that I would be one of these guys that would basically take the money and run. I don’t know if that was a ploy to get me amped up, but it certainly worked.”

Brown stressed that he used the word “they,” and that he never said the comments had come directly from Davis, nor does he believe they came directly from Davis.

During the course of the interview, Brown said he was discussing “crazy things that happened with the Raiders” and that being told after his first practice that Davis didn’t like African-American athletes from Notre Dame stood out in his mind.

Brown acknowledged differences with Davis over the years on various things, but said race was not one of them, noting his hiring practices and affinity for signing players form predominantly black schools in the 1960s.

Within the last two days, Brown said he has talked to “people in the Raiders office” and plans to do so again today.

It doesn’t sound as if Brown believes this will hurt his relationship with Davis.

When discussing first-round draft pick Darrius Heyward-Bey, Brown expressed hope that he’d be able to talk and work with the rookie at some point in the future.

Brown admitted he was initially surprised by the selection.

“From all I heard, I thought they’d be looking at (Michael) Crabtree or Jeremy Maclin,” Brown said. “But in researching it and seeing Heyward-Bey’s speed, he does look like someone Al would take a chance on, espeically when taking into account Crabtree’s health.”

Brown, not surprisingly, said he was partial to Maclin.

“The last time they drafted someone that high who could be a receiver and return kicks, it turned out OK,” he said.

UPDATE

The following is a statement released by Brown to sportsradiointerviews.com not long after our phone conversation:

I would like to give some face value to my recent comments on a radio interview: If you read the statement carefully, you will see it says “they said”, not Al Davis said. Early in my career , Al Davis and I may have had some contentious years , but none centered around him being racist.

I am fully aware of the history and Mr. Davis making moves over the years. I lived some of them. I have also seen Mr. Davis do things for his players, African-American players that only those in the Raider family would know.

Please, read or listen to the statement for what it is and not what everyone wants it to be.

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  • raidersince87

    you rite hill, way too many jump shots, and fish needs to retire after this year

  • raidersince87

    you guys are forgetting that the rockets are a good home team and probably more athletic and faster without yao, the lakers are getting battle tested which is a good thing, instead of the cakewalk the cavs are going thru

  • Ghost Rider

    Bet the HOSE on BOSTON -2.5 and the Lakers -12.5…………..I am!!!!

    EASY MONEY!!

    GO LAKERS!!!

  • Ghost Rider

    HOUSE!! LOL!!

  • raidersince87

    remember the game 7 against the blazers, awesome, those series against them and the kings, prepares a team for the next step, which is a championship

  • jhill

    Bynum can’t even get in the game ….

    Scola abused Gasol right off the bat and set the tone of a 17-1 start. That was ALL Scola vs. Gasoft.

    Come back down on the other end, throw it to Gasoft. Instead of going to work, instantly kicks it back out. You could clearly see that Gasoft wasn’t up for the fight from the tip. The guards noticed it, and started firing instead of going inside.

    When the Lakers are shooting long jumpers instead of pounding it inside, it’s 50-50 at best on the outcome.
    Gasoft should be DOMINATING Hayes, right? Causing the Rockets to double, which should open everything up. Like game 5. But Gasoft’s refusal to fight? None of it happens. You’ll need Kobe to get 50.

  • Ghost Rider

    Both Games will be BLOW OUTS!! I cant stand the Celts…..But I see 2 blow out games.

  • raidersince87

    jhill Says:
    May 15th, 2009 at 8:38 am
    Bynum can’t even get in the game ….

    Scola abused Gasol right off the bat and set the tone of a 17-1 start. That was ALL Scola vs. Gasoft.

    Come back down on the other end, throw it to Gasoft. Instead of going to work, instantly kicks it back out. You could clearly see that Gasoft wasn’t up for the fight from the tip. The guards noticed it, and started firing instead of going inside.

    When the Lakers are shooting long jumpers instead of pounding it inside, it’s 50-50 at best on the outcome.
    Gasoft should be DOMINATING Hayes, right? Causing the Rockets to double, which should open everything up. Like game 5. But Gasoft’s refusal to fight? None of it happens. You’ll need Kobe to get 50
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    i saw the same thing, and fish firing from 3 when were down by 15 is a joke, once again he made brooks look like an all-star

  • jhill

    PJs Lakers have NEVER been able to defend the pick and roll … never!

    Last year Gasoft had his way with an Allen Iverson led Nuggest team, and I distinctly remember KMart guarding Kobe. I could be wrong on that though.

    Regardless, this is a whole different Nuggests team, and Gasoft against Chauncey on the pick n roll will equal a loss for the Lakers in the series.

