Lomas Brown: I purposely missed a block to get Scott Mitchell hurt

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Former Lions offensive tackle and current ESPN analyst Lomas Brown made a startling confession in a radio interview on Friday: Brown said that he once purposely missed a block because he wanted the man he was supposed to block, Packers defensive end Sean Jones, to injure Lions quarterback Scott Mitchell.

In an interview on ESPN Radio, Brown said that in a 1994 game, he purposely whiffed on Jones so that Jones could get a clean shot on Mitchell. Sure enough, Brown got his intended result, as Mitchell was knocked out of the game.

“We were playing Green Bay in Milwaukee,” Brown said. “We were getting beat, 24-3, at that time and he just stunk up the place. He’s throwing interceptions, just everything. So I looked at Kevin Glover, our All-Pro center and I said, ‘Glove, that is it.’ I said, ‘I’m getting him out the game.’ . . . So I got the gator arms on the guy at the last minute, he got around me, he hit Scott Mitchell, he did something to his finger . . . and he came out the game. [Lions backup quarterback] Dave Krieg came in the game.”

Host Ryen Russillo expressed shock that Brown would admit such a thing, but Brown showed no remorse.

“As you can tell, I’m just not a big fan of Scott Mitchell. He’s just not on my Christmas list. He won’t be getting any Christmas presents from me this year,” Brown said.

The Detroit Free Press notes that while Brown misremembered some of the details of the game, his basic description of what happened adds up: Jones drilled Mitchell with a hit that broke a finger on Mitchell’s passing hand, and Mitchell was replaced by Krieg. As Brown correctly recalled, Mitchell was having a terrible game, but Krieg played well in relief for the rest of that game and played well for the Lions the rest of the season.

Brown seems proud of himself about being the one who caused the team to change quarterbacks, but he shouldn’t be. There’s never an excuse for a football player to step onto the field and not give his best effort, but to fail to give your best effort because you want one of your teammates to get injured is totally unacceptable. For Brown to laugh about it all these years later, as if he’s glad that his actions caused a teammate to suffer an injury, is disgraceful.

And for Brown, who is suing the NFL because he says the NFL didn’t do enough to protect players from concussions, to celebrate the fact that he once stood by and allowed an opponent to take an injury-causing free shot at a teammate, is pitiful.

132 responses to “Lomas Brown: I purposely missed a block to get Scott Mitchell hurt

  1. Wow. Just…wow. As a Detroiter, I hated Mitchell as much as anyone. But to delibritely allow a teammate to be hurt goes against everything we are ever taught in sports. You cover your team mates ass. No matter what. This is…awful. Vile.

  2. Hey the NFL should take these remarks and use them in the lawsuit.

    How can the NFL be expected to protect the players when other players were doing their best to make sure that other players got hurt?

  3. Look up the definition of Grade “A” A$$hole in the dictionary and you’ll see a picture of this rube.

  4. It is pretty pathetic, but I wonder how many other NFL players would consider doing the same thing in similar situations.

  5. Suspend him from First Take for 1 day with pay. If racism gets you 30 days I figure a missed block is only worth one.

  6. I have no issue with this at all. Except, he probably shouldn’t have told the world. Winning is everything, and Scott Mitchell stunk. Offensive lineman are putting their health on the line every play, why should they have to take all the punishment for a bum?

  7. Wow! Always liked this guy until this. Scott Mitchell was an abomination at quarterback but to not do your best on every play is disgraceful.

  8. Clearly this isn’t the whole story. Brown says he let Mitchell get hit because he was having a bad game, but Brown still doesn’t like Mitchell all these years later. Something is up…

  9. And I am sure he is not the only one who ever did this. It is funny that any time something like this or the bounty stuff comes out and everyone is so surprised.

  10. I have to think there must have been something more than Mitchell stinking up the joint. Perhaps it was something personal. The Cardinals and Jets, to name just two, would have NO QBS if playing poorly resulted in missed blocks. That being said, it is rather curious that ANY lineman would say something like this out loud, much less mention it into a live microphone!

