Nobody messes with Jim Brown.
Comedian Richard Pryor, who famously caught on fire while freebasing cocaine, once joked that the same fate would not have befallen Brown. "Fire don’t mean s*** to Jim. Fire jumped on Jim once. He said, 'Hey!' " Pryor joked, brushing the fire off him.
Brown, 6-foot-2 and 230 lbs., dominated football as a running back for the Cleveland Browns back in the 1960s. And even at 82 years old, Brown is still a formidable force.
Appearing on "The JT The Brick Show" on Fox Sports Radio this week, Brown said he's supporting President Donald Trump in 2020. And he doesn't care what the "black community" thinks.
"I should be criticizing Trump on every level because he does certain things that call for criticism but when I look at television I see all these announcers become experts and they're pointing the fingers and they're not doing a doggone thing but pointing their fingers, I find myself really pulling for the president," Brown said.
"Now, that would make me very unpopular in the black community, very unpopular with a lot of Americans ... but I think that there are certain good things that are coming out of this presidency because we've never seen anything like it," Brown said, as reported by TMZ.
Brown said it's his duty as a good American. "I believe that I have to work on myself first to be as good a person as I could be to back up my country as best as I know how."
The NFL legend met with the president-elect in 2016 at Trump Tower to ask how he could best help the black community.
Several high-profile athletes — including NBA stars LeBron James and Stephen Curry — have ripped Trump, vowing not to go to the White House if invited. But other prominent blacks, especially rapper Kanye West, have praised the president.
"You don't have to agree with Trump but the mob can't make me not love him," West wrote on Twitter in April — setting off a firestorm. "We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don't agree with everything anyone does. That's what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought."