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Jim Brown on his relationship with Browns: "I do like to be respected"

-3e01fc0c49472994_medium.jpgHall of Fame running back Jim Brown, who was known for at times saying more than he should have said about the affairs of the team during his time as a member of the Browns’ senior management, has been curiously quiet in the wake of his departure.  Now, amid reports that he won’t be showing up for the September 19 ceremony during which Brown and 15 others will enter the franchise’s new Ring of Honor, Brown continues to take the high road — while nevertheless making his point loudly and clearly.

Asked whether he’ll indeed skip the ceremony, Brown told a Syracuse radio station (via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer), “I’m a very sensitive person. I do like to be respected.  I’m very loyal.  I like it to be a two-way street.”

It’s obvious that Brown has strong feelings regarding his departure from the front office; for now, he’s keeping them to himself.  “I’ve been very quiet about the situation in Cleveland,” Brown said.  “Sometimes when
you comment on things, all you do is create problems.  The last thing I
want to do is create problems for anyone or disrupt the team or
ownership or the plans of other people.”

Perhaps he should have added another word to his explanation:  Yet.  As we suggested back in June, when Brown first commented on the circumstances surrounding the end of his employment with the team, Brown realizes that there’s power in the possibility that he’ll open up what he called at the time “Pandora’s box.”  Once that card is played, the power that comes with the ability to play it forever disappears.

So Brown will continue, at least for now, to keep to himself whatever resides in Pandora’s box.  We’ve got a feeling that, eventually, he’ll lift the lid.  Until then, the powers-that-be will be walking on eggshells, throwing verbal bouquets at Brown in the hopes that he won’t unload with both barrels.

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  1. Harm City Homer says: Aug 26, 2010 8:06 PM

    We should have just taken the records and put him in the Ravens ring of honor like those scumbags in Indy tried to do.

  2. superb owl says: Aug 26, 2010 8:10 PM

    well what can the wifebeater say?
    “they are screwed up because they cut me loose”
    yup, that always works.

  3. Jeff0621 says: Aug 26, 2010 8:10 PM

    What he means is – he likes to have his ass kissed, he likes getting a salary from the Browns for not doing anything – and he likes having the Browns sending his foundation money – because he’s Jim Brown.
    Get over yourself – its over for you dude.

  4. PackAttackBackMan says: Aug 26, 2010 8:12 PM

    WTF could he possibly “open up”???
    Stop with the speculations Mikey and come with a six pack of “Cold Hard Facts”……

  5. Cake Or Death says: Aug 26, 2010 8:17 PM

    “I’m a big man. I’m a big, expansive man. You’re a small, petty man.”

  6. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Aug 26, 2010 8:19 PM

    In other news, the team has announced it’s slogan for 2010:
    The Cleveland Browns – Irrelevant Since 1965, But We’re Really Trying!

  7. superb owl says: Aug 26, 2010 8:20 PM

    iffen u dont respect him, he’ll go upside your head.

  8. Dogsweat says: Aug 26, 2010 8:23 PM

    Jim Brown” I like to be respected”
    “But I dont respect others –especially females.”

  9. sportsbruh3 says: Aug 26, 2010 8:24 PM

    Tell em to KICK ROCKS, JB.

  10. JoeSixPack says: Aug 26, 2010 8:27 PM

    Browns fans seem very happy to have an organization that has Mangini pushing Jim Brown out the door and painting over murals of their history

  11. Sandra Lee's Cans says: Aug 26, 2010 8:30 PM

    C’mon, Jimbo. The gravy train you’ve been riding for years no longer carries passengers. You are no longer relevant. Take your plaque from the former downtown Howard Johnsons where you tossed a woman off the balcony – the one that says “Jim Brown Slapped Here” – and move along.
    Maybe you can get someone else to believe you are something other than a self-important has been and put you on the pad for six figures just because you are Jim Brown.
    Thanks, Mike Holmgren, for cleaning up that problem.

  12. Nate is Gay for Brady says: Aug 26, 2010 8:31 PM

    Good one Harm Homer. Very good.

