Jim Brown, still angry over what he perceives as a slight from Cleveland Browns president Mike Holmgren, plans to skip this weekend's ring of honor ceremony.
Brown was a guest speaker at Thursday’s Santa Clara (Calif.) Sports Law Symposium and said he will join NFL commissioner Roger Goodell this weekend at a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington rather that fly to Ohio to take part in the ceremony honoring the Browns’ 16 Hall of Fame members.
“No, I won’t be going,” Brown said. “My legacy won’t be defined by Holmgren.”
Brown is upset with Holmgren, who coached the Seattle Seahawks from 1999 to 2008, for reducing his role as an adviser to owner Randy Lerner. He sent a letter telling Holmgren he would not stay with the team in the role of a “greeter, that of a mascot.”
Holmgren tried to contact Brown and wrote a letter trying to get the 74-year-old NFL legend to change his mind, but was unsuccessful. Holmgren said Lerner also sent a letter to Brown trying to persuade him to attend the ceremony Sunday when the Browns will honor their initial class into the ring of honor.
“I haven’t heard from Jim, but the door is open,” Holmgren said earlier this week when the Browns kicked off events connected with their ring of honor.
WEEK 5 FOR JACKSON
San Diego Chargers holdout wide receiver Vincent Jackson can play in Week 5 if he’s traded by next Wednesday, the NFL and the players union decided
The agreement helps clear the way for the Pro Bowler to be traded, provided the Chargers can agree to terms with another team.
The agreement essentially rolls what could have been a six-game suspension into four games. Jackson currently is serving a three-game NFL suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. He pleaded guilty in February to his second DUI since 2006.
If Jackson isn’t traded by the deadline, he’ll have to serve the remainder of his three-game DUI suspension and serve the three-game suspension on the roster exempt list if he does sign, regardless of a subsequent trade.
A woman withdrew her petition for a temporary restraining order against former NFL player Shannon Sharpe. She alleges Sharpe forced her to have sex with him, threatened her life and conducted surveillance of her. … The Falcons declared Sunday as “Tony Gonzalez Day” at the Georgia Dome, in honor of his NFL-record 1,000th reception as a tight end – which he made in Pittsburgh on Sunday. … Cowboys fullback Deon Anderson will be out 2 to 4 weeks after surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. … Arizona wide receiver Early Doucet will undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia, suffered Sunday against St. Louis, and is will to be sidelined three to six weeks. … The San Diego Chargers’ streak of 48 straight sellouts is ending. Their home opener Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars will be blacked out on local TV because they fell more than 7,000 tickets short of reaching a sellout. … Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme missed his second straight practice because of an injured right ankle.