    Take it to the bank!

  • raidersince87

    no way hill, lakers are going to win that series, along with the title, besides who is going to run the p&r with billups?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Several players have switched uniform numbers from last year. They include defensive tackle William Joseph going from No. 96 to No. 94, quarterback Bruce Gradkowski freed up No. 7 for fellow quarterback Jeff Garcia and switched to No. 5, running back Louis Rankin let veteran fullback Lorenzo Neal have his No. 41 and assumed No. 40.

    Rookie receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey asked for No. 12 so that he could honor the father of a close friend who died recently. That person, Richard Woodlee, “He’s been a father figure to me ever since I was seven,” Heyward-Bey said at the team’s mini camp last weekend. “His high school and college number was 12, so that’s how I came up with that number.”
    Heyward-Bey said he intends to keep the number, but only if Davis signs off on the decision.
    “I would like to,” Heyward-Bey said, “but Mr. Davis has to say if he’s OK with that.”

    Don’t buy your No. 12 Heyward-Bey jerseys just yet.
    The league already has made it clear that Heyward-Bey is free to wear the number most often associated with quarterbacks.

    The league amended the rule in 2004 to allow receivers to wear uniform numbers aside from those from 80-89. The changed rule added the numbers from 10-19 as options for receivers.

    -Raider Beat

  • raidersince87

    Several players have switched uniform numbers from last year.
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    they need to switch there attitude and practice habits and start winning some games for us

  • jhill

    Yes Sir 87 …

    We saw it like it was. I bleed Purple & Gold all day long (well out of my left arm b/c it’s S&B in the rest of my body!) but I will certainly call it like I see it. Don’t talk to me about the refs, or Houston’s “effort”, or home court, or warm up games.

    Like Van Gundy said on the telecast, at this point of the season, you are what you are. We have had NO front court toughness since Bynum got hurt, and we are not going to magically get it back with now. Bynum is probably 70% at best. PJ refuses to play Powell and MBenga, so Gasoft it is, and let’s hope we can score 110 pts. That’s the plan.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Former NFL player Solomon Wilcots was asked Thursday which team will be the surprise team in 2009.

    “I think a team like the Raiders could surprise people. If you’re talking a shocker like Atlanta was last year, it could be the Raiders. They’ve got an easy schedule and are in a weak division. If they get they’re act together, I guarantee they can start beating people.

    “They’ve got talent. And if Jeff Garcia gets to play, they will start winning some games. And they might win with JaMarcus Russell, but I know they aren’t going to lose with Russell, because if they lose with him, they’ll switch to Garcia.” Wilcots said on NFL Network.

    -Raider Beat

  • jhill

    Who’s running the pick and roll with Brooks?

    The point is once Gasoft steps up above the FT line to take Chaubcey (why they are defending it that way fromt he start is BAFFLING!), who is there to guard the basket?

    Carmelo, Nene, and KMart will be open all day!

    Then comes JR Swish in the corner for 3.

  • raidersince87

    jhill Says:
    May 15th, 2009 at 8:48 am
    Yes Sir 87 …

    We saw it like it was. I bleed Purple & Gold all day long (well out of my left arm b/c it’s S&B in the rest of my body!) but I will certainly call it like I see it. Don’t talk to me about the refs, or Houston’s “effort”, or home court, or warm up games.

    Like Van Gundy said on the telecast, at this point of the season, you are what you are. We have had NO front court toughness since Bynum got hurt, and we are not going to magically get it back with now. Bynum is probably 70% at best. PJ refuses to play Powell and MBenga, so Gasoft it is, and let’s hope we can score 110 pts. That’s the plan.

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    theres going to be bumps in the road for sure, lakers are more physical than last year(not by much) were not going to win every game cuz the west is rough, but we got this, we match up better against the nuggets, who dont play as nearly as tough on d as the rockets

  • RaiderRockstar

    they need to switch there attitude and practice habits and start winning some games for us

    ***

    raidersince87: I’m not counting on Bruce Gradkowski, Louis Rankin or William Joseph to be major contributers this season, but I could be wrong …

  • raidersince87

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    May 15th, 2009 at 8:52 am
    they need to switch there attitude and practice habits and start winning some games for us

    ***

    raidersince87: I’m not counting on Bruce Gradkowski, Louis Rankin or William Joseph to be major contributers this season, but I could be wrong …

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    lol me either

  • raidersince87

    gotta get back to work, i out nation

  • RaiderRockstar

    see ya 87

  • jhill

    OTAs start today? The 15th, right?