  13. Philtration says: Aug 26, 2010 8:31 PM

    Respect.
    You gotta give it if you expect to get it back Jim.
    After 50+ years of people kissing your ass and telling you how great you are maybe you could tone the the bitter, angry at the world act for a change.

  14. BigBear123 says: Aug 26, 2010 8:37 PM

    Jeff0621 says:
    August 26, 2010 8:10 PM
    What he means is – he likes to have his ass kissed, he likes getting a salary from the Browns for not doing anything – and he likes having the Browns sending his foundation money – because he’s Jim Brown.
    Get over yourself – its over for you dude.

  15. trickbunny says: Aug 26, 2010 8:38 PM

    Jeff0621 says:
    August 26, 2010 8:10 PM
    What he means is – he likes to have his ass kissed, he likes getting a salary from the Browns for not doing anything – and he likes having the Browns sending his foundation money – because he’s Jim Brown.
    Get over yourself – its over for you dude.
    ————————————————
    Couldn’t have said it better. Spot on.

  16. trickbunny says: Aug 26, 2010 8:42 PM

    JoeSixPack says:
    August 26, 2010 8:27 PM
    Browns fans seem very happy to have an organization that has Mangini pushing Jim Brown out the door and painting over murals of their history
    ————————————————-
    Yep. You’ve got that right. Uh, except the part about Mangini pushing Brown out. That’s Holmgren doing that. Oh, and also on the part about the mural(s?) being painted over. The mural in question was moved, not forever removed/destroyed.
    Gee, I guess you don’t have any of it right- but don’t let that stop you from blabbing away…

  17. NarDawg says: Aug 26, 2010 8:43 PM

    Either his role was one of a mere figurehead, or he was responsible for the last 11 years of awful football. Either way, Holmgren was trying to do him a favor by offering him a reduced role with the team. Brown’s ego cant accept it.

  18. grouchomarx1 says: Aug 26, 2010 8:44 PM

    “I’m a very sensitive person. I do like to be respected. I’m very loyal. I like it to be a two-way street.”
    Thank you for not saying “I don’t like to be disrespected.” It shows that somewhere at sometime, you listened when your teacher spoke.

  19. WhaHappened? says: Aug 26, 2010 8:45 PM

    Respect is earned Jim, not commanded. Why do we keep kissing this guys ass. Stay home …PLEASE

  20. ThePlainTruth says: Aug 26, 2010 8:45 PM

    “I’ll gladly trade you a hamburger Tuesday for a hamburger today”
    Wimpy

  21. superb owl says: Aug 26, 2010 8:49 PM

    it’s just welfare. cut the cord.

  22. Calir says: Aug 26, 2010 8:54 PM

    I’m not really sure what he did while he was there but the team has been bad, made horrible personal moves, and Winslow/B.Edwards/Stallworth and a host of other players didn’t seem to listen to him. If he was on the payroll in some type of consulting roll, he needed to be removed so somebody could have a shot.

  23. superb owl says: Aug 26, 2010 8:58 PM

    Jim Brown on his relationship with Browns: “I do like to be fellated”

  24. ravens53 says: Aug 26, 2010 9:00 PM

    Yep, the wife beater/racist would fit right in with the scum bags in the Ravens circle of jerks-right beside murderer Ray Lewis. As far as a Colts ring-you wouldn’t support the team-you don’t deserve to have any of the old players reprsented in any type of way. Except maybe in the bandwagon hall of fame-you could go in halfs with the Steelers.

  25. comment_submission_error says: Aug 26, 2010 9:00 PM

    Brown could have attempted a second career, but chose to be a glorified greeter instead. He was a terror when he played, but those days were long ago. Most people under 25 probably think he’s a dead legend, anyway.

  26. T-Bone says: Aug 26, 2010 9:01 PM

    Unload with both barrels?
    Whats he gonna do? Let everyone know the Browns franchise sucks?
    The front office didnt/doesnt have a clue what it was/is doing?
    Mike Holmgren is a ol meanie?

