In response to the comments made by Mike Holmgren during his Thursday afternoon press conference, Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown stated that the Cleveland Browns president showed a “lot of class.”
“If that’s what Holmgren said, it just shows a lot of class on his part,” said Brown to Cleveland.com’s Branson Wright. “I’ve always been attracted to anyone who has the class to reach out. I have nothing to hold me back from being a positive person in any type of circumstances. I am a Cleveland Brown, but it’s always up to those in control to decide what they want to do.”
Following a much-discussed parting of ways upon the hiring of Holmgren in 2010, Brown has been very outspoken about the team from claims of “racial mascot” to slamming their recent first-round draft selection in running back Trent Richardson. Sour grapes were had as Brown opted to not attend the Ring of Honor ceremony wherein several historical greats were enshrined during a halftime ceremony. Just last week, Brown let the shrapnel extend even further, taking shots at Browns owner Randy Lerner with regard to his ocassional stops in England.
Holmgren addressed the recent news items, stating that, despite the consternation, the team still feels that Brown is a large part of the history and would like for him to be a large part of their future.
“How the Browns view Jim Brown hasn’t changed and will never change,” Holmgren said on Thursday. “I can see where Jim would be upset with me with his role change.
“I would like Jim Brown to come and be a part of this and feel comfortable doing that and I would welcome him with open arms.”
(Source: Branson Wright)