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Ex-Raider Barret Robbins released from jail, lashes out at reporter

By Jon Becker
Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 at 8:02 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Former Raiders center Barret Robbins, was released from a Florida prison Tuesday, where he had spent the past year and a half for an attack on three Miami Beach police officers in 2005, CBS4 in Miami reported.

The station said Robbins appeared unapologetic for his attack on three Miami Beach police officers in 2005. Interviewer Gary Nelson asked Robbins if he could overcome alcohol and drug problems that have plagued him.

“I’m not worried about that and that’s not anybody’s business but mine,” Robbins replied. “That’s something I’ll deal with myself.”

Robbins then broke off the interviewed and uttered an obscenity when asked if he owed the police officers an apology.

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  • Thec

    Even though guys like Criner do not have burner speed, they more than make up for it with NATURAL catching abilty, and size. Moreover, they also benifit from the basketball experience. Criner and the new kid have close to a 40 inch vert. Add that to NATURAL catching ability, speed becomes an after thought.

  • eastoaklandraider

    Why do we keep picking up GB leftover bums they cannot help us last I checked GBs dbs haven’t been setn the league on fire so I know their practice sqaud guys are bums.

  • nyraider

    Cork said we are 6 mil under cap..now might be a good time to use some of that money since we only have 1 healthy wr . plax, shipley,gaffney..dont understand why we are not moving forward. maybe mark isnt allowing reggie to spend. ive already given up improving our secondary.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Eastoaklandraider Says:
    September 25th, 2012 at 10:39 pm
    Why do we keep picking up GB leftover bums they cannot help us last I checked GBs dbs haven’t been setn the league on fire so I know their practice sqaud guys are bums.

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

    Again, if they’re better than who we have now, what else matters?

  • Dhidee99

    I like this tori gurley guy he can catch he’s just not fast. And I’m not a big speed fan, I’m a fan of Touchdowns and First downs cause that makes a good wideout.

  • DJ Johnny

    Try Some Reality Says:
    September 25th, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    “Smear the queer”?

    Lol.

    We played a game called “boooooosh” which was all of us acting like NFL Films highlights and doing everything in slow motion. When we hit each other we went “boooooooooosh” and hit hard at the end.

    Also had a game called ‘Stingley’ where we’d throw it up intentionally to a guy who ahve to make the catch while the defender tried to decapitate him…ala Tatum on Stingley.

  • Try Some Reality

    We played a game called “boooooosh” which was all of us acting like NFL Films highlights and doing everything in slow motion. When we hit each other we went “boooooooooosh” and hit hard at the end.

    Also had a game called ‘Stingley’ where we’d throw it up intentionally to a guy who ahve to make the catch while the defender tried to decapitate him…ala Tatum on Stingley.

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

    lol.

    On that note, nite fellas.

  • beechams gay lover

    smear the queer? thats what some of you did to beechy dawg today

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Is waiving San Jose State Carl Iheanacho an admittance of a prior mistake by our GM?

    I mean what the hell are we doing?

    We believed in the guy a few months ago….

    So what happened?

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Some fans really dont get it. Reggie Mckenzie was director of pro personel for 16 years with green bay. Im sure he scouted and talked to these players the last two years recently.. they are all young guys and with huge upside.

    That soto kid is a talent. I linked a big article in the blog before. Packer fans were sorry to see Brandian ross go to. Most said GURLEY deserves to be starting for a team.

    I read on the packer forums when Mckenzie was hired to the Raiders that he would turn our organization into a winner and do it the right way. THey said he will doing great things for this org in time.

    THey also said that Raider fans are gonna “love it” once Reggie starts going with young unknown names over pas their prime big name players. HE would go young and unknown more then a big “Name” type player and true to their words we are seeing it.

    Thats how the packers were built according to them. I really dont get why fans get mad at bringing in young talent. U wanted a GM u got one. REGGIE’s GUYS helped win the game on sunday

    LEE forced fumble. Wheeler 11 tackles 2x Forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Hansen Fumble recovery so just STFU we won on sunday. He is bringing in football players and tyring to build A TEAM.

    Not just a bunch of me guys who dont love football and are collecting checks. He is bringing in football players who are about the team. ITs not hard to understand.

    The raiders have lacked depth for years. Wait till reggie has more money and MORE DRAFT PICKS.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    Backstageatapuppetshow Says:
    September 25th, 2012 at 10:50 pm
    Is waiving San Jose State Carl Iheanacho an admittance of a prior mistake by our GM?

    I mean what the hell are we doing?

    We believed in the guy a few months ago….

    So what happened?

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

    Ihenacho was originally signed by the prior braintrust.

    At any rate, notice the open spot on the PS. Ihenacho may not be unemployed long.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    article on new linebacker Vic So’oto.

    if you thought the Green Bay Packers were not going to be able to replace his pass rush ability, say hello to Vic So’oto.

    The undrafted free agent will be part of a group that includes defensive end Mike Neal and nose tackle B.J. Raji and will be obliged to fill the void Jenkins left when he took his services to Philadelphia.

    Based on the Packers’ final two preseason games, So’oto is going to be a player who can help their pass rush right away.