  27. Nola North says: Aug 26, 2010 9:03 PM

    How many wining seasons did the browns have while he was in this position? 1 or 2, so obviously you couldn’t do the job before! Why do you think you could do it now?

  28. geek says: Aug 26, 2010 9:09 PM

    This is really sad. Jim Brown is one of the greatest players of all time, and deserves that respect. That said, he was causing some problems opening his mouth over things he had no business thinking he had anything worth saying. The Browns needed to cut him loose to have any chance of fixing the team. He had no business expecting them to listen to him like he was an expert on player selection – or even 21st century NFL football.
    The Browns are reaching out to him to try and rebuild the sense that they respect what he did. If he has too much pride to accept the hand, then he really has made himself irrelevant, and doesn’t deserve the respect he demands. He need to go the way of so many other great players… into the sunset.

  29. Terry says: Aug 26, 2010 9:23 PM

    “I do like to be respected”
    He was given a Do Nothing job in upper management; THAT, my man, was out of RESPECT for you and you blew it by flapping your lips w/o authority. Again they anoint you as a member of the “ring of honor”, OUT OF RESPECT FOR YOU. What they wont do is give you a job again. Respect is a two way street and you’ve shown none for the organization; good riddance!

  30. Citizen Strange says: Aug 26, 2010 9:23 PM

    Then stop being a woman beating a-hole.

  31. dittohead says: Aug 26, 2010 9:32 PM

    It takes one to know one Harm City Homer.

  32. orangeandbrown85 says: Aug 26, 2010 9:34 PM

    @Harm City Homer-
    So, you call the team in Indy Scumbags, I’m assuming because they stole your team. yet you seem perfectly OK doing it to another team that was stolen and given to your city? Hypocritical a**hole…

  33. subadai says: Aug 26, 2010 9:37 PM

    Sigh…
    Old age is a terrible disease. One that has afflicted Jim Brown badly. Time has passed him by.
    Problem is… old age is the ONE disease no one looks forward to being cured of.

  34. kravon says: Aug 26, 2010 9:38 PM

    I dont even remember Jim Brown as a running back.
    I remember him most for his outstanding movie roles.
    Kravon
    PFT Charter Member

  35. DB26 says: Aug 26, 2010 9:41 PM

    Love JB the athlete/Browns great. As a FO exec, he was a douche. Brown wanted to have say so when it came to draft picks, coaches, etc. He never did anything to earn his position. He isn’t a scout, he isn’t anyone with FO experience or a knack for hiring good coaches. He overstepped his boundaries for long enough & drained $ out too. Would it be nice to have Clevelands best ever player continue to support the franchise? Sure… But it isn’t a necessity! Holmgren/Heckert has done well with the current clean up, Bernie & Brown had no business in the FO.

  36. PAYDAMAN says: Aug 26, 2010 9:49 PM

    Hey Joe, Mangini didn’t paint over any murals. He simply moved them to where people could see them. If you’re going to comment you could at least get your facts straight. Mangini has been with the Browns before; if anyone knows and respects their great history and tradition it’s him.

  37. Peester15 says: Aug 26, 2010 9:56 PM

    Does anyone really care about Jim Brown right now? Unless you are over 50..he is irrelevant.

  38. GLSTL says: Aug 26, 2010 10:23 PM

    Jim Brown does not respect himself. He only acts like he does. He is a very sad caricature of what was a great runner. At he\is age he should grow up.
    He is still a hurt little boy. For heaven’s sake grow up already.

  39. queenie says: Aug 26, 2010 10:28 PM

    orangeandbrown85 says:
    August 26, 2010 9:34 PM
    @Harm City Homer-
    So, you call the team in Indy Scumbags, I’m assuming because they stole your team. yet you seem perfectly OK doing it to another team that was stolen and given to your city? Hypocritical a**hole…
    __________________________
    Yea….Good one…right on brother…what you got to say to that Harm City Homer…..you’ve been called OUT!

  40. Philtration says: Aug 26, 2010 11:19 PM

    Brown’s role in “Mars Attacks” was perfect for him.
    The washed up jock who really should be grateful to be a greater at a casino.
    I am liking the scene in “The Dirty Dozen” where he gets shot more and more every time I see it.

