Former Detroit Lions offensive lineman Lomas Brown told a radio show last week that he deliberately allowed a defender to hit quarterback Scott Mitchell in a 1994 games.
He has since apologized for the comments and for the action itself, which resulted in Mitchell being injured.
Now an NFL analyst for ESPN, Brown told ESPN Radio's "SVP & Russillo" show that he was frustrated with Mitchell's play when the two were Lions' teammates.
"We were playing Green Bay in Milwaukee," Brown told the program. "We were getting beat 24-3 at the time, and (Mitchell) just stunk up the place, throwing interceptions, just everything. I looked at Kevin Glover, our All-Pro center, and I said, 'Glove, that is it.' I said, 'I'm getting him out of the game.'
"So I gave it the set out, but 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. I don't know what he did to it, but he came out of the game. Dave Krieg came into the game. We ended up losing that game 27-24."
Brown said Thursday on ESPN's "First Take," that his actions were an act of frustration.
"I regret it happened," Brown said. "Did I regret it happened then? No, I didn't regret it happened then. For my 18-year career, they say you average probably about 1,000 plays or so per (season). So I know I've played well over 18,000 plays, excluding practice, in this league. It's one play out of the 18,000 that I regret."
For his part, Mitchell responded to Brown's initial interview last week.
"I was floored by that revelation," Mitchell told USA Today earlier this week. "I had Lomas in my home. I fed him dinner. I gave him and other offensive linemen gifts. I'm dumbfounded that he would do such a thing. I mean, people get hurt playing this game. People have died playing football, and for him to allow someone to take a shot at a teammate, that's crazy."
Brown understood Mitchell's reaction and acknowledged that he should've done things differently.
"I'm not going to retract, I'm not going to sit here and make excuses," he said. "I know America is looking at me and they're like 'Wow!' but I'm not going to make excuses. ... The one thing I can say is I should have been more tactful at how I said that. That was wrong on my part. I should have humbly said that. It came off boastful, and I shouldn't have said it that way."