Former Raiders coach Bill Callahan said he did not sabotage a Super Bowl loss. (Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
Former Oakland Raiders head coach and current Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Bill Callahan responded to the allegations that he sabotaged the Raiders 48-21 Super Bowl XXXVII loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by saying that he is "shocked" and "saddened" by "ludicrous" claims mostly made by former Raiders wide receiver Tim Brown, reports CBSSports.com.
Brown went on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Saturday and claimed that Callahan deviated from the game plan just days before the game. Hall of Fame receiver and Brown's teammate Jerry Rice backed up those statement in an interview with ESPN.
“We all called it sabotage … because Callahan and Gruden were good friends,” Brown said to SiriusXM NFL Radio. ”And Callahan had a big problem with the Raiders, you know, hated the Raiders. You know, only came [to Oakland] because Gruden made him come.”
Callahan immediately went on the offensive saying those claims were not true.
"Any suggestion that I would undermine the integrity of the sport that I love and dedicated my life to, or dishonor the commitment I made to our players, coaches and fans, is flat-out wrong. think it would be in the best interests of all, including the game America loves, that these allegations be retracted immediately." Callahan said in a statement released Tuesday night.