    In the final two games, he notched 2½ sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception returned for a touchdown, sealing his place on the 53-man roster and marking him as a candidate to play against New Orleans in the season opener. The fact much of So’oto’s work came against the opponents’ starters says a lot about his legitimacy.

    “He’s a beast, a young beast,” veteran nose tackle Howard Green said. “That’s what I call him, ‘Young Beast.’ He’s just a stud. He’s strong and he’s talented and he’s coachable.”

    And he’s also a member of the 2011 Packers, although that won’t be official until Saturday when final cuts are made.

    So’oto would have to go out and rob a bank to blow his shot at making the 53-man roster and even that probably wouldn’t lead the Packers to release him. There’s more than a dozen and a half teams who are kicking themselves that they didn’t project So’oto to make the adjustment from 4-3 defensive end at Brigham Young to 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.

    All it cost the Packers was a signing bonus of $8,500 to attract So’oto to Green Bay.

    After they watch film of the Packers’ 20-19 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night at Lambeau Field, the others will see that So’oto dominated the game, personally snuffing out the Chiefs’ first two drives and then later adding the game-winning points with a 33-yard interception return for a touchdown.

    His initial thoughts after the game was that he could have done more and that outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene was going to chew him out for the mistakes he made, including a technical error on the scoring play.

    But there’s no way Greene or anyone else could have ignored the production the rookie had against a Chiefs team trying to get its No. 1 offense quality work.

    “I could have had a couple more sacks if I had gone inside instead of outside,” So’oto said when asked what he could have done better. “KG is going to be very disappointed.”

    Maybe in the short term he will, but in the long term Greene and the rest of the defensive coaches had to be elated that they had found a pass-rushing source they never envisioned when they allowed Jenkins to leave. So’oto might be able to be used right away in passing situations to complement Matthews, Raji and a healthy Neal, thereby softening the loss of the team’s second-best pass rusher.

    “We just have to play good football and just carry out the game plan,” Raji said. “You don’t expect to replace Cullen Jenkins with one player, but as long as guys are playing hard and not hurting us (we’ll be all right).”

    On Thursday, So’oto hit the trifecta with his big plays, sacking the quarterback on third down, stripping a running back of the ball and returning the interception for a touchdown. If he had been wearing jersey No. 52, no one would have known it wasn’t Matthews inside the helmet.

    On the very first series of the game, he drove right tackle Barry Richardson backward and sacked quarterback Matt Cassel for a 4-yard loss. On the very next series, he showed up again, this time stripping the ball from 1,400-yard rusher Jamaal Charles at the Packers 19, snuffing out another drive.

    “I tackled him from behind and when I reached around I could feel the ball,” So’oto said. “I just pulled it out.”

    Before finishing off the game with his interception, he shared a sack with linebacker D.J. Smith that destroyed yet another drive by the Chiefs’ No. 1 offense, which played into the third quarter.

    Then, with the Packers trailing, 16-13, with 4½ minutes to go in the third, So’oto jumped quarterback Tyler Palko’s pass in the flat to receiver Dexter McCluster and raced 33 yards to the end zone.

    So’oto somewhat sheepishly described the play.

    “I actually messed up,” he said of allowing the tight end to get outside of him. “Coach is going to yell at me. In practice I messed that up, too. But I knew he was going to throw the ball to McCluster. I was hoping he would.”

    The emergence of So’oto means the Packers have four quality outside linebackers they can use interchangeably: Matthews, Erik Walden, Frank Zombo and So’oto. Walden is still the starter because he’s more versatile and less prone to mistakes, but you can bet defensive coordinator Dom Capers will find a way to use So’oto opening day against New Orleans.

    “So’oto’s a big-time player,” Raji said. “He’s exactly what you’re looking for.”

    http://www.jsonline.com/sports/packers/128985588.html

  • Carl Weathers

    Thec Says:
    September 25th, 2012 at 10:20 pm
    RIP Opie…

    +++++++++=

    That sucs…Opie was a straight soldier for Sam Crow.

    @@@@@@@@

    He went out like a fukkin warrior! What an episode!!

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    for those of u that want cliff notes

    “So’oto’s a big-time player,” Raji said. “He’s exactly what you’re looking for.”

    ——————–

    The NFL is once big cirlce jerk of recycled players. All teams get other teams players. U think pats fans were saying why we always getting Raiders scraps?? well they picked one up in STERLING MOORE last year and he was playing starting CB in the super bowl sometimes a player develops.

  • RaidO

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    September 25th, 2012 at 10:52 pm
    Some fans really dont get it. Reggie Mckenzie was director of pro personel for 16 years with green bay. Im sure he scouted and talked to these players the last two years recently.. they are all young guys and with huge upside.

    That soto kid is a talent. I linked a big article in the blog before. Packer fans were sorry to see Brandian ross go to. Most said GURLEY deserves to be starting for a team.

    I read on the packer forums when Mckenzie was hired to the Raiders that he would turn our organization into a winner and do it the right way. THey said he will doing great things for this org in time.

    THey also said that Raider fans are gonna “love it” once Reggie starts going with young unknown names over pas their prime big name players. HE would go young and unknown more then a big “Name” type player and true to their words we are seeing it.

    Thats how the packers were built according to them. I really dont get why fans get mad at bringing in young talent. U wanted a GM u got one. REGGIE’s GUYS helped win the game on sunday

    LEE forced fumble. Wheeler 11 tackles 2x Forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Hansen Fumble recovery so just STFU we won on sunday. He is bringing in football players and tyring to build A TEAM.

    Not just a bunch of me guys who dont love football and are collecting checks. He is bringing in football players who are about the team. ITs not hard to understand.

    The raiders have lacked depth for years. Wait till reggie has more money and MORE DRAFT PICKS.
    ———————————-

    NONSENSE. Bringing in 2 injury prone second tier CB’s as starters in a pass happy league= bad move. Bringing in Mr fumble Goodson= bad move. The list goes on

  • eastoaklandraider

    RaiderDuck Says:
    September 25th, 2012 at 10:45 pm

    Eastoaklandraider Says:
    September 25th, 2012 at 10:39 pm
    Why do we keep picking up GB leftover bums they cannot help us last I checked GBs dbs haven’t been setn the league on fire so I know their practice sqaud guys are bums.

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

    Again, if they’re better than who we have now, what else matters?

    ____________

    Sorry duck I can’t see a promising young db being available after week 3. Whoever this guy is he is a bum and a waste of a roster spot.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    September 25th, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Some fans really dont get it. Reggie Mckenzie was director of pro personel for 16 years with green bay. Im sure he scouted and talked to these players the last two years recently.. they are all young guys and with huge upside.

    That soto kid is a talent. I linked a big article in the blog before. Packer fans were sorry to see Brandian ross go to. Most said GURLEY deserves to be starting for a team.

    I read on the packer forums when Mckenzie was hired to the Raiders that he would turn our organization into a winner and do it the right way. THey said he will doing great things for this org in time.

    THey also said that Raider fans are gonna “love it” once Reggie starts going with young unknown names over pas their prime big name players. HE would go young and unknown more then a big “Name” type player and true to their words we are seeing it.

    Thats how the packers were built according to them. I really dont get why fans get mad at bringing in young talent. U wanted a GM u got one. REGGIE’s GUYS helped win the game on sunday

    LEE forced fumble. Wheeler 11 tackles 2x Forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Hansen Fumble recovery so just STFU we won on sunday. He is bringing in football players and tyring to build A TEAM.

    Not just a bunch of me guys who dont love football and are collecting checks. He is bringing in football players who are about the team. ITs not hard to understand.

    The raiders have lacked depth for years. Wait till reggie has more money and MORE DRAFT PICKS.
    ____________________________________________________

    16 years being nothing more than a YES man…

    Go sell your 26.00 tickets on another BLOG….

    “LEE forced fumble. Wheeler 11 tackles 2x Forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Hansen Fumble recovery so just STFU we won on sunday. He is bringing in football players and tyring to build A TEAM.”

    Lee gave up career numbers to Hartline the week before….the only reason Hanson is on the team is because the other 2 DB’s he signed already got hurt….he should take responsibility for this….

    Wheeler and Burris were nice additions…I’ll give you that….but if the secondary ends up being the death of this team…

    The BLAME falls on the General Manager, Reggie McKenzie….

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    “In the final two games, he notched 2½ sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception returned for a touchdown, sealing his place on the 53-man roster and marking him as a candidate to play against New Orleans in the season opener. The fact much of So’oto’s work came against the opponents’ starters says a lot about his legitimacy.”

    __________________________________________________

    Carl Iheanacho made plays in pre season too my friend…

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    Are you at practice every day? no ..

    and Goodson hasnt dont much? umm other then have a solid KR to put us over the 50 yard line and in scoring posistion b4 halftime. What other KR has done since Ford got hurt? Inhenacho was decent but its obvious they gave the guy his chance.

    I mean the let him make the team and gave him a guarenteed SALARY. Now why would they do that if they didnd think he would pan out?

  • Kirk

    Hagan is better than DHB.

  • RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit

    and Gurley ran a 4.56 at his combine

    An athlete that other teams have been interested in @ WR”

    Gurley is 6-4 230 pounds with good hands and good speed for someone his size

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    RaidersAllday_LtsGeTit Says:
    September 25th, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Are you at practice every day? no ..

    and Goodson hasnt dont much? umm other then have a solid KR to put us over the 50 yard line and in scoring posistion b4 halftime. What other KR has done since Ford got hurt? Inhenacho was decent but its obvious they gave the guy his chance.

    I mean the let him make the team and gave him a guarenteed SALARY. Now why would they do that if they didnd think he would pan out?

    _____________________________________________________

    I know more about this team from where I sit then Reggie does watching practice….

    WRITE THAT DOWN!

  • Carl Weathers

    Yeah, not the same as it used to be. We used to play 2-hand touch in the street and tackle at the local baseball field. A similar game to your 1-yard game that we played was “Smear the Queer”. 1 guy with the ball on one end of a lawn or strip of grass trying to get to the other end without the others tackling him. 1 against everyone else.

