Former Lions offensive tackle Lomas Brown says he will enter the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame tonight with a clear mind. He says the play that got him into so much hot water never happened.

Brown told ESPN in December that he short-armed a rushing lineman in a 1994 game against the Packers, hoping that quarterback and teammate Scott Mitchell would be injured and removed from the game.

Brown bragged about it during that interview. But Brown witnessed the play later on video, and saw he actually picked up a blitzing linebacker, while defensive end Sean Jones got to Mitchell just as he threw a pass.

Brown says now that in situations like that, his job is to block the inside linebacker because he has the shortest path to the quarterback. He was hoping running back Barry Sanders would pick up the outside rusher. But Sanders blocked another player.

"I blanked out," Brown said about the interview that landed him in hot water. "I started ranting and raving about what I did. … Until I saw the play I actually thought I did it."

Brown apologized to Mitchell last week and Mitchell accepted the apology.

Mitchell said he was initially hurt and angry about Brown's original comments, but began to think about the game.

"I began to question if that actually happened," Mitchell said.

Here is what Brown said in December:

"We were getting beat, 24-3, at that time and (Mitchell) 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."

Actually, the Lions trailed 10-0 when Mitchell was injured and left the game for David Krieg. Mitchell was 5-for-15 passing with two interceptions, and one interception was returned for a touchdown.

Brown's comments brought nationwide condemnation. Mitchell now says he and Brown have patched things up. "I have no malice towards Lomas," he said.



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130218/SPORTS0101/302180340#ixzz2LGRaWfNq