In a statement released by his agent, Drew Pittman, Robbins has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and remains, ESPN.com reported Monday.
Robbins and his wife, Marisa, prepared a statement expressing remorse for the events that surrounded Super Bowl XXXVII, when Tampa Bay dominated Oakland 48-21.
"Barret would like to express his remorse and deep sadness for the events surrounding the Super Bowl," Pittman said in the statement. "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 was the first time Robbins spoke publicly since Jan. 25. Oakland head coach Bill Callahan suspended Robbins from playing in the Super Bowl after he missed a team meeting and final walk-through the day before the game. Callahan, who was the Raiders offensive line coach 1999-2001, added that Robbins then showed up "incoherent" for a team meeting that Saturday night. Adam Treu then replaced Robbins in the starting lineup
Pittman added that Robbins, who has a history of depression along with bipolar illness, was admitted into a San Diego hospital shortly after the team told him he wouldn't be playing in the Super Bowl and that alcohol was factored into Robbins' problems.
"Whatever (expletive) rock he came up from under (Saturday), he can stay there," Collins said. "I would welcome him back as a business partner but not as a brother. A brother wouldn't leave you hanging like that."
Marisa Robbins told The Contra Costa Times: "I was so furious at how quick they were to jump on, ‘Oh, he was just partying.' That showed a total lack of compassion."
Middleton was another teammate who spoke critically against Robbins. Middleton said that if Robbins were to return then he would not. Middleton, however, softened his stance Monday.
"If he has a health problem, it's different," Middleton said in an Associated Press story Monday. "It does change some things."
Middleton also added that he had not heard Robbins apology.
Robbins was selected to play in Sunday's Pro Bowl but did not participate. It marked the first time in his eight year career he accomplished such a feat. Robbins missed all but two games in 2001 with a knee injury but rebounded to become an integral part of Oakland's offensive line.
Robbins' episode during Super Bowl week appeared to cloud his future as a Raider but Callahan added there is still a "viable" chance Robbins would be wearing Silver & Black in 2003.
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