NFL legend Jim Brown blasts NCAA as “reprehensible”
Cleveland Browns legendary running back Jim Brown has never been one to hold his tongue. The Hall of Famer continued that approach on Saturday in his assessment of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). His comments came at a Pro Football Hall of Fame event in which he was asked his thoughts, and he didn’t hold back (via Pat McManamon of ESPN.com)
“The NCAA is probably the most reprehensible organization God ever created…I’m totally for change and total change, and I think that body needs to be torn apart and put back together with everybody’s best interests in mind…I wanted to say it as harsh as I could, because I want them to come at me in any way they want to, because it’s a shame the way that it happens.”
Brown added that the NCAA is pretentious when it says it is “doing things for the young people.”
The NCAA has been under fire for a perceived exploitation of student athletes for extreme profit for universities while players sometimes report poor medical attention, lack of sufficient meal plans, and overall poor conditions. So much so, that Northwestern University football players recently conducted a vote to collectively bargain via a union.
I’d have trouble calling them the “most reprehensible organization God ever created,” given abominations such as the Ku Klux Klan, the Third Reich, and Westboro Baptist Church. However, when Jim Brown speaks, he’s usually listened to, and the NCAA should consider that there are some valid points.
– David Whitlock