Former Detroit Lions quarterback Scott Mitchell was stunned and saddened to hear former teammate Lomas Brown say last week that he intentionally missed a block during a 1994 game against Green Bay because he wanted Mitchell to get hurt.
Mitchell, who played 14 years in the NFL, called out Brown this week in interviews from his home in Utah.
“It just really hurt,” Mitchell said Wednesday on the Dan Patrick radio show. “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.”
Mitchell suffered a season-ending broken wrist on Nov. 6, 1994, on a hit by Packers defensive end Sean Jones, who had a clear shot at Mitchell after Brown failed to block him. Brown said last week that he let Jones go through in hopes that Mitchell would get hurt because he was playing so poorly.
At the time of the injury, Mitchell was 5-of-15 passing for 63 yards and two interceptions.
Brown, now an NFL analyst, told ESPN: “We were playing Green Bay in Milwaukee. We were getting beat (24-0) 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. Dave Krieg came in the game.”
Mitchell hasn’t talked with Brown about his comments and doesn’t plan to speak with him.
“That’s a blatant disrespect for the game.” Mitchell told USA Today. “Players at that level play hard every play. If Lomas doesn’t think this is serious, if he thinks this is a joke, tell him to think about Mike Utley, his old teammate. Mike Utley spends his days in a wheelchair because of an injury he got playing this game.”