  11. The only thing I remember this idiot for is his guarantee that the Lions would beat the Eagles in a Wild Card game… only to lose to the Eagles by something like 58-24 and the Eagles fans chanting “Lomas…Lomas… Lomas…”

  12. I think this is a great story. I do not blame Lomas Brown, I blame the media. The media wants “inside access” into the NFL locker room, NFL culture and the mind of the NFL players. However, when the information overwhelms the media or it becomes “too real” for the media, the media cries home to the mother or they hide under their bed with a pillow covering their head.
    Dear media, grow up and get tough or if this is too much for you then you should start covering gymnastics or ballet. Those sports are the contact free sports that you may be better suited to cover.
    Post this comment to see how many people agree with me.

  13. The NFL paid Lomas Browns millions of dollars to perform as a player, just as ESPN is paying him a hefty sum to comment on the NFL. The NFL, both then and now, is responsible for Brown and his family enjoying a comfortable lifestyle.
    Yet, here he is, suing the league and bragging that he took dives during games. Making matters worse, he’s a horrible NFL analyst.
    Is ESPN purposely trying to disconnect with its viewers and listeners?

  14. Typical Detroit Lions stuff here. Is anyone really that shocked?

    This is why they continue to be perennial losers. They’re never a true “team.”

    Thank heaven that I get to cheer for a different, much better franchise.

  15. How about someone leaving the mic open while Brown is on commercial break and he says something else as stupid, getting his butt fired. Sorry Lomass, that’s the way it works. Let’s hear his sorry butt laugh at that, jerk.

  16. All I can say is WOW!!! I have played enough ball in my day that there were teammates I didn’t like but for 60 minutes I had their back and was paid well enough to perform at a high level

  17. This probably happens a lot more than people believe, anybody see “Any given Sunday” the O line in the movie let Willie Beaman get blown up when his head got too big…..there are people you don’t like at your workplace….why is it different on the gridiron?

  18. The Lions should file a grievance and a lawsuit, collect some money from Lomas and put it towards next year’s salary cap.

    Or it might have to be spread over his lifetime when they calculate how much money the franchise lost because their big money QB was damaged from a premeditated football crime.

  19. Roger Goodell and the NFL are smiling. These players are hurting their case by suing the NFL over concussions. All the they have to do is show this quo and others about bountys to show how the players control injuries more the rules.

  20. An integrity issue … one that ESPN should review in determining Brown’s continued employment. Now any “analysis” Brown makes stands as unprofessional as his actions as a player.

  21. You guys kill me with this fake outrage. So Lomas knew for sure whatever hit the QB would take would injure him for the season?

    So every time there’s a free rusher at the QB, they get injured for the season?

    Chill out. What he did was dumb, but there’s no way he was psychic to know the QB would be hurt. And if you blame him hurting his QB by wishing bad things on someone, then blame all the knuckleheads who had been wishing aloud for years that Steve Irwin would be killed by a dangerous animal too

    SMH

  22. Its amazing that Lomas actually has a paying job as an analyst. Not only is he one of the worst analysts ive seen but frankly hes not very intelligent or even capable of forming coherent sentences.

  23. Gotta make you wonder with all of these ignorant analysts at ESPN, what type of audience do they appeal to?

    I have gotten where I only watch the score ticker on ESPN momentarily, to catch a score…

    And to the advertisers…I stick around for the score, not for the commercials wrapped around racists commentators opinions…like a lot of us are sick of.

    Yeah I’m talking about you Jamele Hill, Skip Bayless and Steven A. Smith

  24. I don’t have a strong opinion on whether it was acceptable to do this- I’d just like to see Rob Parker walk up to Lomas Brown and call him a cornball brother, question his blackness, and whether he’s really down with “the cause”.

  25. Espn should dump him, the league shoulds suspend his pension, and remove any mention of him ever playing,and mitchel should sue him. Gotta be one of the worst things ive read yet

  26. Anyone see Any Given Sunday? It’s part of the NFL and always has been. Do you think the Center said or did anything about it after the game given the fact Lomas Brown told him before the play what was going to happen?

    Is it OK? No, but it’s part of the game as are cut blocks, eye gouging, poking, kicking nuts, and other things under the pile that go unseen by the refs.

  27. Scott Mitchell was terrible (why does a guy 6’5″ need to throw sidearm all the time? and he fainted from being so drunk/hungover during a game) as a QB and leader. However, Brown just exposed himself as a lowlife and an idiot.

  28. Lomas Brown is a waste of human flesh. What a complete piece of trash he is. His mom, dad, wife, kids whatever, must be proud of him.
    Why would you EVER admit to doing something like that?