  41. 90ragtop says: Aug 26, 2010 11:23 PM

    Attenion Jim Brown:
    Please return to the concession stand for an extra-large, steaming cup of STFU.
    Thank you.

  42. maxtng says: Aug 26, 2010 11:48 PM

    It is ALWAYS about being angrier than the next guy in Cleveland. I write this every time and every time it is the same issue. Cleveland is the angriest place in America. It isn’t the fault of the NFL that your economic situation has dried up. It isn’t the fault of the NFL that you can’t sell out a stadium anymore. At some time you need to rectify your situation and own the reality of this. The reality of actual life. Your poverty and anger is your situation Cleveland. FIX IT.

  43. Arizona Buckeye says: Aug 27, 2010 12:04 AM

    Jim Brown no longer deserves press in the sports page. He is a bitter, angry, asshole that serves no positive purpose in life. He has chosen to piss away any credibility that he has earned over the years – now he is equal to John McCain – once great, now a pathetic waste of space joke

  44. sharkattack says: Aug 27, 2010 12:44 AM

    Jim Brown was the greatest player to ever step on the field. In his short career he did more than most could accomplish in a lifetime. As a football player, Jim Brown is entitled to all the respect in the world. As a person, not so much. His records remain. No one will ever average 100 yards a game for their career again.
    Was firing him the right move? Yes. A lesser role has been offered. He should accept if he wants to remain part of the organization. If he doesn’t, then that is truly sad, yet completely irrelevant.
    Moving forward, the Cleveland Browns are Mike Holmgren’s team. He has as much power over his team as any one person in the league. For better or worse, the Browns will sink or swim with Holmgren at the helm. Not Jim Brown.
    Everyone saying he is irrelevant is an idiot. He is in a rare and exclusive group of players who’s opinion on football will always matter.

  45. Zinn says: Aug 27, 2010 1:08 AM

    More than likely the information that brown has kept hidden are incidents of Mangini”s ego and his poor treatment of Browns players and employees. Along with everyone distaste of Mangini.
    Hopefully after Mangini is fired this year, Brown will be rehired and the Jim Brown mural that Mangini painted over will be restored.

  46. txtumbleweed says: Aug 27, 2010 1:11 AM

    Why should he be respected after he beat a girl up and threw her off a balcony. You get respect when you show respect!

  47. txtumbleweed says: Aug 27, 2010 1:14 AM

    I’m curious, is OJ in the ring of honor in Buffalo? He was also great on the football field.

  48. Mike Daly says: Aug 27, 2010 1:25 AM

    Has Jim Brown ever said anything about anything that was worth listening to? Where has his opinion on football ever mattered? Where is his football opinion more credible than someone like Rodney Harrison or Terry Bradshaw?

  49. e19 says: Aug 27, 2010 1:30 AM

    “September 19 ceremony during which Brown and 15 others will enter the franchise’s new Ring of Honor”
    Haha. If I were Jim Brown I would wonder who the eff the other 15 were.
    “I do like to be respected”
    Well, inducting Jim Brown and anybody else at the same time is NOT respecting Jim Brown.
    Sorry, but he deserves his own day, whether or not that is right or wrong and a result of his ego is irrelevant.
    Jim Brown deserves to be inducted into any Browns “Ring of Honor” with…nobody else.
    He was by far the greatest player in Browns’ history, and inducting him first, by himself, is the right thing to do.
    But it’s Cleveland, so………..

  50. BP says: Aug 27, 2010 7:11 AM

    So if you don’t pay him a six figure salary for being deadwood you don’t respect him?

  51. fresno500 says: Aug 27, 2010 7:38 AM

    I bet it’s the black/white thing (in “pandora’s” box).

  52. tv says: Aug 27, 2010 7:42 AM

    He says while showing no respect for anyone else – especially women.

  53. Ron Mexico says: Aug 27, 2010 9:17 AM

    What, he’s still angry that Holmgren threw him off the balcony?

