NFL legend Jim Brown died on Thursday at the age of 87, according to his family.
As per the statement released on social media, the former Cleveland Browns player passed away quietly at his Los Angeles home.
The fullback for the Browns, Jim Brown, was hailed as one of the best players in the annals of professional football. He remained well-known in the public eye as a sports legend and civil rights crusader, however, his reputation was later tainted by allegations of violent behavior against women.
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At a period when powerful men like athletes, entertainers, and politicians were typically not held liable for alleged crimes against women, Jim was detained more than half a dozen times, most often after women accused him of acting violently.
Brown was never found guilty of a serious offense. His accusers declined to testify in some cases, while juries cleared him in others.
In September 1959, Brown wed Sue Brown, his first wife. In 1968, she filed for divorce, accusing him of “gross neglect.” They had three kids together: twins in 1960 and a son in 1962. After the divorce, Brown was mandated to pay $100 per week in child support and $2,500 per month in alimony.
Brown was detained in his hotel room in 1965 after being accused of assault and violence on Brenda Ayres, an 18-year-old. He battled paternity claims that he was the father of Brenda Ayres’ child a year later.
In 1968, when model Eva Bohn-Chin was discovered semi-conscious under the balcony of Brown’s second-floor flat, he was charged with assault with the intent to kill.
Brown proposed to Clark College student Diane Stanley, 18, in December 1973 after the two had first met in Acapulco, Mexico, in April of that year. However, in 1974, they called off their engagement. Brown was found guilty of misdemeanor violence in 1975 for hitting and strangling Frank Snow, his golfing companion. He received a one-day jail term, two years of probation, and a $500 fine as punishment.
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Brown was accused of raping a 33-year-old woman in 1985. The accusations were later dropped.
Brown was detained in 1986 after being accused of hitting his fiancée Debra Clark. But because Clark chose not to file a complaint, Brown was freed.
In 1997, Brown wed Monique, his second wife; the couple had two kids. Brown was detained and accused of threatening and abusing his wife in 1999. Later that year, he was convicted of vandalism for using a shovel to wreck his wife’s car.
Later, Monique said that she had falsely accused Brown because she thought he was cheating on her by seeing his lover.