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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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  • Midwest Fan

    Good morning. Such a different feel to the AM group vs the evening BS.

  • hwnrdr

    Oh yeah, that is why I stopped going on in the evening. They go off into their own world in th PM.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    NOT SURE WHAT 2 THINK ON THE TIM BROWN THING,I CAN SEE HIM BEING PISS’D HE DID NOT GET A HIGH PROFILE FRONT OFFICE POSITION,CAN ALSO SEE THE MEDIA TWISTING EVERYTHING AS 4EVA POINTED OUT.MAYBE A LITTLE OF BOTH,I DONT KNOW..

  • RaiderRockstar

    whoa. good morning Hwnrdr and HAPPY FRIDAY!

    how the heck are ya?

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    GOOD MORNING MIDWEST FAN, WELCOME..

  • hwnrdr

    Doing good Rockstar. My IT dept somehow blocked the blog portion of CC Times/Raiders for awhile so I couldn’t even sign on if I wanted to. I figured I try this morning and it worked. Taking advantage of the window of opportunity here…
    How are you doing? And yes, it is a Happy Friday…payday too!!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    woohoo. payday is always a good day. your work’s loss our our gain! Hwnrdr is back in black :)

    what do you make of the most recent signings of RB Gary Russell, QB Danny Southwick, WR Samie Parker & TE/FB J.P. Foschi?

  • RaiderRockstar

    good morning Dirt Lot, 4eva, NMF & Midwest …

    sorry. didn’t mean to be rude

    Hwnrdr once was lost, but now is found!

  • hwnrdr

    I think that they are as of now practice squad/OTA’s Training Camp signings. If one of them breaks the roster in Sept. I’ll be darned. Foschi hasn’t played in what? 4 years? Could be interesting!!! As for the rest, I truthfully have no idea. i’ve been out too long…

  • RaiderRockstar

    who would have thought that the Magic & Rockets would take the Celtics & Lakers to 7 games? Not me …

    what a HUGE upset that would be if one or both of these teams actually won Game 7!

    I’d be all for it actually :)

  • RaiderRockstar

    I think that they are as of now practice squad/OTA’s Training Camp signings. If one of them breaks the roster in Sept. I’ll be darned.

    ***

    I was thinking the same thing. camp fodder

    I read somewhere that Foschi was out of football in 2007. played as a reserve for the Chiefs last season

    can we say “pro bowl potential” ? lol

  • Mad Road Dog

    Every new morning brings a fresh hope that Al is one step closer to turning the Raiders over to someone that does not let their ego get in the way of winning. Someone who is smart enough to cut his losses on coaches and players that will not give 100% toward the goal of winning.

  • 4evaRaider

    If the Lakers lose,we’re all gonna have 2 pitch in and send a truck-load of tissue 2 Dakota =)

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    HEY ROCKSTAR.I SENT OFF A SHORT RESPONSE TO THE GLENN DICKEY THING YESTERDAY,OR DAY B4,HE MENTIONED BEING AROUND 40 YRS. AND AQUIRING A LOT OF SMART’S, A SAID “SEEM’S LIKE AFTER 40 YRS U WOULD AQUIRE SOME KNOELEDGE” HE E-MALED ME BACK THANKING ME 4 CONFIRMING HIS KNOWLEDGE THAT MOST SPORT’S FANS WERE IDIOT’S, I THOUGHT IT WAS FUNNY ANYWAY..

  • RaiderRockstar

    Dirt Lot: did you see DHB on SportsCenter this morning?

    He was one of five rookies they had on there. the other four were Jason Smith, Knowshon Moreno, Jeremy Maclin and Josh Freeman …

  • RaiderRockstar

    that’s funny Dirt Lot!

    Glenn Dickey basically called you an idiot?

    Jerry Mac was nicer than that to Norco Bob in the live chat … haha

  • hwnrdr

    Pro Bowl potential…
    You know nothing will surprise me, but I still will be darned!!!
    Jerry was nice to Norco Bob? haha
    What did DHB have to say?

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    4evaRaider Says:
    If the Lakers lose,we’re all gonna have 2 pitch in and send a truck-load of tissue 2 Dakota =)

    ————————–
    Send Dak a truck-load of tissue anyway because the Nuggets are going to hammer them flat.

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    NO, DID NOT CATCH SPORT’S CENTER THIS A.M. WHAT DID THEY HAVE 2 SAY ? BEEN READING DICKEY 4 YEARS, HE KNOW’S CAL SPORT’S AND THE RAIDER’S I THINK MORE THAN ANY OTHER SPORT’S WRITER, LOCAL OR NATIONAL..

  • RaiderRockstar

    Pressed later in the chat by a reader who asked how the Bucs can be successful on offense with players like Luke McCown and Michael Clayton, Sapp snapped back. “Antonio Bryant, Kellen Winslow Jr., Cadillac Williams, Derrick Ward in the backfield,” Sapp said. “Who just won the Super Bowl? Name one offensive lineman on the Pittsburgh Steelers. It isn’t the names, it’s the cameraderie. Stop being a fan, might want to learn something. I actually went to the facility. I don’t read the newspapers.”

