Grbac seeks an apology from outspoken mayor Ravens' Jackson fined for throwing ball at fan

Ravens notebook

November 14, 1996|By Mike Preston | Mike Preston,SUN STAFF

One day after the mayor of San Francisco called him an "embarrassment to humankind" for two damaging turnovers against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, 49ers quarterback Elvis Grbac said he would like to see a statement of apology.

San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown criticized Grbac, who replaced Steve Young in the second half after Young sustained a mild concussion.

Grbac threw two interceptions, including one that set up the Cowboys' tying score before the game went into overtime.

Dallas drove 66 yards on 11 plays, and Chris Boniol kicked a winning 29-yard field goal, prompting Brown to say that Grbac would never play in a new city-built stadium.

Grbac later said he wasn't prepared to play because he and his wife have been worried about the condition of their 9-month-old son, Jack. The child has spina bifida and recently underwent surgery to ease pressure on his spinal column to help him develop.

Once Brown was told of the boy's condition, he backed off his previous statements publicly, but not to Grbac personally.

"I accepted his apology. It was very surprising to me, and very disturbing to my family with the situation we've gone through," said Grbac during a conference call yesterday as his team prepares to meet the Ravens on Sunday in a game Grbac will start.

"Hopefully, I'll get a call from him. I would like to see a statement, and I think my family would like to see one, too."

Said 49ers coach George Seifert: "It's one of those things you can't get too involved in. It's part of the game. It demonstrates the mentality of this business, and you have to be thick-skinned about it. You're either a bum or a hero.

"I imagine everybody is going to have fun with this before it's over."

Jackson fined $2,500

Wide receiver Michael Jackson was fined $2,500 this week for throwing a football at a Jacksonville fan in the stands after scoring a touchdown Sunday.

Jackson says it was worth it.

"That guy was talking a lot of [stuff] to me before the game," Jackson said. "He was all over me. I told him that I was going to score a touchdown in that corner of the end zone, and when I did was going to throw the ball at him.

"When it happened, I just threw it right at his [butt]."

Baldwin hospitalized

Kickoff returner Randy Baldwin spent Tuesday night in Kernan Hospital for treatment of a hematoma in his thigh.

Baldwin, signed Oct. 9, first bruised his thigh against the Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 3, and there were additional complications after Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Baldwin was treated and released yesterday. Coach Ted Marchibroda said Baldwin, who averaged 21.3 yards on five kickoffs this season, will be replaced by receiver Ray Ethridge.

Baldwin was one of 10 players who didn't practice yesterday. Only defensive linemen Rob Burnett (knee), Dan Footman (forearm) and center Steve Everitt (shoulder) have been ruled out for Sunday. Baldwin and linebackers Ray Lewis (ankle) and Jerrol Williams (knee) are listed as doubtful.

Lack of depth hurts

Marchibroda said one of the reasons for the team's xTC second-half collapse in the past two weeks is because of its lack of depth.

"I'm more convinced now than ever before that I did not overestimate the talent on this football team," he said. "We've played well in the first half of the last two games, but near the end when we get tired, our lack of ability shows up."

Testaverde on concussions

Quarterback Vinny Testaverde says the psychological impact of a concussion such as the one Young sustained may last longer than the physical side.

Testaverde was hit and had a concussion in a game two years ago. He was removed from a game a week later because of the concussion.

"After it happens, you start taking a serious look at your pass protection and trying to get rid of the ball quickly, and that's not a good sign,'' Testaverde said.

"After the ones I had, I tried to avert any blow to the head and spent the rest of the year trying to get my head out of the way."

Pub Date: 11/14/96

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