Orlando Brown, Former NFL Player Found Dead
Multiple sources have confirmed that former Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns OT Orlando Brown has died at 40 years old. Brown was found dead in his Baltimore condominium and the cause of death is unknown.
Nicknamed "Zeus", the 6-foot-7, 360-pound lineman was infamously struck in the eye by the penalty flag of referee Jeff Triplette during a Browns game in 1999. After leaving the field, Brown returned to the field and shoved Triplette to the ground, then filed a $200 million lawsuit, claiming that the injury prematurely shortened his career. Brown was initially suspended until the league learned that Brown had been temporarily blinded in one eye.
Brown and the NFL reached a $15-20 million settlement in 2002, with the stipulation that if he returned, the NFL would get half of his after-tax income each season, up to a total of $1 million.
Brown made a comeback with the Ravens in 2003, starting 34 games in three seasons before retiring with 119 NFL starts under his belt. The NFL sued him for $500,000 in 2004, claiming that Brown ignored requests to pay back the money.