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Retired Offensive Lineman Lomas Brown Once Purposely Missed a Block to Get a Teammate Hurt

December 26th, 2012 at 1:20 PM
By Dan Benton

From 2000-2001, Lomas Brown was a member of the New York Giants and part of an offensive line that shocked many when it helped lead Big Blue to Super Bowl XXXV. But long before joining the Giants, Brown was a member of the Detroit Lions, having originally been drafted 6th overall in the 1985 NFL Draft.

Now a commentator for ESPN, Brown recently admitted the unthinkable. During a radio interview late last week, the seven-time Pro Bowler confessed to once missing a block on purpose in an effort to get teammate Scott Mitchell hurt.

“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. Dave Krieg came in the game.”

Although some of Brown's details weren't entirely accurate, the recollection of the injury itself was. Mitchell suffered a broken finger in that game, and nearly 20 years later, Brown shows 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.

Until Brown's recent revelation, quarterback Scott Mitchell had no idea that the block was missed on purpose. Needless to say, he was not pleased.

“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.”

The injury ended Mitchell's season at the time, and here's the kicker: Brown is currently suing the NFL because he says the league didn't do enough to prevent players from sustaining concussions.

Sounds like ole' Lomas suffered one too many concussions himself because this is thick irony. And you can bet the NFL plans to bring this in front of a judge when the two face off in court.


Tags: Detroit, Detroit Lions, Football, Lomas Brown, New York, New York Giants, NFL

8 Responses to “Retired Offensive Lineman Lomas Brown Once Purposely Missed a Block to Get a Teammate Hurt”

  1.  Levito says:

    Wow, that’s pretty low. I’m not all that surprised though (not that I remember Brown though) that it doesn’t happen more often.

  2.  Levito says:

    As bad as this Giants team has looked lately, their chances of making the playoffs if they win on Sunday isn’t actually all that terrible. They need a win, plus a Washington win over Dallas (likely), a Packers win over the Vikings (also likely) and a Lions win over Chicago (less likely). But the Bears don’t look great so far, and if Stafford can keep the ball out of the hands of the Chicago defense, they do stand a chance. I’m sure they’d like to end Chicago’s season too. So while it seems unlikely for all 4 things to work out for the Giants, beating the Eagles may be the hardest part of it.

    •  demo3356 says:

      yeah GMTA..
      demo3356 says:
      December 26, 2012 at 10:14 AM
      It is more than likely that Minnesota and Dallas lose on Sunday. The only hard one will be Chicago losing to Detroit. The Bears have lost 5 of their last 7 and that DLine of Detroit is a nightmare match up for that joke of an offensive line the bears have. Point is while we don’t deserve to make the playoffs it is still a possibility..

      •  Levito says:

        Yea missed that. Figured it’s already been discussed, but I missed a lot of the comments between Sunday and this morning.

        Even if they don’t make it, I’ll be really annoyed if they don’t put a good effort on the field on Sunday. It’s the only game I’ve had tickets for this season, and I was expecting a win-and-in scenario when I got the tix. At the very least, as much as I dislike Vick, I am looking forward to seeing him play live.

  3.  rlhjr says:

    I am sure it happens. Think Jay Cuttler………………………
    But you can get a man serioulsy injured with that crap.

    Brown lost points in the respect colum IMHO.

    •  Levito says:

      Cutler’s at least a serviceable QB when he’s got an O line ahead of him. They can’t protect him when they want to. I’m thinking it’d have to be a team where the backup can’t be much worse than the starter. The Jets, Vikings, Raiders, Chiefs, Jaguars, are the more likely candidates. Either way, it’s pretty sad to think someone would mess with another player’s livelihood like that.

  4.  Samardzija says:

    Sounds like ol Lomas is broke and looking for an easy payday…

  5.  Levito says:

    TE Martellus Bennett would consider taking a “hometown discount” to stay with Giants. Also wants to play with brother, Michael Bennett.


    I’d gladly take him back, if only for the entertainment value. If the guy can get healthy, he could definitely be a dangerous weapon in the offense. He was a big contributor early in the season.

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