    ***

    Warren Sapp is still a Bucs homer. LOL.

    He’s always trashing the Raiders, but I’d take Russell, Bush, McFadden, DHB, Schilens and Miller over guys like McCown, Williams, Ward, Clayton, Bryant and Winslow Jr any day of the week!

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    Did Sapp open another can of dumbass on himself?

  • RaiderRockstar

    they said on there that DHB was worth the pick. Then asked him why he thought he was the first WR taken. He said he was first off the board because he fits the Raiders offense and what they are trying to accomplish over there. pretty humble guy.

    Know Moreno bragged on himself big time about being the first RB taken …

  • CJ Legend 34

    RaiderRockstar

    Yeah after the Buccs wanted nothing to do with Mr. Big Mouth Sapp. What does he do, he defends the team that dumped him and trashes the team that gave him a second chance. He should have joined Tampa for one day to retire a Bucc.

    Big mouth, Big mouth, Big mouth. This guy did nothing for the Raiders!!!!

  • hwnrdr

    Warren Sapp is still a Bucs homer. LOL.

    I remember when Sapp first became a Raider, he said that he is still a Buc but in Silver and Black. From then on I knew that he really wasn’t loyal…

    All the stuff that I hear or see from DHB he has been humble, even when everyone was laughing at him going to the Raiders. Hope he pulls through…

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    GREAT LINE RAIDER TW, MR. SAPP DUMPING THAT CAN OF DUMBASS ALL OVER HIMSELF.. LMAO

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    OK, I take my losses like a man. We got punked in the 1st Q like a prison bitch. Mark my words, we will blow them out by 25 in game 7.

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    Raiders should have gotten Lynch instead.

  • CJ Legend 34

    Sapp is a perfect example of what to much weed and red meat will do to the brain.

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Gasol played like a wussy and should have been benched.
    Where was the Laker ball movement? Non-existent.

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    CJ you forgot the fat & ego going to his head also.

  • http://www.LightEmUp.com LightEmUp

    First of all Sapp is a buffoon. Houston is a tough team and would be giving Denver, Orlando, Cleveland and Boston fits. What the He!! happened to Vujacich and Fisher’s Shot’s? Those guys have been horrible!

  • DIRT-LOT FOOTBALL

    SEE IF THEY CAN GET SAPP AND TIM BROWN IN THE SAME ROOM,SHOULD GET SOME DRIBBLE OUT OF THAT CONVERSATION…

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Houston’s pt guard is too fast for Fisher to cover.

  • Midwest Fan

    Aaron Brooks is fast. I watched him at Oregon. Feel myself rooting for Houston b/c they beat my Blazers. Just don’t want Denver to win so who ever has a better chance to beat them is all I want out of the Western finals.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    I watched Grey’s Anatomy instead of the Lakers last night…less drama than the Lakers.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Dakota: the Lakers looked like the Desperate Housewives last night

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Lakers are looking like chumps. If they lose game 7 I am sure Kobe will opt out and the curtain will finally fall in the Lakers…for a year or two…when is Lebron a free agent?

  • http://RAIDERS Oakglenn

    Hey Kobe, how does my ass taste?

  • r8rpaver

    Kobe and Labron togeather would be like watching Tom&Jerry….Labron would be Jerry

  • NoMoreFargas

    Kobe will drop 40+ in gm 7 count on it !!

  • vegas raider

    I thought Andrew Bynum was coming back for the playoffs??

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Like he dropped 40 on the Suns back in 2006? Oh wait, he just stopped shooting in that game.

    I trust Kobe about as much as I trust Al Davis.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I trust Kobe about as much as I trust Al Davis.

    ***

    Kobe Bryant is more racist than Al Davis …

  • jhill

    Once again Dakota ….

    As long as we are counting on Gasoft do defend our basket ….

    We’ll probably win game 7, but WTF is Gasoft going to do with Chauncy off the P&R if he can’t handle Brooks?

    He’s getting punked by Hayes and Landry ?!?!? LOL, wait until he gets a load of KMart!

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Well, we can always hope the NBA puts the right officiating crew on the game, lol.

  • raidersince87

    lakers need a game 7 to see if they got what it takes to win the title(which is still in question at this point)

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Gasoft isn’t the only one supposed to be guarding the basket, Bynum is too and again, he had zero blocks.

    Ummm, as to K-mart, how well did K-mart handle Gasol in last year’s playoffs? I think even that soft Euro made K-mart his biotch. Billups will win that series for Denver. Billups has always made Fisher his biotch.

  • jhill

    It’s about time for PJ to retire …

    The magic is gone. He benches Sasha, but not Gasoft? The players were ALL OVER Gasoft in the first QTR. I thought Kobe was going to snap his neck. Even PJ said he wasn’t playing hard in the interview, but he kept him out there.

    Fisher trying to shoot his way out of his slump in the first qtr was LAUGHABLE!

    Just don’t understand all the jumpshots instead of going down low! Oh, that’s right, Gasoft didn’t want the rock and kept throwing it back out.

    LMFAO at this team!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Kobe Bryant = the Philip Rivers of basketball

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    depressing