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May 28, 2013 - Mike McLain
Jim Brown's on-and-off relationship with the Browns is on again.
The team announced today that the Hall of Fame running back has accepted a role with the new management team headed by owner James Haslam and CEO Joe Banner. A press conference will be conducted tomorrow to announce the move.
Brown's return to the organization ends a nearly three-year separation that began during Mike Holmgren's tenure as CEO. Holmgren infuriated Brown when he removed the ex-player from the payroll as an assistant to then-owner Randy Lerner.
Brown refused to appear at team-sponsored events. Holmgren made attempts to patch up the relationship, but no return offer to the organization was consummated.
Haslam stated last year that one of his objectives was to mend the ill feelings Brown had for the team and find a role for him to fulfill. It's not known at this time what his responsibilities will involve.
Brown was around the team often during the ownership of the late Art Modell. When the late Alfred Lerner purchased the expansion franchise in 1999, he sought out Brown as an employee. The relationship continued when Randy assumed ownership after his father's death in 2002.
It's nice that the organization will again welcome back Brown, but unless he can return to his form of 50-plus years ago, it probably won't do much to excite the fan base.
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