April 20, 2014

Trent Richardson Laughs at Jim Brown “Situation”

I laugh at the situation. 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. He has his own thoughts. That’s him being him. I have no problem with it. I just wish the best of luck for him whatever he’s doing in life.

- Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson, to ESPN.com, saying that he has no intentions of reaching out to Jim Brown after being called “ordinary” by the Hall of Famer. Team president Mike Holmgren recently extended an invite to the estranged Brown, hoping that the Hall of Fame running back would be willing to re-associate himself with his long-time employer.

[Related: Jim Brown is still talking about Trent Richardson and Mike Holmgren]

  • http://twitter.com/GreatestHurley Jason Hurley

    Kudos, Trent. Stay away from that mess.

  • Harv 21

    Good response. Imagine it from this kid’s perspective, asked to react to the nonsense an embittered, attention-hungry 76 year old guy you’ve never me is spouting about you. Pay some generic respect, say it’s all good, stay pleasant, wait for the next question. I like this kid already.

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    I dont really understand Jim Brown’s angle on anything anymore. Whats the point in putting down a new member of the Browns? I suppose he wasnt malicious, but he should keep his mouth shut or at least be polite unless the question asked to him ACTUALLY pertains to him.

  • Dee P

    Am I the only one that took Richardson’s last comment as a shot at Brown? Maybe I am giving Richardson too much credit and he’s not that clever though…

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    I think thats just a comment that he honestly has no idea what an old, retired, disgruntled NFL/movie star is doing these days. No intent in my mind

  • TSR3000

    Classy response. Especially the part about making him a believer. Cannot wait to see this kid in action.

  • humboldt

    I don’t think it’s fair to characterize Brown as “putting down” Richardson. He merely raised questions about whether Richardson’s success was due more to his immense abilities or the overall strength of the Alabama program/system. This is a fair and debatable proposition, although obviously we all hope the former is the case (as does Brown, I believe).

    So what is going on with Brown? I think it’s a combination of:

    1) A passion for the success of a franchise that he will always be associated with.
    2) A proxy war in the larger situation with Holmgren.
    3) A personal challenge to Richardson.
    4) A jaded recognition that his own playing days being finished.

  • nj0

    Why is all this Jim Brown nonsense a story?

  • humboldt

    Because Jim Brown is the greatest player in franchise history and has earned a platform.

  • Natedawg86

    At least JBo isn’t refering to himself in the third person…yet

  • nj0

    And here I thought the media was just manufacturing a story.

  • humboldt

    I’ll let you in on a little secret: all stories from the media are manufactured – we call this process “journalism”.

  • http://twitter.com/oribiasi oribiasi

    I’m glad TRich has the moxie or whatever to make such a mature statement. I echo the previous comments: can’t wait to see this kid on the field.

  • nj0

    Touche salesman.

  • DontbringLBJback

    When you haven’t won squat in almost 50 years (1964), one of the things that you take pride in is the fact that your team was home to the greatest player ever. The legacy of Jim Brown, and the championships of the 50′s, makes being a Browns fan just a little bit easier in these times of trial and tribulation.

    All that being said, I really wish the guy would shut his big ole’ trap!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Dennymayo Denny

    What does Trent Richardson have to say about Colt McCoy’s dad.

  • mgbode

    well, journalism is researching a subject, finding out as many facts as possible and then either reporting directly on them or taking an angle on the story and writing it as an opinion piece.

    much of what we see today involves what appears to be someone getting drunk and handed a cell phone with twitter open.

  • humboldt

    I agree that the rigor/substance of this story is poor, which is what I believe Nj0 was referring to. Nevertheless, it is still a matter of reporting the timely opinions of the greatest player in Browns history who has earned the right to be heard.

    It’s a bit like asking a former president about his opinion on foreign policy matters – is interesting fodder for public conversation but ultimately doesn’t have much of a bearing on anything at all.

  • Bryan

    If read in full, Brown’s comments on TRich were totally fair and not overly critical. Brown simply pointed out that TRich is more of a workhorse type back rather than a true gamebreaker. Brown compared TRich indirectly to Emmit Smith. I fail to see why everyone is so offended. This seems like a reasonable assessment. Watch TRich run. His effectiveness is driven by his efficiency and durability, not explosive quickness.

    Jim Brown is a smart, no-nonsense dude who wants to be a part of this organization. I don’t see why the fans are all of sudden against him.

  • floydrubino

    If your mad at Holmgren why take it out on a rookie player that has never played a down. Jim Brown and Sanders are the best of all time so you don’t need to be bitter at players but direct it to the people that deserve it. Lerner and Holmgren are probably good targets.

  • jmounts

    Exactly Trent, “whatever he’s doing in life”, which is?