Robbins will not catch a break from this for a long time to come....It doesn't look like even his teamnates after knowing he has a serious problem won't let it go....this has got to end sometime....heres the artical
Four days after Barret Robbins acknowledged he has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, Raiders lineman Frank Middleton isn't ready to mend fences with his teammate.
Middleton, perhaps the most critical Raider of Robbins following the latter's suspension from the team the day before the the Super Bowl, said Thursday he wants to meet with Robbins to discuss his situation.
“ Is it true or is his agent doing some covering up of some of the problems or issues that he had? We're still on the fence right now. ”
— Frank Middleton, on Barret Robbins' illness
"We have to talk man to man," Middleton said on "All Night with Todd Wright on ESPN Radio." "He's got to come to me as a man and I've to got to go to him as a man, and we have to sit down and talk about it … I need to know that he is of sound mind, healthy body."
Robbins missed a team meeting and final walk-through the day before Oakland played the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego. Robbins then showed up "incoherent" for a team meeting that Saturday night and was barred by coach Bill Callahan from playing in the game, won by the Bucs 48-21.
Robbins has a history of depression. In a statement released Monday, he expressed remorse for the events surrounding the Super Bowl.
"Everybody's confused," said Middleton, who did not specifically make reference to Robbins' diagnosis during the interview. "We never knew B-Rob as a depressed guy. He always seemed fine to us. When the news came out in the media, it was like people on the team were hearing it for the first time.
"It's kind of shocking. Is it true or is his agent doing some covering up of some of the problems or issues that he had? We're still on the fence right now. Everybody's trying to figure out what's going on."
In the hours leading up to the Super Bowl, and since, Middleton was the most outspoken of Oakland's players against Robbins. Middleton said he wasn't interested in playing with Robbins again because he had "lost trust in him."
He also said Robbins, who was selected to but did not play in his first Pro Bowl, "made the Pro Bowl because he played with four other great offensive linemen."
Middleton said critics of the Raiders' disappointment in Robbins shouldn't have rushed to judgment.
"I don't think anyone should be hard on the Raiders for what we said because they're not looking into the whole picture," he said. "Every man is responsible for himself. Nowhere in our contract does it say anybody has to walk us around holding our hands. Everybody needs to stop blaming everybody else and make people accountable for what they did."
Middleton believed that Callahan handled the situation the best way possible.
"His whole attitude is, 'nobody is bigger than the game.' If he had let the guy play, he would have lost everyone that Sunday," Middleton said. "He did what we expected him to do."
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