    @@@@@@@@

    Sounds like a game we played called British bulldog. On a field, one kid started in the middle while the rest tried to cross it. Lone guy tries to tackle anyone, thus recruiting them to the middle until only one, the victor, I’d left.

  • Kirk

    This team is being rebuilt from ground up.

    I like the fact that we are now looking for football players instead of track men.

  • Carl Weathers

    Is left*^

    G’night!

  • eastoaklandraider

    You can’t be that good if your available 3 weeks into the season PERIOD

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Kirk Says:
    September 25th, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    This team is being rebuilt from ground up.

    I like the fact that we are now looking for football players instead of track men.

    ___________________________________________________

    You don’t rebuild from the ground up….

    You BUILD from the WHY?

    The “why” is the reason behind every decision…

    Reggie’s “WHY” is FEAR BASED….in other words….every decision he makes or does not make is executed with a mentality of “HOW WILL THIS MAKE ME LOOK”?

    He has no CLUE what he is doing….

    The reason I KNOW THIS is because I KNOW what I am DOING….and my “WHY” is and will ALWAYS be greater than his WHY…

    Reggie is a parasite….attempting to COPY a blueprint the Packers used to win a Super Bowl…

    Instead of building his OWN way….he has been conditioned through 16 years to follow a play it safe pattern….when…lets be honest….the ONLY REASON the Packers won a Super Bowl is because the QB was Great that particular season….

  • Bogus B Bogart

    I been telling you guys for weeks, that call that went seattles way was bogus man, bogus.

  • eastoaklandraider

    If you want SB talent you have to pay for it and draft well in the early rounds look at SB teams and you will see that.

  • backstageatapuppetshow

    Reggie is a COPY CAT GM…

    -END OF DISCUSSION-

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zc7oZ9yWqO4

  • Thec

    Mr. Davis RIP, was a creator.

  • AmysInCharge

    Kirk,..you come up with that theory all by yourself?…gosh, Iv never heard that theory before. Youre like a pioneer, a trailblazer. I must follow your thoughts here more often, I really like originals like you.

  • AmysInCharge

    We throwin it down even bigger for Jax bro,..D lot this time,…you must make an appearence.

  • AmysInCharge

    Peyton must go down, and must go down hard.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    AmysInCharge Says:
    September 26th, 2012 at 12:08 am
    Peyton must go down, and must go down hard.

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

    For once, you and I agree 100%. Send the house after him. This would have been suicide a few years ago, but make #18 prove he can thread those passes still. I don’t think he can.

  • raidertalk

    I’ll never forget the great Bill Callahan, standing on his priciples to suspend Pro Bowl Center Robbins after he missed curfew.
    I remember Shaking My Head saying just let the guy play ITS THE FREAKING SUPERBOWL! Who cares if he missed curfew…its the Raiders after all!
    Why not let the dude play, give us the best chance to win and then fine him later on?!
    The Raider days of olde might have helped there…

  • AmysInCharge

    100%?…hey man, what a relief,…99% would really have disappointed me.

  • AmysInCharge

    Ya, ok, Bill made that call,..he never consulted Al on what to do with Robbins,..nooooo, of course not. LMAO

  • raidertalk

    I’d like to see the season play itself out and maybe next season, after a draft with actual picks, before I’d call Reggie Mac a failure.

  • http://www.GodIsImaginary.com RaiderDuck

    AmysInCharge Says:
    September 26th, 2012 at 12:21 am
    100%?…hey man, what a relief,…99% would really have disappointed me.

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

    And of course that would be a disaster rivaling Pompeii, the Titanic, the Hindenburg or Michael Dukakis’ 1988 campaign…

  • raidertalk

    AmysInCharge Says:
    September 26th, 2012 at 12:22 am
    Ya, ok, Bill made that call,..he never consulted Al on what to do with Robbins,..nooooo, of course not. LMAO
    ——————————————————
    I seem to remember the Raiders (under Al) allowing players to play hungover after all nighters. Just watching Callahan coach a couple of years, he seemed just dumb. Dude got lucky and inherited a good team and was just a poor poor decision maker.

  • AmysInCharge

    Im moving forward ese, not dwelling on a game ten years ago,…time to move on Holmes.

  • http://ibabuss.com antispy3

    First off, Barrett Robbins was diagnosed with bipolar disorder all the way back to his college days. So that was no surprise.
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    A troubled life on the line
    By Jon Saraceno, USA TODAY
    MIAMI BEACH — Barret Robbins may be lonely, but he is not alone in his hospital room. At his bedside lurks the two-headed monster of manic depression. Heavily sedated, stricken with pneumonia and breathing with the help of a ventilator, the massive former pro football player struggles for every breath and, silently, his sanity.
    Barret Robbins was a Pro Bowl center for the Raiders before his career was derailed.
    By Julie Jacobson, AP

    Two years after going AWOL before Super Bowl XXXVII, the off-center former Oakland Raiders lineman is back in a hospital again — with an armed police officer outside his door. If he is fortunate, he will live to again confront his bipolar disorder in hopes of conquering mania and depression, demons exacerbated by his self-medicating use of alcohol and drugs.

