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SBD/Issue 192/Sports & Society
Jim Brown Criticizes Tiger, Jordan For Lack Of Social Activism
Published June 24, 2009
|Brown Criticizes Jordan, Woods For Lack Of
Social Activism On HBO's "Real Sports"
TIME TO SPEAK OUT? Fanhouse.com's Kevin Blackistone said, "He probably hasn't done a lot for social change, but I'm tired of asking or expecting Tiger Woods to do that. ... Let's forget about Tiger Woods for a moment and maybe focus on those athletes who actually are standing up and doing things." Fanhouse.com's Jay Mariotti said Woods is the "biggest and richest sports celebrity in the world and he should be out and about. He does plenty for charity … but we're talking about leadership." Mariotti: "He could do more socially. As far as Jordan goes, I don't think Jordan thought about it a lot. I don't really want to hear from Michael Jordan on social issues. Tiger Woods I do." L.A. Times columnist Bill Plaschke said Woods' foundation is "one of the biggest, if not the biggest, of any athlete in the world and this guy does it quietly" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 6/23).
UNFAIRLY TARGETED: ESPN's Michael Wilbon said Brown's criticism of Woods and Jordan is "unfair" because "his sense of the world is not going to be the exact same as Tiger's or Michael's. ... They are more private." ESPN's Tony Kornheiser said Woods "has the right to live his life the way he wants to live his life. He comes under this kind of scrutiny from Jim Brown for specific reasons that Jim Brown wants out of Tiger Woods or Michael Jordan. Nobody asks Roy Halladay or Andy Roddick or Peyton Manning what are they doing with their lives" ("PTI," ESPN, 6/23).