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Jim Browns thinks the Browns Screwed him….

Jim Browns think the team screwed him. Well Jim, the fans of this city think you scewed us.


Earlier this year, the Cleveland Browns decided to part ways with Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown, who most recently served as a member of the team’s senior management.

Brown had kept quiet about the situation in Cleveland, alluding vaguely to “Pandora’s box” but not opening it.  Yet.

That could be changing.  According to Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Brown has sent a letter to the Browns explaining that — as reported and expected — he won’t be attending the September 19 Ring of Honor induction.  In the letter, per Grossi, “Brown states that while he had no formal contract as executive advisor with the Browns, he believes his agreement with owner Randy Lerner was violated because a clause in it stated he would answer to no one but Lerner.”

But a contract is an agreement.  So either Brown had an “agreement” or he didn’t.  It sounds like at most he had a legally unenforceable understanding as to what his role would be and, more importantly, who he would be reporting to.

Brown contends that he was offered $100,000 per year to be “a greeter . . . a mascot . . . a person that would represent special events by his physical presence,” and that he declined.  From that it could be inferred that his prior agreement/arrangement entailed much more money — and much more substantive duties.

Still, it doesn’t appear that Brown plans to demand a settlement or to file suit.  Instead, the main purpose of the letter seems to be the communication of his decision not to attend the September 19 event.

“I don’t have any trophies in my home on display,” Brown writes.  “I don’t claim to be the best at anything, and I emphatically do not need validation from any man, so I will not participate in your Ring of Honor.”

We respect Brown’s position.  But shouldn’t he also be asking the Browns not to include him in the Ring of Honor at all?  Even if he doesn’t show up, he’ll have permanent validation at Cleveland Browns Stadium via the presence of his name there. 

If he doesn’t want it, he needs to say so.  And if he doesn’t say so, we’ll assume he wants it.

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4 Responses to “Jim Browns thinks the Browns Screwed him….”

  1. Denolakes says:

    Sorry to see this. Good luck to Jim Brown and with all his good endeavors.

    • dale says:

      What good endeavers?! He wears his “I hate whitey” hat and hangs out with black separatist groups. He “tries” to rehabilate ( crips and bloods who committed murders and other violent crimes ) ex-cons. Has he beaten any women lately? Modell brought him back to the organization and gave him a “fake” job. Lerner did the same thing. Like I said before on another post,great football player, but his post football life is very questionable. Everybody just needs to move on as far as JB is concerned…….

      • Denolakes says:

        I think it would be best if you take a step back from this. Rehabilitating — or working with hardened criminals in an attempt to make something useful out of their lives — is hardly a knock. His Amer-I-Can project has value for challenged youth. The domestic violence issue was disturbing — but also apparently an isolated incident. I don’t know the circumstances, so I cannot comment about anything other than I cannot understand this type of violence or loss of control — in the cool, quiet reflection of my armchair. And, as I see it, his job was no more “fake” than any sports writer.

  2. dale says:

    Deno,you must be either way younger than me or have selected memory syndrome. Research JB’s history a little bit better. He has had at least five “isolated incidences!” This is not including the time he choked a golf partner or the time he had “road rage” and beat a guy up severely. He was acquitted every time,but there is definitely a pattern of bad behavior here. He is just lucky he never crossed that “OJ” line or he would really be an embarassment to the Browns. I don’t mean to put you down,but you should not put great athletes or enternainers on pedestals.

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