    This is a tragic story filled with turmoil, heartbreak — and a family’s hope for a loved one tormented by the invisible pain of mental illness. In 2003, two days before the most important game of his life, Robbins went on a drinking binge in Tijuana, Mexico, that left him in a psychiatric ward and under a suicide watch on Super Bowl Sunday.

    Nineteen days ago, disturbed by a dissolving marriage and his wife’s restraining order, the 6-3, 360-pound native Texan was found by police hiding in a women’s restroom. In a bizarre confrontation with three officers, the burly 31-year-old was shot in the heart and in a lung. He faces three felony attempted murder charges, punishable by as much as life in prison. His attorney says an insanity defense is appropriate, if needed.

    Manic depression is an incurable mood disorder that is treatable with medication — prescriptions that friends and family say Robbins failed to take during his long nights of partying along a strip of bars and trendy clubs in South Beach.

    Jimi Hendrix wailed mournfully about it. Experts suggest Van Gogh and Hemingway might have had it. And an estimated 21/2 million Americans, including Dick Cavett, Kitty Dukakis and Ted Turner, publicly have acknowledged they suffer from manic depression.
    Depression carries stigma

    VALENCIA, Calif. – A century ago, those suffering from epilepsy were thought to be possessed by demons. In the 1950s, “cancer” was uttered in a whisper. Thirty years later, the mere mention of AIDS fueled fear – the same ignorance that continues to plague those afflicted with manic depression.

    “I’ve had people come up to me and say, ‘Is it an epidemic?’ ” Marisa Robbins says of her husband’s illness. “If you don’t educate yourself, mental illness can be scary. I hope and pray our story will make someone think, ‘I wonder if that’s my brother or my sister or my mom.’ ”

    One aspect of stigma is that people “perceive (bipolar disorder) to be untreatable,” says Kay Redfield Jamison, a professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University. “The most important thing to say is that it’s a very common illness and it is treatable.”

    She should know: She is bipolar and the author of An Unquiet Mind , a personal account of the disease, which afflicts about 1% of the U.S. population, a significant number from a public health perspective. Depression accounts for another 17%.

    “There’s a gap between public understanding and medical reality,” she says. “And people don’t know what to do with those who seem unpredictable. They’re frightened.”

    Among the symptoms: a change in sleeping patterns; irritability or excitability; grandiosity and paranoia; rapid speech and physical movement. The first episode of bipolar illness often is depression. It often takes years to detect and disproportionately strikes the young, for which suicide is the second-leading killer.

    “The average length of time between the first episode of an illness and the correct diagnosis is about 10 years,” Jamison says.

    Self-medication through alcohol and/or drugs is common as a means of elevating or sedating moods, which can swing wildly. Heredity plays a major role and, Jamison says, “if there is a genetic predisposition on both sides of the family, generally, the onset (of illness) will be earlier. The average age of bipolar illness is 17 or 18. It’s very important for parents to be aware and communicate to their children, ‘Look, this runs in our family.’ ”

    Need help or advice? Access the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Web site at dbsalliance.org. If you know anyone with thoughts of death or suicide, call 800-273-TALK.

    –By Jon Saraceno

    Symptoms of mania include extreme excitability, irritability — even excessive shopping. Severe depression can be accompanied by sleepless nights, suicidal thoughts and, as Marisa Robbins, 33, discovered nearly a decade ago, bizarre and delusional behavior. She never will forget her silent horror after arriving to retrieve her broken boyfriend, a lovable bear of a man who became her husband and father of two girls.

    In 1996, during his second year in the NFL, Robbins was sent home from Denver by the Raiders when he was found dazed and confused the day before a game. Mumbling incoherently, he followed a reporter to his room at the team hotel. He did not know what city he was in — or his coach’s name. Unfortunately, he had no wallet or money and his connecting flight put him in Salt Lake City, where he failed to pay for a meal and was arrested.

    “When I got there, he had peas in his ears from his meal the night before. He was saving them for me,” his wife says, so matter-of-factly that a listener in her California home asks her to repeat the startling description. “He recognized me for an instant and said, ‘I knew you would come to save me.’ The next moment he was talking to me like I was one of his college teachers — ‘How about that test today?’ Then it was like I was his friend Jimmy (Newell): ‘What are we going to do today, Jimbo?’ ”

    After Marisa bailed him out, the pair drove to the airport for a flight home to Oakland. “Each time we’d get to a stoplight, he’d open the door and say, ‘Thanks for the ride,’ and try to get out,” she recalls.

    Robbins missed the Raiders’ next game. The team told reporters his medical problem was “influenza syndrome.” Of course, it was not.

    The music of life searing through Robbins’ chemically unbalanced mind was alternately melodious and discordant, a la Hendrix’s famous ode to the infamous illness.

    Manic depression is touching my soul

    I know what I want but I just don’t know

    How to go about gettin’ it

    Feeling, sweet feeling

    Drops from fingers, fingers

    Manic depression is catchin’ my soul …

    Yes, everything’s bigger in Texas — especially the football beef. At Sharpstown High in Houston, Robbins was a whopper at 293 pounds. He was extremely athletic considering his hanging-slab-of-meat size. He could dunk a basketball and run 40 yards in 5.1 seconds.

