Jim McMahon calls Bill Belichick a liar while recalling their time together with Browns

Jim McMahon has earned a reputation as one of the most colorful players in NFL history. In his crowning NFL achievement — quarterbacking the Bears to a win in Super Bowl XX — McMahon scribbled “PETE” on his headband, an ode to then-NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle after Rozelle had fined McMahon for wearing an Adidas headband during the Bears’ NFC title game win over the Rams

Never one to hide his true feelings, the 61-year-old McMahon recently opened up about one of the low points of his 15-year career. In the summer of 1995, McMahon was trying to earn a roster spot with the Cleveland Browns. McMahon said that, upon his release, then-Browns coach Bill Belichick convinced him to move to Cleveland while also assuring McMahon that he would be compensated while he waited to be activated by the team. That conversation led to McMahon uprooting his family to Cleveland. But shortly after settling in Cleveland, McMahon said that things quickly went south. 

“He said, ‘It’s probably only gonna be one or two weeks,'” McMahon recently said on 850 ESPN Cleveland, via Pro Football Talk. “So I ended up finding a house … to rent, found a hockey team for my sons. So I called in the first week on a Friday to get my check and get the runaround. I’m thinking first week jitters. The second week I called in for my check, got the runaround again. I sat here for seven weeks doing nothing in Cleveland. … They finally signed me back Week 7 or 8.”

Then, McMahon — after three weeks on the roster, during which he was paid — allegedly asked then-Browns pro personnel director Michael Lombardi about being compensated for his previous weeks in Cleveland. After allegedly being told by Lombardi, ‘Well, maybe we will, maybe we won’t,’ McMahon said he “lost it.”

“I just snapped,” McMahon said. “I grabbed him by the neck and threw his head against the wall and said, ‘You’re gonna pay me my money.’ Then I started realizing what I was doing and I’m looking around the hallway to see if there were any cameras. I stopped hitting him and he slid down the wall.”

McMahon said that he then called his attorney while instructing him to “get me cut right now.” Shortly after their exchange, McMahon got his release. 

“I walk back into the QB meeting … and just said ‘Hey boys, I’ll see you all later. I’m outta here,'” McMahon recalled. “The coach said, ‘Have you talked to Bill?’ I said, “You can tell Bill to kiss my ass. He’s a lying piece of sh–.’ Then I was gone. The very next day I was up in Green Bay.”

While he said his time in Cleveland was a nightmare, things certainly worked out for McMahon in Green Bay. McMahon served as Brett Favre’s backup as Favre won his first of three consecutive MVPs. In 1996, McMahon was a backup behind Favre on the Packers‘ Super Bowl XXXI championship team. His final NFL snap took place against New England in the Super Dome, the sight of his Bears’ 46-10 win over the Patriots 11 years earlier. 

The 1995 season was a murky one for Cleveland and Belichick. After a disappointing 5-11 season, Belichick was fired by then-Browns owner Art Modell despite Belichick reportedly being told previously by Modell that he would be the team’s coach upon the franchise’s move to Baltimore. Belichick would quickly catch on with Bill Parcells’ staff in New England in 1996, where the Patriots would enjoy a successful year that ended with a loss to McMahon’s Packers in the Super Bowl. Belichick ultimately became the Patriots’ head coach in 2000, where he has won six Super Bowls while appearing in three more. 

This isn’t the first time that McMahon has publicly railed against Belichick. In 2015, McMahon weighed in on Belichick following New England’s “Deflategate” controversy that resulted in Tom Brady’s four-game suspension at the start of the 2016 season. While Belichick never faced punishment by the league, McMahon thinks that the six-time Super Bowl champion was probably involved in the controversy. 

“I know he’s a liar,” McMahon said on the Dan Patrick Show, “so cheating ain’t far behind, I don’t think.” 

Source link

17 thoughts on “Jim McMahon calls Bill Belichick a liar while recalling their time together with Browns

  1. However, there is a time for every thing to
    bid “adieu”. For this, it is advisable to do is make a
    name and schedule an appointment. Are you in a dire need
    of money? When you have any previous or junk car that isn’t in use or utterly rubbish, then it is time
    to contact the most effective Junk Car Buyer In Overland Park for getting Cash for cars.
    Problem-free process and all the things will simply feel like an icing on the cake.
    Having a old automotive, RV, bus or another car is certainly
    an enormous thing for several people. The joy of shopping
    for a brand new car or any car is indescribable.
    Potential buyers additionally have to do is just set a date, location, and
    time and there you might be; the group of consultants will
    arrive at your place with free towing providers . If yes, then sell
    your old and discarded automobile to one of the best Junk Car Buyer in Overland Park and nearby areas.
    Do you need to make some fast money?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *