Jim Brown to skip Ring of Honor Ceremony…

From Cleveland.com

The Browns have been holding off an announcement of the creation of the Ring of Honor until the proposed inductees in the first class, or family members, confirmed their attendance. The first class will be made up of the Browns’ 16 Pro Football Hall of Famers.

The Browns have not heard directly from Brown that he will not attend.

“He won’t be able to make it,” said Monique Brown, Jim’s wife, speaking for him. “He tried to move a few things around [his schedule], but wasn’t able to.”

The profound snub speaks to the suddenly frosty relations between the franchise and its greatest player. Brown had been very visible since the franchise returned in 1999 and was named an executive adviser to owner Randy Lerner a few years ago with a six-figure salary.

Brown had the title removed by Mike Holmgren shortly after Holmgren joined the Browns as team president in January. Holmgren offered a reduced role for Brown, and a pay cut, but Brown declined.

At the time, Brown said he would make himself available to the Browns if he were called. He participated in the team’s draft in New York — at the request of the NFL — and also answered a call from coach Eric Mangini to speak to the club’s rookies.

Brown was informed of the club’s intent to create a Ring of Honor several months ago. He was non-committal about attending. But two things have stung him, said a source close to him. The Browns curtailed their financial involvement in Brown’s Amer-I-Can program, and Brown has not heard from Lerner since their parting.

“I’m afraid we’ve seen the last of Jim Brown around here,” said the source.

The Browns are expected to formally unveil plans for their Ring of Honor this week. Their show will go on.

Browns Legends: The Browns Legends program is back after a one-year hiatus.

The streamlined program has two major changes. The number of inductees each year is reduced from four to two. Also, the inductees don’t have to come from separate eras in the team’s history.

A third change is that fans will not have the opportunity to cast votes on the Browns’ team website. In the past, the fan vote counted a small percentage of the overall vote.

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2 Responses to “Jim Brown to skip Ring of Honor Ceremony…”

  1. Denolakes says:

    I am ambivalent about this. Jim Brown was the epitome of the Browns in the late 50s and early 60s. He is still ranked among the best — if not the best — running back of all time and certainly of his era. His post-football record leaves more to be desired. Bad decisions and questionable actions left their scars — as they do on anyone’s life. I am not really sure what value Brown really added to the organization at this point. All that being said, I would prefer that many former Browns circulate among the fans. But, this is a game of the here and now. This team must make its own way — and these players must create their own legacies.

  2. dale says:

    You would think the Browns would have had enough good sense to cut ties with him years ago. He is arguably the greatest Brown ever. [ some might say Otto ]However, his association with extremist groups like the nation of islam ( farakhan )and the new black panthers makes him ” bad for bussiness. ” The fact that he has been charged on more than one occasion with domestic abuse is also a big negative. I met him about 21 years ago at a signing for his book “OUT OF BOUNDS” and to be fair it was a great thrill. He apologized for being slightly late,said he would stay later and sign for each and every person in line and was friendly and talkative. But,keep in mind me and the other 200 or so people were paying $20 for his book. To sum it up he was a great athlete with questionable character.

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