The rookie running back told Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com that he had no interest in talking to the man who so often referred to him as “ordinary” before and after the Browns took him with the third overall pick.
“He has his own thoughts. That’s him being him,” Richardson said. “I have no problem with it. I just wish the best of luck for him whatever he’s doing in life.”
Among other criticisms of the current regime, the Hall of Fame running back zeroed in on Richardson, saying he didn’t see “anything outstanding about him.”
“I laugh at the situation,” Richardson said. “You don’t know me from spic to span. But he’s Jim Brown. He’s done a lot here and I haven’t done anything yet. I have a lot to accomplish and big shoes to fill.
“When it comes down to it, I have to work and make sure I make him a believer. I haven’t done anything yet.”
There are times when Brown comes off as a cranky old man, complete with the “get off my lawn,” tendencies.
At the same time, he’s Jim Brown, perhaps the greatest running back of all time. Treating him with a little respect is still in order.