  • The Big Banana

    ESPN’s website has an article discussing DHB as being on the hot seat because he was drafted ahead of Crabtree. I’ll give them that. But if he’s on the hot seat, so is Crabtree IMO. He has to prove that he deserved to be the #1 WR and that he deserved all the hype. I personally hope Crabtree falls flat on his face and gets exposed as a prima donna.

  • RaiderRockstar

    ESPN’s website has an article discussing DHB as being on the hot seat

    ***

    That made me madder than a legless Ethiopian watchin’ a doughnut roll down a hill.

  • IndianaRaider

    lol rockstar

  • http://atm Raider O

    Good morning Nation.

    The lakers will win in game 7, they just have DQS.
    Drama Queen Syndrome!!

  • http://atm Raider O

    RR,

    LMFAO

    Sick!!! Dude, that’s sick!!! And Funny as hell!!

    LMAO

  • RaiderRockstar

    Who will be our most productive WR this season?

    DHB, Walker, Higgins, Schilens, Murphy or Holland?

  • RaiderRockstar

    :)

  • RaiderRockstar

    good afternoon Raider O, Indiana, Banana …

  • http://atm Raider O

    I’ll say Chaz will have the best season, and JLH will finish 1st or 2nd on the team with all purpose yards. IMO

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    RR, Miller wll catch the most balls anyway.

  • IndianaRaider

    In all honesty, I don’t see our offense improving that much when compared to last year. I can see maybe a few more TD from Russell and maybe 2-300 more yards, and then maybe Bush & McFadden with 6-700 yards and of course Fargas will have 4-500 yards. If we can finish 7-9 or better, then this season was a success compared to the last 6 years. Anything less is more of the same we have grown used to.

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    Garcia will catch the most to the face.

  • http://atm Raider O

    TW,

    Miller wasn’t on RR’s list, pick a WR. lol

  • RaiderRockstar

    Miller wll catch the most balls anyway.

    ***

    Agreed. McFadden might even be 2nd in receptions.

    Chaz Schilens was BY FAR the best WR in camp according to most reports, but it was only the first mini camp so there is still time for DHB and Murphy to catch up.

    Since DHB comes from a pro style offense his transition to the NFL should be easier than Murphy’s, even though Murphy faced tougher competition at Florida. Plus I think Murphy had a knee injury not too long ago. I don’t think Walker will ever return to pro bowl form in Oakland. He might not even make the squad if Holland keeps impressing. I think Higgins will be used mainly on special teams again, barring injuries at the WR position. He does have that ability to take a short pass and make it a long gain though on any given play. plus I like his back flips in the end zone!

  • http://atm Raider O

    I say Bush and DMC will both have 1000 yards this season, and DMC will have around 500 yards in catches. Miller will lead the team in catches 70+, and Chaz may get his 1000 yards season. No less than 6-10, and I really think 9-7 can be done!!IMHO

  • RaiderRockstar

    sorry for the long train of thought in post #285 with no clear cut answer (err… opinion)

    I think Darrius Heyward-Bey will be our most productive WR this season.

    I think he’ll surprise many haters and make a big impact this season. He may drop a few easy balls early, but from the bye week on I think he’ll be straight up EXPLOSIVE!

  • http://atm Raider O

    Last year, we could have finished at 7-9.
    Bills game.
    1st charger game.
    2nd KC game.

    We should have won all 3 games!!!

  • http://atm Raider O

    RR,

    I don’t agree. I just can’t see the Rookie doing better than Chaz or JLH!!!

  • http://atm Raider O

    I like Chaz a lot.
    If you look at last year, Chaz wasn’t ready to play. He was in due to him being the best run blocker among WRs. At the end of the season, he was running good routes, and made some nice catches.

    I expect more from him now after he had a full season to learn our Offense.

  • The Big Banana

    I’m gonna have to go with Chaz. Good point about DHB coming from a pro style offense but I still don’t see the rook taking things over in his first year.

    Whoever it is, I don’t think his numbers will be very impressive anyway. As mentioned by some of you guys, I see a lot of passes going to Miller and DMC this season.

    If DMC can stay healthy, I’m thinking pro bowl for the kid and Raider offensive MVP.

  • fggcisco

    IndianaRaider Says:
    May 15th, 2009 at 9:47 am
    In all honesty, I don’t see our offense improving that much when compared to last year. I can see maybe a few more TD from Russell and maybe 2-300 more yards, and then maybe Bush & McFadden with 6-700 yards and of course Fargas will have 4-500 yards. If we can finish 7-9 or better, then this season was a success compared to the last 6 years. Anything less is more of the same we have grown used to.
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    “just say 4-12 baby” Oh well its the raiders whats new.

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