After Brown’s now infamous interview this past week on ESPN radio, I’ve lost any and all respect for Lomas as a football player and really as a man.
During a game vs the Green Bay Packers back in 1994 Lomas said, “We were playing Green Bay in Milwaukee … 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. Dave Krieg came in the game. We ended up losing that game, 27-24.” Mitchell broke a finger on the play and was lost for the remainder of the season.
Ask anyone who has ever played the game or been involved in it, for an offensive left tackle to purposely miss a block and hang his quarterback out to dry is a betrayal of the highest regard. The biggest responsibility a left tackle has is to protect the blind side of the QB in pass protection.
The thing is not only is Lomas a malcontent for doing what he did, the man is a complete hypocrite to boot.
When Lomas decided to open his fat mouth to guarantee a victory the week prior to the Lions getting annihilated 58-37 by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1995 playoffs, this was his rationale for the assumed win: “We have an offense that nobody can stop. I don’t think Philly can stop us. Not if we play the way we’ve played the last seven weeks.”
So let’s get this straight, in one year Lomas went from intentionally missing a blocking assignment in an attempt to injure his QB and keep him from returning to the game, to singing the praises of the offense and the same QB the next year, so much so that he felt he needed to make a victory proclamation. Unreal.
To add to the fact of how hypocritical Lomas Brown is, he is one of several former NFL players suing the league for what he claims was the NFL’s failure to educate and promote the safety of the players. How can he make these claims when he willfully put the career and health of his own teammate in jeopardy because he didn’t like the way he was playing that day? The man is complete fraud and a joke.
Lomas issued an apology today but my guess is that has more to do with the fact that if he wants any chance to work in TV like he currently does at ESPN, he had to say it to save face.
The fact is he has no credibility with me or most football fans I would suspect, but he’ll probably keep his job at ESPN, that is after all the network that still retains Matt Millen as an analyst.
I just wish Lomas would have been as concerned about protecting Scott Mitchell and his career as he seems to be about saving his own rear end. Judging Lomas’ character by his actions, I seriously doubt that’s the case.
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