  29. Let’s run a hypothetical example, substitute Mike Munchak for Lomas Brown and Warren Moon for Scott Mitchell.

    What would be the main topic of discussion?

    I’ll hazard a guess. Michael Wilbon would be screaming racism on ESPN’s PTI show.

    So why isn’t it mentioned here?

  30. As a life long Lions fan this is the most disappointing thing that I have experienced. Lomas was an anchor of our team and I am shocked. Lomas your rich and don’t care but some people to look, well looked, up to you. You are garbage and an embarrassment to the organization. I hope that the Lions erase you from our history. Character, integrity, and honor none of which you have.

  31. Gotta make you wonder with all of these ignorant analysts at ESPN, what type of audience do they appeal to?

    I have gotten where I only watch the score ticker on ESPN momentarily, to catch a score…

    And to the advertisers…I stick around for the score, not for the commercials wrapped around racists commentators opinions…like a lot of us are sick of.

    Yeah I’m talking about you Jamele Hill, Skip Bayless and Steven A. Smith

    ******************

    Oh and I forgot Mr. White Guilt Scott Van Pelt…

  32. Disgusting.

    Hard to believe anyone could be so:

    (1) vile, to intentionally seek to get a teammate injured (and possibly destroy another man’s career)

    (2) arrogant that he’d brag about it years later, after time to reflect

    (3) beyond mere stupid to not realize that there could be no good from ever admitting to such deplorable behavior

    I don’t need to see any more ESPN spots on Santa Lomas.

  33. Wow, stupid is as stupid does. If ESPN does not let this guy go, I will never turn the channel on again. I wonder if race has something to do about it. If Michael Vick was back there, no way he does that.

  34. Do I like this? No. But we’re always saying how one day Jay Cutler will get one of the whiff blocks for the way he treats & berates his lineman. We can’t be surprised when it actually happens.

  35. Forfeit all NFL $$ he gets to the QB he tried to have killed. Little time in prison, a year or two, he and other cowards would probably get the message.

  36. Forfeit all NFL $$ he gets to the QB he tried to have killed. Little time in prison, a year or two, he and other cowards would probably get the message.

  37. The strange part is that ESPN is alienating themselves with this kind of crap…

    Sports is where a lot of us (“us” meaning fans from many diverse backgrounds and races) go to get away from this kind of thing.

  38. It’s not good, but it happens. That’s why most QBs keep good relationships with their offensive linemen. So when the QB does have a bad game, he doesn’t have to worry about one of his linemen whiffing on a play. I guarantee you that Brown is not the only one who has done this. He just is the only one (as of now) to admit it.

  39. ESPN should fire him. The NFL should take his pension and give it to Mitchell and ban him from NFL events for life.

  40. Wow, ESPN used to be everything. Now? It’s Lomas Brown and that greasy First Take show with Skip Bayless.

    I guess they couldn’t stay on top forever.

  41. Obvious brain injury made him smarter. What a big giant buffoon and a disgrace to all who ever played the game right. Lomas, you are a big huge idiot!

  42. Now lets be honest here though. How many people do you think have done this in the past and still are doing this?

    He’s an ass for doing that but we all know the truth. He’s the only one to admit it so far publicly..but sure can’t be the only one that’s done it.

  43. I’ve lost all respect for this POS & anytime I hear him on ESPN now, I will immediately change the channel. Disgraceful!

  44. The NFL’s always had its share of enforcing sadists.

    You’ll typically find them on the defensive side of the ball, and they often make damn good football players – despite the fact that typically no one wants anything to do with them off the field.

    Not to imply Lomas Brown is one of them, of course. But that isn’t too classy, Lomas.

  45. Who at ESPN is in charge of hiring these loser NFL analysts? I am wondering why anyone watches NFL coverage on ESPN anymore. On Sundays there is much better NFL coverage on FOX, CBS, or NFL Network, and NBC Football Night for the post game highlights.

  46. Low class, but at the same time, I bet the same is happening in NY with the Jets. oL doesn’t respect Sanchez. Too bad Rex failed to admit it and kept throwing him to the wolves. Sanchez and Rex have to go.

  47. Wow!!!! That sorta of crap should exclude him from any lawsuit and/or should have some effect on his retirement benefits….

    If the Lions had class(which we know they’re lacking in), all mentions of this guy would be removed. It’s similar to throwing a game..

