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Brown clarifies radio remarks

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, May 14th, 2009 at 10:04 am in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • IndianaRaider

    thank goodness for OTA’s next week, something to talk about soon

  • RaiderLen

    Raider Dell Says:
    May 14th, 2009 at 9:07 pm
    RaiderLen

    What Raider player in the last 20 to 25 years could us fans count on to make a “play” during a critical time of the game. I can’t think of one player, can you?

    ======================================================
    Dell,

    I’m drawing a blank.

    The best I can come up with was C Wood sacking Brady in the Tuck Game.

  • http://atm Raider O

    My favorite Raider is Atkinson.
    Tatum was great, but George had it all. Speed, hands, and a big mouth. He still calls Swann soft!! I love it.

    I like Tatum a lot. I like them both, I really can’t pick one.

    Tatum was a harder hitter than George, but George looked crazy on the field. So did Tatum!!

    I can’t pick!!

  • RaiderLen

    Raider O Says:
    May 14th, 2009 at 9:11 pm
    My favorite Raider is Atkinson.
    Tatum was great, but George had it all. Speed, hands, and a big mouth. He still calls Swann soft!! I love it.

    I like Tatum a lot. I like them both, I really can’t pick one.

    Tatum was a harder hitter than George, but George looked crazy on the field. So did Tatum!!

    I can’t pick!!

    ======================================================
    I’ll go with Tatum.

    He left burning impressions of violent hits on my brain.

    I loved it.

  • Raider Dell

    Indiana Raider

    The media will report DHB drops, Jamarcus weight, and the following will occur:

    Burgess is a no show-what does his absence mean.

    Gallery is still not playing, how hurt is he.

    Peter King will write how the Raider are dysfunctional team for the hundreds of times others have.

    Al davis is, Al Davis.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Len,

    I’m good bro, how are you?

    It controls all, it’s the master and post deleter/ keeper of this entire world AKA Jerry’s blog!!!
    LMAO

  • IndianaRaider

    but our comments will still get deleted as soon as we post eh Dell? lol

  • RaiderLen

    Raider O,

    All is well.

    The Mod has to be the Mod. ehh…

    Who cares?

  • IndianaRaider

    looks like the rockets are going to force a game seven

  • Raider Dell

    IndianaRaider

    Late back there. What part of Indiana do you live.

  • IndianaRaider

    Evansville, I can almost spit on KY from my backyard

  • http://atm Raider O

    Len,

    Tatum was great, and I did love those hits man. Nasty, just …. Nasty!!!
    In that SB win against the Giants, Tatum killed that Rookie WR!! If you watch Atkinson that game, George made a play on a WR. He hit him, and then took the ball from him and ran it back for 6. Looked crazy. The Swann thing!!

    I can’t pick!! I like them both.

  • Raider Dell

    RaiderLen

    We both chose defensive players who made plays, let’s go to the offensive side and here’s my favorite player.

    I was a Freddie B guy, not with standing the stickum, but I can saw with out a doubt no player used more of his skills than Freddie B.

    The routes, the timing with the Qb, the heart and determination was always on display when he played.

    He was a real Raider, to me, what that means is a team player who just would not quit and worked to be better every year.

  • Raider Dell

    IndianaRaider

    Thanks, that is GOD’S country.

  • IndianaRaider

    where the men are men, and the sheep are scared

  • http://atm Raider O

    Dell, Len

    On Offense I would go with the Snake, my father liked Lamonica and Freddie.

  • Raider Dell

    RaiderLen,Raider O, IndianaRaider

    Where on this blog and I would like your opinion. Who of the free agents (Frantz, Nixon etc..) will a least make the practice squad. Truthfully, I have no idea who these guys are, just want a guess to what you know.
    Please keep in mind the Davis crede of Height, weight and speed. Who stays?

  • Trolls 35 Raiders 0

    G-O N-U-G-G-E-T-S :-)

  • Raider Dell

    Happy troll

    Keep on smiling.

  • RaiderLen

    Raider Dell Says:
    May 14th, 2009 at 9:25 pm
    RaiderLen

    We both chose defensive players who made plays, let’s go to the offensive side and here’s my favorite player.

    I was a Freddie B guy, not with standing the stickum, but I can saw with out a doubt no player used more of his skills than Freddie B.

    The routes, the timing with the Qb, the heart and determination was always on display when he played.

    He was a real Raider, to me, what that means is a team player who just would not quit and worked to be better every year.

    =======================================================

    Dell,

    Freddy B would be my choice as well.

    Stabler, Casper right behind.

    Fred caught everything under all circumstances.

    What made Him a HOF’er in my estimation, is that the Country was able to witness in Big games the things we saw every week.

  • Trolls 35 Raiders 0

    I’ll bet buttholeprik :mrgreen: can say whatever he wants and the mod will kiss his butt :oops: But when a poor little troll 8) says something that is not in the least way controversial :?: then zap :idea: the poor little troll’s 8) post is gone :rollL WHAT’S UP WITH THAT :?: :twisted: :lol: :oops: :mrgreen: :evil: :roll: :-( :idea:

  • RaiderLen

    Raider Dell Says:
    May 14th, 2009 at 9:34 pm
    RaiderLen,Raider O, IndianaRaider

    Where on this blog and I would like your opinion. Who of the free agents (Frantz, Nixon etc..) will a least make the practice squad. Truthfully, I have no idea who these guys are, just want a guess to what you know.
    Please keep in mind the Davis crede of Height, weight and speed. Who stays?

