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More than talk needed to mend fences betweens Browns, Brown

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The talking is the easy part.

Now Browns boss Mike Holmgren and Browns legend Jim Brown have to do the hard part, which is actually make up.

As Alper mentioned in the morning links, both sides said the right things last week. Holmgren began at a press conference saying he’d welcome back Brown “with open arms,” and Brown responding to a question from a reporter that the statement “showed a lot of class.”

But columnist Bud Shaw of the Cleveland Plain Dealer wisely raised an eyebrow at the Kum-Ba-Yah singing, and said there are still miles to go to repair the relationship, which can’t be fixed by media intermediaries.

He points out the ridiculousness that the Indians currently have a better relationship with the volatile Albert Belle. That broken marriage was mended quietly, with former Indians teammates working Belle back-channel, taking small steps to bring him back into the fold.

It’s easy for Holmgren to say he wants Brown to be a part of things. Just as it was easy for him to cut his pay and turn him into what Brown referred to as a “mascot.”

If he really wants to reconcile with the franchise’s best player, he’ll get up from behind a podium and actually reach out to Brown, instead of waiting on the local newspaper to do it for him.

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19 Responses to “More than talk needed to mend fences betweens Browns, Brown”
  1. effjohntaylornorelation says: Jun 18, 2012 9:25 AM

    Jim Brown was an excellent athelete. What does that entitle him to? I find it comical that Brown would even use the word “classy.” The man is a spoiled prick. Because you could play a sport at a high level decades ago does not make you intelligent or deserving of recognition or authority for which you do not have the skills to participate in. GO AWAY, Grumpy.

  2. dexterismyhero says: Jun 18, 2012 9:33 AM

    he hasn’t played there in like 40 years. both sides need to just grow up and go their own ways.

  3. coonsqualler says: Jun 18, 2012 9:41 AM

    As a Die Hard Brown’s fan all I got to say is…WHO CARES??

    Put a damn winning team on the field and don’t worry about previous players. I wish you the media will stop all the talk about it already!!

    Just Sayin’…Go Brownies!!

  4. qdog112 says: Jun 18, 2012 9:42 AM

    The ball is clearly in Holmgren’s court. It is absolutely tragic that Brown and the Browns have become estranged. The organization must do the right thing. If the NFL had only one player statue at any stadium, that statue should be of Jim Brown. He is an icon – a living legend, that should recognized as such.

  5. oldbrowndawg says: Jun 18, 2012 10:04 AM

    How silly all this is! It cropped up this time because of Jim Brown’s popping off about how Trent Richardson is an “ordinary” back. All RBs in this era should be as “ordinary” as T Rich is! But leave it to the Cleveland sports media to stoke the fires and concoct a phoney controversy to have something to write about. This is indeed ridiculous. I’m surprise ProFootballTalk.com is falling for this nonsense. Give it a rest already. Browns fans don’t give a hoot about Jim Brown and his petulance. They want to see this young team continue to grow and develop and start dishing out large portions of revenge to Pittsburgh and Baltimore. Richardson is MUCH more important to Browns fans than Jim Brown is and the old dude can’t quite take that. Tough. Man up and do what Barry Sanders does for Detroit: praise the team when they do well and shut up when they don’t.

  6. renaissanceman87 says: Jun 18, 2012 10:32 AM

    And you wonder why this team is perennially crap? Jim Brown needs to quit being the original Brett Favre, the Browns need to stop worrying about their public relations, because at the end of the day, the fans will take a 13-3 Browns team and a sour relationship with Jim Brown over a nice, comfy, cozy relationship with a former legend and another 5-11 season.

  7. fu7ur3pr00f says: Jun 18, 2012 10:54 AM

    Let’s not forget that Brown quit in his prime, to go to Hollywood and make movies.

    As great as he was, the guy quit on his team and city. How soon we forget.

  8. lifeimitatesfootball says: Jun 18, 2012 10:56 AM

    Don’t worry, Browns fans…the media will leave your team alone real soon…after all, it isn’t the Dolphins that did it…if it was, that team would be getting crucified as usual…Be glad your team doesn’t play in the same division as the Patriots (ESPN’s BB and Brady can do no wrong) or the Jets (NFL Network and PFT’s love of Rex Ryan and Timmah) and the over-hyped Bills.

  9. ezmoover says: Jun 18, 2012 11:14 AM

    Jim Brown’s skillset as a 76 year old NFL “team consultant” is just ordinary.

  10. bigzant82 says: Jun 18, 2012 11:30 AM

    lets just kiss browns a??? and get this team winning again please!!!!

  11. CKL says: Jun 18, 2012 11:46 AM

    qdog112 says:
    Jun 18, 2012 9:42 AM
    The ball is clearly in Holmgren’s court. It is absolutely tragic that Brown and the Browns have become estranged. The organization must do the right thing. If the NFL had only one player statue at any stadium, that statue should be of Jim Brown. He is an icon – a living legend, that should recognized as such.