    Barry Sanders could have never played for this franchise…

  48. I just lost all my respect for Mr. Brown. As a pro football analyst how am I to respect or even believe anything he says in the future? He has lost all credibility. I will change the dial when he comes on ESPN in the future.

  49. This is the same guy who predicted that the Lions would blow out the Eagles in a 1st round playoff game and then proceeded to get blown out by the Eagles. Lomas Brown is a tool and he’s probably broke, that’s why he’s suing and he’s probably doing everything he can to make a quick buck.

  50. This is the same guy who predicted that the Lions would blow out the Eagles in a 1st round playoff game and then proceeded to get blown out by the Eagles. Lomas Brown is a tool and he’s probably broke, that’s why he’s suing and he’s probably doing everything he can to make a quick buck.

  51. This is the same guy who predicted that the Lions would blow out the Eagles in a 1st round playoff game and then proceeded to get blown out by the Eagles. Lomas Brown is a tool and he’s probably broke, that’s why he’s suing and he’s probably doing everything he can to make a quick buck.

  52. amazing.. ESPN wont give hockey 30 seconds of airtime, yet we as sports fans, must listen to douche nozzels like this guy.. Keep hiring the f*cktards of football to hog up the airtime..

  53. kenstabler says:
    Dec 22, 2012 5:46 PM
    Wow, stupid is as stupid does. If ESPN does not let this guy go, I will never turn the channel on again. I wonder if race has something to do about it. If Michael Vick was back there, no way he does that.

    —————–

    Exactly what I was thinking. What a punk.

  54. Wow. This hurts. I’m a huge Lions fan and I grew up watching Lomas; got his autograph when I was a kid and actually had a great conversation with him a few months back at a charity event. I was a huge fan of his, but this is inexcusable. I’m very disappointed.

  55. Some people are saying, “it’s part of the game, stop whining.” No, its not part of the game. Giving up is part of the game? Hurting you teammate? What game was that ever part of?

  56. Now we know why Jay Cutler is basically a human tackling dummy. His O-Line can’t stand the whining, sniveling, snot-nosed brat.The only difference being Cutler gets back up more often.

  57. Dumb dumb! What is he trying to prove here? Sounds like he’s trying to be a 15min star here..Hope Espn fires him..Just pathetic how this guy sounds..He is having of what he did to get his guy injured and now he’s suing the NFL for not doing enough to protect the players back then..hahaha..dumb dumb..how can Espn let a guy like have a job?

  58. “This is not surprising.

    it is common knowledge that when the O line doesn’t like the plays called, they’ll let the D line in.”

    What exactly are you basing this off of? Sounds like you’ve seen too many football movies. Why would they punish the QB or RB for the OC’s play calls?

  59. With no ability at all and a dwindling number of watchers even remembering that they ever played, these ex-jock announcers outdo themselves to either be hyper-critical of their former teammates (Barber) or the commentator equivalent of shock jocks. End of career No. 2, baby.

  60. Does an idiot who admits something so attrocious as trying to get your teammate hurt really deserve a career in the broadcast booth,I think not.

  61. I contacted espn the other day to tell them to close down my account. I’m boycotting them for slapping rob the sh!tbag parker on the wrist after admitting to being a racist retard. This only solidifies my stance. This company should pay for their sins. If espn is promoting shock journalism in order to drum up attention- ala Jerry Springer, they deserve to go to hell (and lose business BIG-time) for bringing society down into the gutter just for ratings. This is what is wrong with our country. I was raised in a MUCH more noble/ honorable time. This BS makes me sad and angry, and I have a feeling of hopelessness for the future of our nation.

  62. I wonder if Mitchell can sue Brown…

    This is pitiful. I can’t believe that he would do such a thing, but it is even dumber to admit it I don’t care how many years later. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I didn’t think this happened at the NFL level, and it makes me wonder how many o ther times it has happened, though we will never know.

  63. What a punk A$$ B!tch move! ESPN should fire his sorry butt immediately. Do not pass go, don’t pay him another penny to analyze sports. He clearly has no idea what being a team player is all about!

  64. Stop with the lawsuit stuff. He didnt go out of his way to injure the guy he just chose to be classless and not do his job, that doesnt constitute a lawsuit. For what? Negligence?

    He deserves to be shunned by anyone whoever coached or played the game though

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