  54. Sandra Lee's Cans says: Aug 27, 2010 9:45 AM

    maxtng says:
    August 26, 2010 11:48 PM
    It is ALWAYS about being angrier than the next guy in Cleveland. I write this every time and every time it is the same issue. Cleveland is the angriest place in America. It isn’t the fault of the NFL that your economic situation has dried up. It isn’t the fault of the NFL that you can’t sell out a stadium anymore. At some time you need to rectify your situation and own the reality of this. The reality of actual life. Your poverty and anger is your situation Cleveland. FIX IT.
    _________________________________
    Can you tell me when the last time was that the Browns had a blackout? Didn’t think so.

  55. Harm City Homer says: Aug 27, 2010 10:37 AM

    Byner, Stover and Rob Burnett were not Baltimore Browns. Byner does not belong in the Ravens ROH, but at least he played here.
    Do you Charlie Brown fans not see the difference?
    Baltimore Browns = Indianapolis Colts
    If Irsay had changed the name and left the colors, and we got the Jags instead, we would not have had to take your team. Or if you had just built a new stadium instead of the rock and roll HOF, we would have just taken the Rams or whatever.
    I do not like how it went down, but there is no comparison. You were back in the NFL in 3 years with your history intact. We have to hear about Peyton Manning breaking Unitas records all the time and hear how Freeney breaks Marchetti’s sack records.
    How would you like to hear about Jamal Lewis breaking Jim Brown’s records or putting Jim Brown in the Ravens ring of honor? There is a better chance he would show up though and bring LeBron with him.

  56. ErikInHell says: Aug 27, 2010 11:10 AM

    Wow. You are a moron.
    The bastard modell sold the Browns franchise to the NFL in an attempt to stop multiple lawsuits filed by Cleveland, Ohio, and many individuals. The sale included the colors, records, and history. He got the players and equipment. The NFL then held the Browns franchise in receivership until Al Lerner won the bid to purchase the team. The bastard modell then went on to show the world what a crappy owner he was by nearly bankrupting the ratbirds within 6 years. He still owns 1% of that team so he doesn’t have to pay a 10% finders fee to the family of the man that brokered his purchase of the Browns.
    You balimorons might not have lost the colts if you’d actually showed up to the games. Yes, they sucked before they moved, but Irsay moved the colts based on NFL bylaws, of which the “fan support” clause was his main reason to move. The bastard modell moved his team because baltiwhore and MD offered him a big enough bribe. There was no reason based on NFL bylaws for him to move the team.

  57. Fritz says: Aug 27, 2010 11:44 AM

    I’ve alway thought that when referring to self one uses the word sensitive it could easily be replaced with the word self-centered.
    A truly sensitive person is sensitive about other’s not self.
    Anyway maybe that’s just me thinking.

  58. steeler560 says: Aug 27, 2010 11:54 AM

    An orange n brown birdie told me Jim Brown is prevey to the facts that there’s a known problem with staph at the Browns training facility and that Browns officials were forewarned that players could be infected but ignored all warnings and blew it off. Joe Jurivicious and LeCharles Bentley’s lawyers plus other Browns players would have a legal field day with the info Jim Brown knows…it would create a PR and legal nightmare for the Browns

  59. superb owl says: Aug 27, 2010 10:58 PM

    i think everyone already knows the browns knew about the staph infection problem.
    staph meeting… i mean… staff meeting… STAT!
    /////////////
    the browns won one championship in 3 tries in 9 years with brown, and the cleveland D shut down the high powered colts to do it. they went 80-32-4 in those 9 years. the lions flat out destroyed them in the 57 title game.
    the browns won 3 championships (nfl) in 6 tries before brown showed up. they went 67-23-1 in those 7 years. and no one flattened them in a title game.
    in the 8 years after brown, several with leroy kelly, who brown knew he couldnt keep on the bench, the browns didnt win any championships but still went 64-43-3 with 5 playoff entries and only one season as bad as .500.
    i dont see mr. brown, a famed exemplar of the star system, as being quite the impact player some of his k-gobblers like to say he was.

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