Scuttlebutt was that he went to Tijuana Friday night, and that's why he wasn't heard from until 8PM Saturday.
I guess he wasn't on the coke, given the "no illicit drugs found in his system" reports.
I tend to give the benefit of a doubt when there's no news, but I really feel like there's something here that we're not being let in on...and I wonder how long they can keep (whatever it is) from the public.
The "football experts" were trying to downplay his loss, saying he was injured and the guy who replaced him took most of the snaps during practice.
I think that's just crap.
Not that he would have won teh game or anything, but I don't think it's a superfluous issue.
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The sheer amount of misdireection on this story is impressive. Is he in Oakland? Is he in San Diego? Is he at the stadium? Nobody(at least from the outset) seemed to know anything about the story.
Plus, the reporters did utter hte phrase "undisclosed medical condition", which is gemerally a euphamism for "drug problem."
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When I first heard the reports on ESPN, I assumed he was partying a bit too hard and was still "in no condition to work" the next day. Then all the misdirection. Then the report from Andrea Cramer after the game that he "wasn't quite himself" and was "at a lcoal hospital." Sounds like he may have gotten a bad batch of SOMETHING.
One Raider was quoted as saying "I don't know if I or any of these guys would ever play with him again" I heard on ESPNews. Strange.
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According to the San Francisco Chronicle, he spent Friday night and Saturday in Tijuana. Mo Collins was asked what may have caused Robbins' problems, and he said, "Bad tequila." Reminds me of Stanley Wilson of the Bengals getting coked out back in 1989 the night before the Super Bowl. Robbins does have a history of depression and was under treatment for Bi-polar Disorder.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- 2002 NFL Champions... feels good, doesn't it?
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It seems that on the whole, his teammates are extemely pissed at him. I don't blame them, because given his actions, it's hard to believe that the Super Bowl was a very big concern for him. And if you are not concerned about the Super Bowl, what are you playing for?
This looks a lot more serious today than it seemed over the weekend, guys. ESPN is reporting that the poor guy has clinical depression, for some strange reason stopped taking his medication a few weeks back, and had a breakdown of the highest order sometime between Friday night and Saturday night, severe enough to not only necessitate hospitalization but also to be put on a suicide watch.
The Raider players really turned on Barret Robbins. They were saying on the radio today that this wasn't a fluke that Robbins acted out this way. It's been hinted at by players that he went on some benders during the course of this year. Supposedly, Rich Gannon heard Robbins remarking before a preseason game that he had been out late the night before and was only going to block the guy in front of him for that game. Gannon decided to pull out of that game by saying he had an injury. There's been other stories going around similar to this where during this year that Raider player's broke rules and were not punished.
I'm not sure whether that makes me respect the fact that Callahan could keep this team together and get them as far as they got, or whether he should be condemned and fired for letting this shit go(whoo long sentence). I think it's a really good thing that Robbins didn't play. The guy only would have hurt the Raiders since he'd been off his medicine all week and was no showing meetings so he could party. It's just too bad that Oakland management waited till super bowl week to grow some balls and do the right thing. I hope they learned their lesson.
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I Think the story involves him going to tijuana and visiting a bar that has prostitutes. He 'saw' a couple women and told them he was with the raiders. The owner/pimp of the bar overheard this and videotaped him. He then tried to blackmail Robbins, but Robbins refused. Robbins eventually told his wife, and a fight ensued, causing him a total mental breakdown. He did/does have bipolar disorder, and reportedly stopped taking his medication at some point. This story is reported no where on the web, but is info from a person who was at the game who was a guest of a friend of his on the raiders.
Seriously, I can't blame his teammates for turning on him. This is pretty much inexcusable. Though any comments from Gannon have to be taken with a grain of salt, since he's apparently the biggest prick on that team.
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A point not many people were making last week for some reason. Smith didn't even play badly yesterday considering the shittiness of the conditions. He actually wound up with a higher QB rating than Eli and picked up a few yards with his legs to boot....