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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Jim Brown's Swipe at Tiger Woods: Another Curious Move by the King of Ironic Moralizing

Posted By on Tue, Jan 29, 2008 at 11:01 AM

For someone with a highly checkered past, and for someone who has benefited from the public’s willingness to forgive (again and again), Jim Brown sure has some stones in calling out Tiger Woods and Kelly Tilghman. Tilghman is the Golf Channel anchor who suggested that to stop Tiger Woods, players on the PGA Tour should “lynch Tiger Woods in a back alley.” Not a great choice of metaphor by Tilghman, particularly in reference to a black athlete. ... So she was suspended for two weeks and apologized profusely. Woods, a friend of Tilghman’s, accepted the apology, called the incident a “non-issue”, insisted there was no “ill intent” behind the comments, and returned to his regularlly scheduled embarassing of his colleagues, winning his first tournament of the year by 142 strokes. But Jim Brown, the Browns legend and Captain of Irony, squeezed some more juice from the story last week when he appeared on ESPN’s First Take, opining that Tiger had failed to properly villify Tilghman for her mistake. Among Brown’s points were that Tiger waited until it was politcally correct before he made any public remarks, that Tiger needs to take a stronger stance when it comes to race issues, and that Tilghman should have faced stiffer punishment for saying what she said. You can watch Browns’ full interview in the video below this post. Needless to say, Jim Brown is not the man to be lecturing people about how to treat others. It’s like a guy who beats women running an anti-violence program. (Oh, wait. He did that too). Among the things that suggest that Brown should sit quietly on all matters of morality, here are some of his extra curricular activities, according to his biography on
An 18-year-old accused Brown of forcing her to have sex after giving her whisky, but a jury found him innocent of assault and battery in the 10-day trial in 1965. He was accused of throwing his girlfriend from a balcony in 1968, but when the 22-year-old woman refused to name Brown as her assailant, the charge of assault with intent to murder was dropped. He was fined $300 for resisting a deputy. Brown was acquitted of assaulting a man after a traffic accident in 1969. He was fined $500 and spent a day in jail after beating up a golfing partner in 1978. He was charged with rape, sexual battery and assault in 1985, but the charges were dropped when the 33-year-old woman gave inconsistent testimony. The next year, he was arrested for allegedly beating his fiancée after accusing her of flirting. He spent three hours in jail, but three days later the 21-year-old woman said she didn't want to prosecute. In October 1999, Brown was convicted in Los Angeles of smashing the window of his 25-year-old wife Monique's car, but was acquitted of making terrorist threats against her. The judge sentenced him to three years' probation, stripped him of his driver's license for a year, fined him $1,700 to be paid to a battered woman's shelter and a domestic abuse fund, and ordered him to attend special counseling for domestic batterers. When Brown refused counseling, he was given a six-month sentence. He was released from jail in Ventura County (California) in July 2002 after serving less than four months.
So, yeah, it’s tough to stomach Brown lecturing Woods -- widely accepted as more or less a model citizen -- on how to respond when a woman gets out of line. Whattya suggest, Jim? Beat old Kelly’s Accord with a shovel? Throw her off a balcony? Spray her with some OG malt beverage? Or perhaps, Jim, you should just do what you do worst: Mind your own business. -- Vince Grzegorek

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