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Jim Brown Takes a Shot at Woods and Jordan

As it turns out, Browns receiver Donte’ Stallworth isn’t the only recent target of Hall of Fame running back (and Browns executive) Jim Brown’s ire.

Brown also has taken aim recently at Tiger Woods and Michael Jordan.

In a Tuesday night appearance on HBO’s Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel, Brown addresses the efforts (or lack thereof) of Woods and Jordan to engage in social activism.

“This cat is a mamajama; he is a killer,” Brown says of Woods, according to Neil Best of Newsday. “He’ll run over you, he’ll kick your ass. But as an individual for social change or any of that kind of [stuff], terrible. Terrible.”

Brown specifically pointed to Woods’ silence after the Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman said last year that the best strategy for Woods opponents would be to “lynch” him.

As to both men, Brown said, “I know they both know better, OK? And I know they both can do better without hurting themselves.”

But why single out Woods and Jordan? Other than Brown, we’re having trouble thinking of many/any athletes of any race or creed or ethnicity in the past generation who have risked compromising their careers in the name of promoting social progress. (Feel free to refresh our recollection in the comments.)

Indeed, most athletes have opted to tread cautiously when it comes to things that potentially could undermine their earning power.

On one hand, it’s prudent. On the other hand, we agree with Brown — we think that things can be said and actions can be taken without hurting an athlete’s on-field or off-field interests.

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4 Responses to “Jim Brown Takes a Shot at Woods and Jordan”

  1. […] mamajama; he is a killer,” Brown says of Woods, according to Neil Best of Newsday. “He’ll run Go to Source Leave a comment Related PostsJune 24, 2009 — Tiger Woods | Photo 10 (0)June 21, 2009 — The […]

  2. Logan says:

    Jim Brown in my opinion, is the greatest athelete soceity has ever not only because of what he did on the field but off as well. He broke many social barriars. These acheveiments are not well known sadly. He was one of the 1st African American actors that was in a bi-racial love scene and also acted as a main character (and not the toekn black guy) in many movies. During the 1990s he helped stop the violence that was not reported widely by the media in LA. The violence was causing an average of 5 murders a night in LA (More than we lose in one night in Iraq currently). He mentors not just young athelets but children as well. he may be iutspoken but this man doesn’t get the respect he deserves for his accomplishments off the field and I think he is a bit frusrated at many non-white and white athelets not giving back to the communities that give so much to them. Some can call it jealousey b/c he never got a million dollar contract but I think he is old school and expects these guys to remeber where they came from instead of buying 24s for their H2 and drinking crystal in the VIP and then accidentally shooting themselves. I agree with Jim Brown these guys need to stand up for social progress b/c the war on racism and economic discrimination still exist.

  3. Clayton says:

    Jim Brown is without question the greatest professional football player ever. Off the field, his efforts to help youth through agencies like the AmerIcan Foundation have not gone on deaf ears. He is a charitable man. He has done a lot to recognize former teammates who he felt were not getting the recognition they deserve. For example, Gene Hickerson’s long overdue induction into Canton was encouraged by Brown for years.

    I think that Jim is frustrated with what he perceives to be a total lack of professionalism and social responsibility in today’s world of sports. I don’t blame him. What I do think, however, is that he should refrain from speculative comments like those he said about Stallworth and the marijuana.

  4. ButchGavlen says:

    He has also constantly been involved in ministering to prison inmates and parolees all along his career.

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