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Jim Brown Latest To Hammer NCAA

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Hall of Fame back Jim Brown shoveled some harsh words in the direction of the NCAA on Saturday at the Hall of Fame Fan Fest, calling it "the most reprehensible organization God ever created." Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images.
Hall of Fame back Jim Brown shoveled some harsh words in the direction of the NCAA on Saturday at the Hall of Fame Fan Fest, calling it "the most reprehensible organization God ever created." Photo by Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images.

Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown never has shied away from sharing his opinion on social issues, controversial or not.

In this case, though, he's part of the crowd (mob?).

During a roundtable discussion Saturday at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Fan Fest, Brown sat next to Barry Sanders, Harry Carson and host Larry King. A fan asked Brown why players who suffer severe or career-ending injuries while playing college football do not get compensated.

"The NCAA is probably the most reprehensible organization God ever created," Brown said, according to ESPN. "Total exploitation. The kind of money they make, the kind of life they live, it's embarrassing."

Brown went on to accuse the NCAA of something totally revolutionary (we kid): hypocrisy. The organization long has hid behind the guise of academics and helping young people, Brown said.

"I'm totally for change and total change," Brown said. "And I think that body needs to be torn apart and put back together with everybody's best interests in mind."

After the roundtable, ESPN's reporter asked Brown about the comments, which he classified as intentionally harsh.

One lesson the NCAA apparently can teach young people is how to have thick skin. They've gotten repeatedly shelled in the last several years by all of football's biggest names without any sort of overly emotional response or regret.

At this point, it's almost too easy of a target.