Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 6/21/12

NEW YORK - APRIL 22: Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown is interviewed on the red carpet during the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 25, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Jim Brown, the greatest running back in Cleveland Browns and arguably NFL history, has expressed on two occasions that he does not think highly of Trent Richardson, who was drafted third overall by the team in April.

Richardson finally responded to Brown’s criticism.

“He has his own thoughts. That’s him being him,” Richardson said earlier this month, according to ESPN’s Jamison Henley. “I have no problem with it. I just wish the best of luck for him whatever he’s doing in life.

“I laugh at the situation,” Richardson said. “You don’t know me from spic to span. But he’s Jim Brown. He’s done a lot here and I haven’t done anything yet. I have a lot to accomplish and big shoes to fill. When it comes down to it, I have to work and make sure I make him a believer. I haven’t done anything yet.”

Brown may not know Richardson, but he’s certainly entitled to evaluate him as a running back. The best thing for the Browns would be for Richardson to use the slights as motivation to dominate on the field. We already know Brown said he’d apologize if Richardson proves him wrong, so at least he’s pledging to be fair about the situation.

For the record, I lean more toward Brown’s evaluation of Richardson rather than Cleveland’s.

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