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Agent: Robbins has bipolar disorder

Compiled from Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 4, 2003

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The agent for Barret Robbins confirmed Monday that the Raiders' All-Pro center has bipolar disorder and that his client expressed "remorse and deep sadness" for missing the Super Bowl.

Robbins remains hospitalized because of his condition, agent Drew Pittman said in a statement to ESPN.

"Barret would like to express his remorse and deep sadness for the events surrounding the Super Bowl," the statement said. "He knows many people have been hurt by his actions, including his family, his teammates, the Raider organization, the Raider Nation, and the game of football."

The statement, which acknowledged that alcohol was a factor in Robbins' troubles, marked the first time he has commented publicly since he disappeared Jan. 25, the day before the Raiders' 48-21 Super Bowl loss to the Bucs.

Robbins, 29, missed two meetings and a walkthrough, and Raiders coach Bill Callahan said Robbins was incoherent and didn't know where he was when he showed up Saturday night. Callahan dismissed him, and Adam Treu started in his place.

The 6-foot-3, 320-pound Robbins has a history of depression and reportedly had stopped taking his medication.

Robbins was harshly criticized by teammates at first, but the revelations about his medical problems, as well as his apology, has muted some of the resentment.

"If he has a health problem, it's a different situation," left guard Frank Middleton said. Middleton had not heard about Robbins' apology.

BENGALS: Longtime NFL player personnel executive Bill Tobin was hired as a scouting consultant, a sign that new coach Marvin Lewis will get some help in evaluating talent. Owner Mike Brown has been criticized for having one of the NFL's smallest scouting staffs, forcing his coaches to assume much of the duty for scouting college players.

LIONS: The team hopes to hire Steve Mariucci as its next coach by today after trying to reach a deal for the past six days. "While there was significant progress made during those discussions, no deal has yet been finalized that would make Steve our next head coach," team spokesman Bill Keenist said. "We are hopeful that an agreement can be reached with Steve by the end of (today)."

PACKERS: Running back Ahman Green could face up to $450 in fines and have his driver's license revoked for up to one year after he failed to report a traffic accident, according to law enforcement officials in Sheboygan, Wis. Green's 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer spun out and crashed through a fence on Interstate 43 on Jan. 28, according to the Sheboygan County Sheriff's Department.

SPELLMAN JAILED: Former NFL lineman Alonzo Spellman was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for threatening the passengers and crew on a Delta Air Lines flight last year.

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