Original post made by Karen, Birdland, on Nov 2, 2009
I would have thought I would have heard about it here first. Although the alleged assault is bad enough, I can't believe they watch game films for 11 year old pee-wee football!! Settle down....settle down.....
Former Raider scuffles with Alameda supervisor
Phillip Matier,Andrew Ross
Monday, November 2, 2009
A former Oakland Raiders player and a current Alameda County supervisor got into a dustup the other day over pee-wee football - landing Supervisor Scott Haggerty in a neck brace and ex-NFL tight end Jeremy Brigham under investigation by Pleasanton police.
All of it was caused, we're told, by Brigham's accusations that Haggerty - whom he had just fired as the assistant coach of his Pleasanton squad of 10- and 11-year-old boys - had leaked plays to an opposing team.
Police Sgt. Jim Knox confirmed that his department is investigating the incident. He declined to discuss details, but said a report is due in the next week or two.
Brigham played four seasons for the Raiders, through 2001. Haggerty has been a county supervisor since 1996. Fate threw the odd couple together this fall on the coaching staff of the Cowboys in the Pleasanton Junior Football League.
Haggerty said his advice to head coach Brigham wasn't always welcome, and that Brigham told him to "shut up and sit down" after he complained about the team's exercise regimen and asked to take over.
A few days later, after Haggerty couldn't make a meeting with Brigham to go over game film, Brigham sent him a text message that he was fired and warned him not to show up at practices, the supervisor says.
Haggerty said he took the firing in stride, but still showed up that Saturday to watch from the stands as the Cowboys walloped their opponent, 38-0.
At a coaches meeting the next day, according to Haggerty, the losing coach walked up to Brigham and joked, "Haggerty gave me all your plays."
That Monday, when Haggerty showed up at the Foothill High School football field to pick up his son from practice, Brigham confronted him, "screaming that I gave the plays away," Haggerty told us.
The next thing he knew, Haggerty said, Brigham had knocked his BlackBerry from his hand and was pulling him over a 4-foot fence as he punched him on the back of the head.
Haggerty insists he never acted aggressively himself and left as fast as he could, then called 911 before going to the hospital. The supervisor said he was met there by Pleasanton police officers, who took a report.
Haggerty did not attend the Cowboys' next game - when his own son suffered a serious neck injury and had to be airlifted to a hospital.
Now both he and his son - who suffered torn muscles and a mild concussion that ended his season - are wearing neck braces.
Haggerty tells us that Brigham was suspended for one game for the alleged scuffle. Repeated attempts to reach Brigham at numbers listed in his name were unsuccessful.