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Hall Of Famer Jim Brown Slams the NFL

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NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown slams the NFL, saying the league needs to do more so that they don't get another Aaron Hernandez.

Hernandez, the former Patriots star tight end, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Odin Lloyd in June.  Police are still searching for the .45-caliber Glock pistol they believe was used to shoot Lloyd five times.  Hernandez has been caught on video from his own home surveillance system holding what looks like a Glock pistol. 

Brown has followed the case closely and he says Hernandez was acting just like a gang member would.  Brown has done extensive work, mentoring gang members and prison inmates around the country and sees gang related behavior from Hernandez.  He says the police allegations that Hernandez and two others took a "ride" in the car with the victim, before he was shot, and the pictures of Hernandez with a black pistol, are especially alarming.  On the "Fox 11 Sports Special,"  NFL legend Jim Brown said the NFL needs to do a better job spotting the signs of gang influence in young players because many of them of vulnerable.

Here is the transcription from his appearance on FOX 11's Sports Show on Friday, August 9, 2013:

"I would like to blame the National Football League for neglecting to hire sometimes the right people. The people that know the culture. Not just the old heads that have been there for many years, and you give them a job, because he is a nice guy, and the league is doing well. But to really understand the culture that you are drawing your players from.

Most of our players don't have a father figure. They dont have a biological father. They have comrades in their neighborhoods. They want to be respected by their comrades.

And so, some people supposedly respect the CEO of a company,  but alot of these players respect the gang member and his neighborhood, because a gang member likes them, treats them good, gives them respect, and the gang member has power. Power impresses people, so if you can't get power on that level, you can get it on this level. 

So what pleases one coach doesnt please another. This might sound like i'm contradicting myself, but basically a lot of these young men need other men to be in their lives and to help guide them. And so many of them don't. They go to the culutre, the culture has a bravato. You can be a "bad" guy--"bad"meaning you are tough, you will kill someone, you will shoot someone, you will do whatever, and you will get respect for it. "

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