Former Raiders head coach Bill Callahan said he was "shocked," "saddened," and "outraged" by Tim Brown's "ludicrous" and "defamatory" allegations that Callahan sabotaged the 2003 Super Bowl because Callahan hated the Raiders.
Callahan, who has just been hired as the new offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, called on Brown to issue a retraction. Over the weekend, Brown implied Callahan deliberately sabotaged the Super Bowl so Callahan's friend--Tampa Bay head coach Jon Gruden--could get a victory. Jerry Rice, along with other Raiders, agreed with Brown while former Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon and offensive lineman Lincoln Kennedy did not.
Callahan, in a Tuesday morning statement, said those allegations are "flat out wrong" and emphasized it would be in the best interests of all involved if they were "retracted immediately." This, along with his comments about Brown's charges being "defamatory," indicates Callahan may be ready to pursue legal action against Brown.
“There are many people who are disappointed by the outcome of Super Bowl XXXVII, but none more than me,” Callahan said. “While I fully understand a competitive professional football player’s disappointment when a game’s outcome doesn’t go his team’s way, I am shocked, saddened and outraged by Tim Brown’s allegations and Jerry Rice’s support of those allegations made through various media outlets over the last twenty-four hours."
“To leave no doubt, I categorically and unequivocally deny the sum and substance of their allegations. Like every game I ever coached on the professional or collegiate level, I endeavor to the best of my professional ability to position my team to win. To suggest otherwise, especially at this time when it involves the Super Bowl, is ludicrous and defamatory. I have always honored the spirit of competition that drives us to sport as children and, for the lucky few, sustains us in adulthood.