    “Once, I saw this boy try to steal home on him (as a catcher). ‘Course, he almost killed the kid,” says Bobby Plummer, the football coach at Sharpstown for 29 seasons. “A few innings later, the same kid tried it again. He ran full speed until he got about 10 feet from Barret and just stopped. Hell, he wasn’t going to hit that wall again.”

    Robbins was popular with teammates, coaches and teachers and attended Fellowship of Christian Athletes meetings. He was a loving son to his mother, Kaye, who adored and spoiled him. As a young child, he repeatedly asked his parents if he could sleep with them. After they shooed him from their bedroom a couple of times, they finally would acquiesce and Robbins would gleefully exclaim, “Oh, tank you, mama! Tank you, mama!’ ”

    As a senior in high school, Robbins assisted mentally and physically challenged children in phys-ed class. They called him “Big Bear.”

    He had one goal in life:

    Playing in the NFL.

    Alcohol, steroids and depression

    He attended Texas Christian University, where he majored in physical education but didn’t graduate. Robbins received no other scholarship offers, according to Plummer, a TCU graduate who telephoned his alma mater’s recruiting coordinator and said, “I’ve got the best football player I’ve ever had,” but one unnoticed on a so-so team.

    It was about that time Plummer noticed something else: “I’m pretty sure he drank quite a bit in high school. But I tell you what, there was a bunch of them that did.”

    Young Barret sampled alcohol in his parents’ home — with consent.

    “His (father) would give him a little drink of beer when he was little,” says Zula Crosby, Robbins’ maternal grandmother. Her late daughter, Kaye, drank and suffered depression. And Robbins’ aunt, Ann Crosby, recently was diagnosed as bipolar. After a divorce from Dean “Rob” Robbins, Kaye stayed single.

    Today, Robbins’ half-brother, Scotty, 40, has stopped drinking. He would like his big brother to do the same because, as he says, “I think Barret’s main issue is alcohol. All the men on our side of the family love to drink. The hardest thing for Barret is that he doesn’t understand yet he just can’t do it.”

    An estimated 60% of those with bipolar disorder abuse alcohol or drugs. Scotty, who has the same father as Barret, remembers drinking with his dad as a young teen.

    “I don’t think (my parents) understood the seriousness of it, even though there’s alcoholism on my father’s side. It wasn’t like they were encouraging it; I just think they thought it was kind of funny.”

    In addition to drinking in college, Robbins began using at least one other potentially dangerous drug — steroids. “He would tell me, ‘Dad, I don’t need that stuff,’ ” Rob says.

    At TCU, Robbins bulked up his strapping physique by cycling steroids, his wife says. A turbo-boost to his aggressiveness was rewarded: He was named the Horned Frogs’ Davey O’Brien Fightin’est Player.

    “If you have a genetic vulnerability to bipolar illness, any drug abuse — but particularly something like steroids — not only brings it on earlier, it worsens its course and makes it (harder) to treat,” says bipolar expert Kay Redfield Jamison, a professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University.

    While at TCU, Robbins was hospitalized for depression in Fort Worth, his family says. Although details are sketchy, he was found wandering on the lot of an auto dealership, arrested, placed under observation and given antipsychotic drugs. The family convened with doctors at the hospital, along with TCU head coach Pat Sullivan. Now at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Sullivan did not return phone calls from USA TODAY.

    “When (Barret) was at TCU, he was taking steroids, and it affected him,” his grandmother says. “We were there and saw it. They had him in the hospital, and he wanted out. The coach was with us. They called Kaye in a room to talk with her. I remember Barret looking in the door and seeing her in there.

    ” ‘Mama, I love you and I always will,’ ” he told her.

    When she died in 1999, her youngest son couldn’t bear the torment. He told his brother, ” ‘When Mom died, a big part of me went with her,’ ” Scotty recalls.

    “I was with him at the hospital when she died. He squalled like a baby. It was bad,” he says. “I think Barret could’ve maybe had a better sense of coping had he not lost her. That was a huge deal for him.”

    Woman so weary, the sweet cause in vain

    You make love, you break love

    It’s all the same

    When it’s, when it’s over, mama

    Music, sweet music

    I wish I could caress, caress, caress

    Manic depression is a frustrating mess …

    Barret met Marisa, then a hairdresser, during his rookie camp in 1995 at a cantina near her home in Calabasas, Calif. Like the Raiders, who selected him in the second round, she took an immediate liking to the big fella, who liked all music but especially the blues.

    “He was charming and friendly, a happy, loving guy,” she says. “He had friends everywhere. He was very open to people. That’s one of the things I liked about him. And he was very respectful.”

    They married in 1997 and bought a home in Pleasanton, Calif. Robbins frolicked with their dogs, swam with the girls and played golf when his knees didn’t ache.

    By Dan McMedan, USA TODAY
    Marisa Robbins, the estranged wife of Barret Robbins, recently got a restraining order on the advice of her lawyer and her husband’s therapist. “We were hoping it would urge him to see he needed to get treatment,” she says.

    His wife says he often played football in pain and took painkilling injections before games. He had total right knee reconstruction in 2001 and eventually asked for his release last summer because, as she says, “He failed his physical and had knowingly failed a couple of other tests, and he didn’t know if there were going to be other things that would be coming out, too.”

