Hall of Famer Jim Brown says he admires President-elect Donald Trump for what he's said about trying to help the African-American community.
Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown says he admires President-elect Donald Trump for what the businessman says about trying to help the African-American community.
Brown and Pastor Darrell Scott met with Trump in New York City on Tuesday in what has been reported as a meeting to discuss community relations with African-American citizens. Former NFL linebacker Ray Lewis and rap musician Kanye West also attended the meeting at Trump Tower.
"When he goes through what he went through to become the president, he got my admiration," Brown told CNN. "No one gave him a chance."
Brown has been a civil rights activist for decades after his playing career with the Cleveland Browns. When asked about race, Brown says that his greatest influences that made a difference in his life have been Caucasians.
"The three greatest people in my life were white, OK. My high school coach, my high school superintendent and my mentor in Manhasset, Long Island," Brown said.
"I can't speak for the pastor, but I fell in love with him, because he really talks about helping African-American, black people and uh that's why I'm here," Brown added
Brown later tried to clarify those remarks and said he was referring to Scott, not Trump.
"I was talking about my partner sitting right here," Brown said. "I was talking to the man who got us together. The man who's been the catalyst. The man who has represented. And he's comical and he's very vivacious. You know, he's a character."
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