Last week I took Tim Brown to task over his idiotic claims of Super Bowl sabotage. My words didn’t sit well with many member of Raider Nation but I couldn’t blindly ignore how ignorant Brown’s unfounded claims were regardless of all the great things he did wearing Silver and Black.
But my opinion hardly matters. However there are now rumblings that the opinions of those who vote on the Hall of Fame have taken a view similar to mine. Vic Tafur Tweeted that he has spoken with various Hall voters in New Orleans and the general feeling is that Brown had no chance of getting in and his sabotage comments have effectively sabotaged his Hall chances with the vote coming this weekend.
I’ll be the first to argue that Brown’s production on the field has more than merited his induction into Canton. His numbers dwarf those of Hall of Fame receivers such as Michael Irvin and Lynn Swann. I’ll also be the first to say that what a man does and says off the field should not be held against him.
However what Brown claimed was reckless, selfish and arrogant. For him to assume he could accuse a coach of an act that would effectively equate to throwing the biggest game in all of sports then simply sweep it all under the rug with a half-hearted denial was foolish.
The Hall voters aren’t supposed to take things like this into account when they vote but who is going to stop them?
At this point I can’t even feel for Brown because he dug this ditch. Even if Bill Callahan did indeed throw the game just to spite Al Davis why did it take a full decade for Brown to bring up the sore subject? Even more confusing is why Jerry Rice has been given a free pass when he quickly co-signed Brown’s sabotage story.
But I think we know why Brown has been painted as the villain while Rice gets to continue his pointless ramblings.
We already know there are unfair stigmatisms associated with the Raiders’ franchise. Those ideals shouldn’t be held against men that have worn Silver and Black but we know they are. Fair or unfair that’s just life. And in this life Tim Brown needed to think before he spoke. Taking ten years to expose perhaps the most scandalous story in the history of the Super Bowl makes Brown looks attention starved instead of forthcoming.
I do believe his day will come and more open minded voters will do what is right. Now I’m just afraid that might not happen while Brown is still a relevant name in the football landscape. From here out when the name Tim Brown is mentioned by the sports public it will be associated with a faulty accusation he quickly retreated on instead of a phenomenal talent that played the game with the pride and passion of a true Hall of Famer.