    During his final season in 2003, he took a salary cut from $3.2 million to $1 million. Though he had chronic pain and walked with a limp, he planned to lose weight for a comeback attempt in 2005.

    There were ups and downs in their relationship, but even after she knew her husband for years, Marisa says, “I never, ever thought, ‘Boy, this dude ain’t right.’ But there would be times when he just couldn’t get up and get out of bed. He would say, ‘I just don’t feel good, baby.’ And there were other times when he never felt better.”

    Perhaps the Raiders should have suspected something was seriously amiss before he was drafted. Asked if he knew of Robbins’ past, Bruce Allen, then a Raiders senior assistant, says, “Let me just say it this way: We’re aware of everything. In this era, it’s almost impossible to get away with running a stop sign.”

    Silver and black, turning blue

    Robbins fit the silver-and-black blueprint, and the Raiders, who have gambled on players many times, made him the league’s 49th overall draft choice.

    “He fit the mold of what we were looking for — a big, physical, very tough football player,” Allen says.

    Indeed. In 1998, Robbins was ejected from a game against Baltimore after kicking tough-guy Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis — in the head. By then, he already had quite a reputation for boozing, too.

    Citing legal reasons, Allen refuses to discuss the specifics of how the Raiders helped Robbins, who had frequent, unexplained absences in 2002. The next year, it was revealed he tested positive for the designer steroid THG. The news leak “crushed” him, Marisa says. He subsequently was fined three game checks by the NFL. When Allen heard the former Raider had been shot by police, he cringed.

    “You watch the news every night and there’s a bad story,” Allen says. “This one had a face, and you knew the face. You knew the person.”

    Robbins’ father thought he knew his son, too, but says, “He would tell you everything you wanted to hear, but when you’re not with him, he gets in some sort of mood.”

    Marisa thought she knew her husband, too.

    Sure, he liked to super-size his screwdrivers and loved his Miller Lite. And sometimes he chewed tobacco and lit up a cigarette — or, more to his liking, he smoked pot. He spent nearly a month at the Betty Ford Clinic after his humiliation at the Super Bowl, although doctors wanted him to stay longer. Robbins refused but adamantly maintained he never would do anything again to embarrass himself.

    He stopped drinking but resumed in March after he agreed to let his wife monitor his consumption. Soon there were tip-offs.

    “He would talk a little faster. Some of his ideas were faster and he would even drive faster,” she says of the creeping mania. “He’d start listening to his louder, hard-core rap music. As it progressed, I could actually see a difference in his body language. He sometimes got fidgety and would have these rapid movements with his hands. He started spending more, wanting to put $7,000 in a sound system and a TV in his Mercedes.”

    When she delicately broached the topic, her husband became upset. He would make appointments with his therapist and not show.

    He began skipping his medication: Depakote, an anticonvulsant used for mood swings; Risperdal, an antipsychotic, and Wellbutrin, an antidepressant. He and Marisa began to argue more loudly. He would send her vulgar text messages on her cell phone.

    His agent, Drew Pittman, and former Raiders teammates such as Steve Wisniewski, Robert Jenkins and pastor Napoleon Kaufman tried to help Robbins deal with life on a higher, more spiritual plane.

    “One day, Wiz, me and Barret had a ‘Come to Jesus’ meeting,” Pittman says. “Marisa has been through hell and back. But she doesn’t blame Barret.”

    Nothing seized his attention — until last summer. His wife moved out and took their girls, 4 and 6, from the Bay Area back to Southern California. She filed for divorce in November. After he was accused of striking a security guard and charged with drunk and disorderly conduct in December, she got a restraining order on the advice of her lawyer and Robbins’ therapist.

    He had begun sharing suicidal thoughts with his wife. And he was found wandering the parking lot of a psychiatric center. He badly missed his girls, buying them Christmas presents he would not be allowed to personally deliver.

    “We were hoping it would urge him to see he needed to get treatment, that he needed to be sober,” Marisa says. “He didn’t deserve to have his girls grow up and see him that way. They love their daddy. But he just got angry with me.”

    Finally, Robbins agreed to make plans to go to a treatment center in Malibu, Calif. But before completing a three-day mental evaluation after his arrest in San Francisco, he walked out. Within days, he was gone, off to Florida on a 10-day trip that would forever change his life.

    Well, I think I’ll go turn myself off

    And go on down

    All the way down

    Really ain’t no use in me hangin’ around

    In your kinda scene …

    Robbins soon found his slice of blurry, alcohol-hazed heaven: decadent South Beach.

    His friend of more than 25 years, Jimmy Newell, was in Miami and his good bud decided to join him. Robbins talked about the two flying off to Jamaica, but instead they stayed at the Loews Hotel and barhopped for two nights. At the time, Robbins was frustrated because he didn’t have the proper attire to be admitted into the hottest clubs.

    Newell also recalls his friend being agitated one morning regarding his wife’s restraining order. Off his medication, drinking heavily and without much sleep, Robbins found himself alone when his buddy flew back to Los Angeles.