    =======================================================
    Dell,

    I’d say the DT from Notre Dame, Frantz, Mabey Boyd, and after that…

    I don’t know.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Dell,

    I don’t know much about Nixon.

    Frantz Joseph is a MLB, he is a hard hitter, had 150+ tackles his last 2 years at college, but he doesn’t have the speed that Al wants.
    I still think he will make the team as a backup MLB. He reminds me of G Biekert. Not fast, but smart and has a nose for the ball. Al likes that. IMHO

  • RaiderLen

    Correction, the DT from Harvard,

    Notre Dame on the Brain. :)

  • http://atm Raider O

    What DT from ND, do you mean Harvard?

  • RaiderLen

    Off to Bed.

    Talk to you later Dell and O.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Len,

    lol,

    His name is Bryant.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Good night Len.

  • Raider Dell

    RaiderLen

    Good choices on the players. Reminds me why this blog is so difficult to see all the comments about what we viewed 20 to 25 years ago of our favorite Raider players.

    Most of the comments concerning Davis, are from young adults who were born after 1980. They have read, heard about the Raiders. They are hungry for a Championship and I can’t blame them, especially when they get frustrated with Al Davis.

    The age difference is a one where those of us have seen the Championships, and yet I want so bad for the young adults to have their time to.

    Let’s hope it happens sooner rather than later.

  • Raider Dell

    Goodnight Len.

  • Raider Dell

    Raider O

    Seems like I missed the great action earlier today. That would of been interesting to see the comments from the blog defending Davis versus MR.

    The life and times of work always get in the way.

  • Raider Dell

    I’m off to gouge some ice cream, Raider on?

    G to G.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Dell,

    I like Bryant too ( DT from Harvard), he can play Base End and UT. He is like TK, but younger.

    He has long arms, very good speed for his size, and he is strong.
    He is 6’6 290, did 35 reps on the Bench, and ran a 4.90 and a 4.85.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Enjoy the ice cream Dell.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Dell,

    I’m young too, born in 79.
    I like Al because I know the history of the Raiders.

  • http://www.LightEmUp.com LightEmUp

    DAAAAAMN Lakers! Crap….oh well.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Dell made me hungry, or that could be due to the Cush. lol

    Later Nation.

  • On the beach in Cancun

    We Raider fans all know that Al Davis was the first owner to have a black head coach, Art Shell, who he promoted from within the organization. Thus, opening the door to further black head coaches.

    It only bears repeating because of the garbage the media is making out of the Tim Brown story and comments made to Brown when he first came on board about Al Davis and his take on blacks from Notre Dame.

  • On the beach in Cancun

    On a previous topic about our defense and the new defensive coordinator, Marshall, I didn’t see one comment agreeing with Kiffin’s desire to can the fat ass Ryan.

    All you Kiffin haters, have to give Kiffin his kudos on wanting to get rid of a fat loser like Ryan, who destroyed our defense, year after year, with his no blitzing games and his prevent defense which only prevents you from winning. What a loser Ryan was, and Al Davis has to take the blame there big, big time as he kept Ryan and got rid of Kiffin. Nice going Al. Another great move, much like the move to trade Gruden and then have Gruden take the Super Bowl away from us and hand it to Tampa on a silver platter. Wow, you can’t dream up stories like these, someone would call then fiction.

  • On the beach in Cancun

    Good nite Raider fans, it appears you all went to sleep, especially after being reminded that Davis trader Gruden and loss the Super Bowl the following year. Beyond tragic.

    Thank God for the end on contracts and that Rob freaking Ryan and his fat ass are gone. What a loser he was, and what idiots the Raiders were for keeping this moran around for six-years. Can’t get worst than that…that’s for sure.

    Nite, you all.

  • Norco Bob

    Jeff Garcia 2009…Tim Tebow 2010. I have spoken. Jamarcus who? Youre welcome.

  • Norco Bob

    Jeff Garcia wins superbowl…retires,..Gov Terminator gives Jeff the city of Gilroy as a gift,…becomes Garlic God,…thats how I see it anyway,…Jamarcus who?…youre welcome.

  • CantstandtheHaters

    fukk this place. this has gotten worse then RF net, china and russia put together. fukk u u sob mods!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 4evaRaider

    Morning NATION!!!

  • hwnrdr

    Good Morning Nation!!!
    Geez…its been awhile. How’s the AM Crew doing this Friday morning?
    Morning shout outs to 4eva, Rockstar, Dirt Lot, LMN, NMF, and all those I may have missed!!! IT slipped and let me back on. Don’t know how long though…
    So, Timmy is back in the media again. I’ve been out of it too long. Thoughts?

  • 4evaRaider

    Morning Hwnrdr!!!

    Glad you’re back!!!.No news so the dumb azz media got nothing better 2 do,so they might as well create some bullsh!t story 2 justify their lousy existence =)

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    GOOD MORNING SPORT’S FAN’S, HWNDRRRRR,WE WERE JUST TALKING BAD ABOUT U A DAY OR 2 AGO.I THINK IT WAS ROCKSTAR THAT WAS WONDERING WHAT WAS UP AND U HAD BEEN.GOOD 2 HEAR FROM U. ‘MORNING 4EVA, N M F, EVERYONE..

  • 4evaRaider

    Its all about the he said she said bullsh!t

  • NoMoreFargas

    What’s up fellas!!

  • hwnrdr

    Its good to be back guys. Thanks! I missed the morning conversation on here.
    Yeah, I hear ya on the “he said she said BS” 4eva. i guess even Jerry needs to have job security, huh?
    Dirt Lot…I hope it wasn’t too bad…LOL