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Jim McMahon calls Invoice Belichick a liar whereas recalling their time along with Browns

Jim McMahon has earned a fame as probably the most colourful gamers in NFL historical past. In his crowning NFL achievement — quarterbacking the Bears to a win in Tremendous Bowl XX — McMahon scribbled “PETE” on his headband, an ode to then-NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle after Rozelle had fined McMahon for sporting an Adidas headband throughout the Bears’ NFC title recreation win over the Rams. 

By no means one to cover his true emotions, the 61-year-old McMahon lately opened up about one of many low factors of his 15-year profession. In the summertime of 1995, McMahon was making an attempt to earn a roster spot with the Cleveland Browns. McMahon mentioned that, upon his launch, then-Browns coach Invoice Belichick satisfied him to maneuver to Cleveland whereas additionally assuring McMahon that he can be compensated whereas he waited to be activated by the crew. That dialog led to McMahon uprooting his household to Cleveland. However shortly after settling in Cleveland, McMahon mentioned that issues shortly went south. 

“He mentioned, ‘It is most likely solely gonna be one or two weeks,'” McMahon lately mentioned on 850 ESPN Cleveland, by way of Professional Soccer Discuss. “So I ended up discovering a home … to hire, discovered a hockey crew for my sons. So I referred to as within the first week on a Friday to get my verify and get the runaround. I am considering first week jitters. The second week I referred to as in for my verify, acquired the runaround once more. I sat right here for seven weeks doing nothing in Cleveland. … They lastly signed me again Week 7 or 8.”

Then, McMahon — after three weeks on the roster, throughout which he was paid — allegedly requested then-Browns professional personnel director Michael Lombardi about being compensated for his earlier weeks in Cleveland. After allegedly being instructed by Lombardi, ‘Effectively, possibly we’ll, possibly we cannot,’ McMahon mentioned he “misplaced it.”

“I simply snapped,” McMahon mentioned. “I grabbed him by the neck and threw his head towards the wall and mentioned, ‘You are gonna pay me my cash.’ Then I began realizing what I used to be doing and I am wanting across the hallway to see if there have been any cameras. I finished hitting him and he slid down the wall.”

McMahon mentioned that he then referred to as his lawyer whereas instructing him to “get me minimize proper now.” Shortly after their trade, McMahon acquired his launch. 

“I stroll again into the QB assembly … and simply mentioned ‘Hey boys, I will see you all later. I am outta right here,'” McMahon recalled. “The coach mentioned, ‘Have you ever talked to Invoice?’ I mentioned, “You possibly can inform Invoice to kiss my ass. He is a mendacity piece of sh–.’ Then I used to be gone. The very subsequent day I used to be up in Inexperienced Bay.”

Whereas he mentioned his time in Cleveland was a nightmare, issues actually labored out for McMahon in Inexperienced Bay. McMahon served as Brett Favre’s backup as Favre received his first of three consecutive MVPs. In 1996, McMahon was a backup behind Favre on the Packers’ Tremendous Bowl XXXI championship crew. His remaining NFL snap happened towards New England within the Tremendous 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 proprietor Artwork Modell regardless of Belichick reportedly being instructed beforehand by Modell that he can be the crew’s coach upon the franchise’s transfer to Baltimore. Belichick would shortly catch on with Invoice Parcells’ employees in New England in 1996, the place the Patriots would take pleasure in a profitable 12 months that ended with a loss to McMahon’s Packers within the Tremendous Bowl. Belichick in the end grew to become the Patriots’ head coach in 2000, the place he has received six Tremendous Bowls whereas showing in three extra. 

This is not the primary time that McMahon has publicly railed towards Belichick. In 2015, McMahon weighed in on Belichick following New England’s “Deflategate” controversy that resulted in Tom Brady’s four-game suspension firstly of the 2016 season. Whereas Belichick by no means confronted punishment by the league, McMahon thinks that the six-time Tremendous Bowl champion was most likely concerned within the controversy. 

“I do know he is a liar,” McMahon mentioned on the Dan Patrick Present, “so dishonest ain’t far behind, I do not assume.” 

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