    “I don’t feel responsible because everyone’s their own person,” says Newell, the best man in Robbins’ wedding who has incurred the wrath of the family. “But I definitely wish I would’ve stayed — things would’ve been different. I’m not sure exactly what was going on in Barret’s head.”

    Going south, in a hurry

    The week of the shooting, Robbins repeatedly called his wife and father, sounding quite unstable. Finally, his aunt Ann got on a plane with a cousin to try to coax him home. She told her nephew she was coming to Florida. He kept changing hotels to dodge her.

    “Then I saw this bar on the corner and told my cousin, ‘He’s in there.’ There were scantily clad women dancing on the bar. He was sitting right there. I pulled him outside and said, ‘Are you coming home with me?’ ”

    He said he didn’t know. He looked different to her with his long, curly hair and glasses.

    “I held his face in my hands and said, ‘You look so good to me, but I’m worried about you.’ But he wouldn’t come. I asked him if he was on his meds and he said, ‘Yes.’ But I could tell by the look in his eyes that he was lying through his teeth. I made him kiss me and I got a hug. Then he walked back into the bar and I came home.”

    Two nights later, police responded to a burglary call in an office building housing a nightclub and discovered Robbins, minus his shoes, crouching on a toilet to avoid detection in a women’s restroom stall. At first he cooperated, but then he became agitated when a uniformed officer told him to put his hands on the wall, police say.

    They say three officers tussled with Robbins, who body-slammed at least two of them and tried to reach for their guns. Five shots were fired by Officer Michael Muley and two struck the former player. Police say Robbins began laughing and cursing after the attack and continued to struggle as he was being loaded into an ambulance.

    The state attorney’s office is investigating. Formal charges are pending. Robbins’ attorney, Ed O’Donnell, has been unable to meet, much less speak, with his client, who is in stable condition.

    Marisa flew to Florida, where she found her estranged husband looking “like he was on his deathbed,” arms and hands tied down with a strap across his chest. Tubes ran from his nose and arms, and his head and legs were immobilized to prevent him from tearing off stuff.

    On a wall near his brother’s bed inside the trauma center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, Scotty has taped a photograph of the brothers and their father during happier days, times also shared by a devastated but strong woman.

    “It’s very sad and poetic to see him lying in his hospital that way, because that’s exactly how his mother looked when she died,” Marisa says, her eyes beginning to tear. “It breaks my heart to see him like that. I know he missed us; I know he was lonely. He didn’t want to live without us. He would tell me, ‘I’ll get this straight, I’ll be OK.’

    “I want to remind everyone that Barret is not a bad man. He’s not a potential murderer, he’s not a burglar and he’s not a vandal.

    “He is a sick man.”

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    He got a year and half for going after three cops in Miami?

    What did he get for not showing up to the fuk’n Superbowl?

  • Raider Riff

    Goldie7 Says:
    September 25th, 2012 at 8:29 pm
    18.RaiderLen Says:
    September 25th, 2012 at 8:23 pm
    Goldie7 Says:
    September 25th, 2012 at 8:18 pm
    Who’s the ederly man in the video pic.? Oh my bad that’s Barret Robbins. Darn…he was in prision this long? Yep…abuse of drugs and alcohol was the reason he didn’t show up to the SB game against the Bucs. You would think after being in prision this amount of time…he would be sorta humble. You think?
    ——————————–
    The Guy is certifiable. He needs meds.

    Raiders new this, and monitored.
    *****************************************************
    Yeah…really sad. Did they forgot to monitor him on SB morning?

    ——————————-

    Barret freaked out after Callahan changed the gameplan two days before the game and without giving the players any time to practice.

    Barret was frustrated and stressed and went off his meds. He then ended up in TJ where he was celebrating the SB win he thought we’d already done. Tim Brown and other players still blame Callahan for the whole thing. They think Callahan threw the game to get back at Al Davis. The Raiders org was well aware of Barret’s bi-polar disorder and issues. They monitored him the best they could.

    Who knows what conspiracy theories are out there. Jon Gruden knew Barret’s weaknesses more than anyone. If Bellicheat got caught cheating for what is pretty routine around the league and Al never used computers in the scouting dept for fear of espionage, then who knows what these NFL teams are willing to do to exploit weaknesses of players if a SB is on the line.

    I think there is a game behind the game that is so nefarious the media could never report on it.

    As for the cop beating incident… Am I not the only one that feels ZERO sympathy for the cops? Especially a MOTORCYCLE COP, whom happen to be the biggest A-h0les on the planet. Fvck the police.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Vic So’oto added

    Carl Iheanacho dropped

    Tori Gurley added

    Vaughn Meatoga dropped

    ***

    Reggie still making post 53man roster moves

    any of them good ones??

    re-sign Johnnie Lee Higgins !!

  • RaiderRockstar

    The Oakland Packers

    ***

    LOL @ Thec!!

    sure seems that way

  • RaiderRockstar

    Hey, maybe we’ll finally sign Cedric Benson after the Packers are done with him ??

  • RaiderRockstar

    Bucs sign Roscoe Parrish (LOL!)

    Redskins ink RB Ryan Grant [sorry G123]

  • Raider Riff

    Im reviewing the game tape. Report coming soon.