Raiders' Ex-Coach: I Didn't Throw Super Bowl

Callahan 'hated the Raiders,' Tim Brown claims
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 23, 2013 12:03 AM CST
Former Oakland Coach Denies Super Bowl Sabotage
Then-Oakland Raiders head coach Bill Callahan cheers as his team scores against the Pittsburgh Steelers in this September 2002 photo.   (AP Photo/ Gary Tramontina, File)

Former Oakland coach Bill Callahan has angrily rejected accusations that he sabotaged the team before its Super Bowl loss to Tampa Bay in 2003. Former Raiders receivers Tim Brown and Jerry Rice recently claimed that Callahan threw the game by changing the game plan at the last minute, the AP reports. Brown told an interviewer earlier this week that the "sabotage" was because of Callahan's friendship with Tampa Bay coach Jon Gruden, and because Callahan "hated the Raiders."

Other Raiders came to the former coach's defense after the comments and Callahan issued a statement that hinted at legal action, saying he was "shocked, saddened, and outraged" by the "ludicrous and defamatory" allegations, NBC reports. "Any suggestion that I would undermine the integrity of the sport that I love and dedicated my life to, or dishonor the commitment I made to our players, coaches, and fans is flat out wrong," he said. "I think it would be in the best interests of all, including the game America loves, that these allegations be retracted immediately." (Read more NFL stories.)

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