    _______________________________
    JIM BROWN refused to show up for a ceremony the team had to honor him and other past greats because he is a petulant child who was ticked that his little sinecure job with the team was going to have a salary cut. Please try to get facts instead of kneejerk defenses (for whatever reason you have) of people that are way way wrong.

  12. totallydisgusted says: Jun 18, 2012 11:46 AM

    People hate Brown because they see him as a whiner. In reality he is a very smart man/activist that decided his own football fate. Remember, when Jim Brown played ball they didn’t have the freedom and mobility that is enjoyed in today’s game and he took the power out of the owners hands. I say lay off of the old man its not like he left and never looked back. He’s active in the community and he still cares enough about the team to help influence there decisions. The only other option is to wait far Lebron to come back to the Cavs(Not likely).

  13. toolkien says: Jun 18, 2012 1:59 PM

    Yes, we Packers fans can’t work fast enough to bury all that wonderful whining, quitting, and revenge getting that Favre put us through so we can get to the wonderful “honoring legends” part of the narrative and the perpetual goodness it brings. I’m sure since Favre pretty much single handedly flushed his legacy down the toilet, we can rest assured there won’t be any sort of Brownesque negativity once we hoist his name into the ring of honor and retire his number. So let’s get at it. Don’t want to be thought bitter by fans of other teams.

    And don’t you Browns fans get it? You’re supposed to think exclusively of the good and none of the bad. Never any of the bad no matter the quantity or severity. Once they get some goodwill built up, the Legends can write checks on it for ever and ever and you still must lay in a perpetual supply of knee pads and mouthwash.

  14. bigdawgy54 says: Jun 18, 2012 5:14 PM

    I watched Jim Brown play when I was a youngster. It’s one of the reasons as a southern Ohio boy I became a lifelong Browns fan.
    With that siad, Jim Brown has a reputation for causing friction in both his public and private life. And, here he goes again. And, it’s not needed in Cleveland!
    The Browns must create a new modern era of winning football. Letting contankerous ghosts of the past like Jim Brown continue to make the front page is not helping. He refused to even show up when the “FANS” tried to honor him.
    He let the fans down. The fans need to let him and the biblical era past go! It’s time for change in Cleveland.
    Jim Brown himself has chosen to stay away. So be it! It’s “his” choice and should no longer be our worry or concern.

  15. couldntthinkofaname says: Jun 18, 2012 6:31 PM

    And you wonder why this team is perennially crap? Jim Brown needs to quit being the original Brett Favre, the Browns need to stop worrying about their public relations, because at the end of the day, the fans will take a 13-3 Browns team and a sour relationship with Jim Brown over a nice, comfy, cozy relationship with a former legend and another 5-11 season

    ____________________________

    13 and 3? Even 5-11 is optimistic! Besides, all they did win they won 10 games a few years ago was whine and cry.

  16. 1historian says: Jun 18, 2012 7:16 PM

    What is the big deal here? If Holmgren really wants to reconcile with Brown he will call him on the phone and talk to him.

    Whether he does or doesn’t makes no difference anyway – Brown is 76 years old, he is not only the best player in the franchise’s history he is the best player in the league’s history, and if he wants to be cantankerous – he’s earned it.

    And he went out at the top of his game – one of the VERY few. Good for him.

    Calling him the original Brett Favre makes no sense at all.

  17. tweeter75 says: Jun 18, 2012 11:09 PM

    Yes Jim Brown is a legend, yes Jim Brown is one of the greatest of all time, and I respect him for that.

    The Browns should not have to kiss his butt and Mike Holmgren sure as heck doesn’t have to climb up to the righteous mountain top that Brown has put himself upon, bow to him and kiss his feet.

    With what I menioned above, the Browns don’t owe Jim Brown anything. I don’t know were he gets this over-the-top sense of entitlement.

    He should just go away, keep his diginity and be remembered for being the best Cleveland Brown ever, and not as a bitter old Mr. Grumpy Pants.

  18. badintent says: Jun 19, 2012 12:40 AM

    Police Blotter : Jim Brown fell off his high perch and landed on one of his ex-wifes , sending her to the ER. Again …. Moral of story: Keep JB on Meds. Send to Celebrity Rehab with “the worm “. Give him a brain replacement, not his hip. Or lock in cell with REX and some pics of feet for a week, that’ll cure JB of his bi-polar state of mind.

  19. 1historian says: Jun 19, 2012 5:40 AM

    It’s off-season. Training camp is about 5 weeks away, gotta start getting people hyped up for the season.

    What to do?

    If there is no real story – create one.

    How did this start? Brown said some not too nice things about the Browns’ 1st round draft choice. That’s all.

    That was almost 8 weeks ago.

    get over it

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