This has nothing to do with your Houston Texans, but I think it's worth a mention. A few days before Christmas, Lomas Brown--current ESPN "analyst" and former left tackle for the Detroit Lions--went on the radio and admitted to purposely missing a block with the intent to get his quarterback (Scott Mitchell) injured back in 1994. Said Brown:
“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.”
“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.
For all the talk we hear about brotherhood and unity among athletes, this is a pretty astounding story. Even more astounding is that Brown was stupid enough to broadcast his conduct over the radio. As you can imagine, Scott Mitchell was none too pleased to hear Brown's revelation:
“It just really hurt,” Mitchell said. “It was extremely disappointing. I’m really shocked by it, to be honest. Here’s a guy I’ve had in my house, I had a big dinner for the offensive linemen every year, he came to my house and ate dinner, I gave my offensive linemen gifts every year. For him to do that is just reprehensible, beyond words. It’s really disappointing, it really is painful. When you mess with my family, mess with my livelihood, mess with my health, it’s unacceptable. It’s B.S. I just wouldn’t do it to a teammate. I wouldn’t do it. If Lomas has a problem with me, come talk to me. To try to get someone hurt, it’s just mind-boggling.”
As fans of the Houston Texans, we were forced to bear witness to some positively abysmal QB play from 2002-2006. Yet I cannot imagine any Texans' offensive lineman actively trying to get David Carr injured. Granted, none of us really know what's going on in someone else's head, but Brown's decision strikes me as so far beyond the pale as to be virtually unfathomable.
What's your reaction to this story? Complete and total anomaly, or do things like this go down more than we fans know?