Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown still has a pretty nice stiff-arm.
Brown, considered the greatest Brown of them all, informed Cleveland president Mike Holmgren that he will not attend the Sept. 19 ceremony when the team unveils its new ring of honor.
Brown is one of 16 Hall of Famers to be inducted in the ring during halftime of the team’s home opener against Kansas City. Brown’s decision to skip the event stems from Holmgren removing him as an adviser to owner Randy Lerner. Holmgren, who took over the Browns in December, offered the legendary player a reduced role with the team, a position that Brown declined.
On Monday, Brown sent a letter to Holmgren that was obtained by The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer. In it, Brown says he had no formal contract as an adviser with the Browns, and he believes his agreement with Lerner was violated because a clause in it stated he would answer to no one but the owner.
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“Your ultimatum to me was that you would offer me the opportunity of being that of the greeter, that of a mascot, that of a person that would represent special events by his physical presence, and for those things, I would receive a salary of $100,000,” Brown wrote. “All of those things that you offered me would be controlled by you.”
Brown, 74, concluded his letter by saying, “I’ve never danced in the end zone, I always gave the ball to the referee, so you should know I don’t dance. … 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. Mike, there’s only one thing that I control in life, and that’s being a man.”
COWBOYS SETTLE UP
Companies controlled by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones paid out about $10 million to the two employees seriously injured in the 2009 collapse of the team’s practice facility, the attorney for the pair said.
Attorney Frank Branson said the payments in cash and other benefits to team scout Rich Behm and special teams coach Joe DeCamillis totaled about $5 million each. The payments settle lawsuits the two brought against Cowboys Center Ltd. and Blue Star Development Co.
Behm was paralyzed from the waist down and DeCamillis suffered a broken vertebrae when the building collapsed in a wind storm on May 2, 2009.
New Orleans Saints assistant defensive line coach Travis Jones was suspended 30 days without pay for his admitted role in a real estate scam involving at least 40 people in northwestern Texas. … Running back Justin Fargas has been released by the Denver Broncos. … Squelching rumors put out by an Internet blog report, Jacksonville Pro Bowl running back Maurice Jones-Drew has not had knee surgery, Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said. … A record 96 minority coaches have taken part in this summer’s NFL Minority Coaching Fellowship. … The Carolina Panthers signed 6-foot-4, 318-pound offensive lineman Tim Duckworth. … Tennessee veteran cornerback Cortland Finnegan returned to practice after missing the past three weeks and the first three exhibition games with an injured groin and hip flexor.