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Woods addresses Jim Brown's criticism

By Marla Ridenour Published: July 1, 2009

Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown ripped Tiger Woods for his lack of social activism in a recent interview on HBO's Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel.

During a profile of Brown and Bill Russell, Brown praised the attitude of the world's No. 1-ranked golfer on the course, but not his work off it.

''You know what's so interesting about Tiger to me?" Brown said, according to an Internet report. "He is a killer, he will run over you, he will kick your ass. But as an individual for social change? Terrible. Terrible. Because he can get away with teaching kids to play golf, and that's his contribution. In the real world, I can't teach kids to play golf and that's my contribution, if I've got that kind of power."

On Tuesday, Woods defended himself at a press conference for the tournament he sponsors, the AT&T National, at Congressional Golf Club in Bethesda, Md. He said the Tiger Woods Foundation has helped about 10 million children, many at his learning center in Anaheim, Calif. He hopes to build another in the Washington, D.C. area.

''I think I do a pretty good job as it is what we're trying to do with the foundation,'' Woods said, responding to Brown's remarks. ''We have this event, the Chevron World Challenge, our Jam in Vegas and our Block Party in Orange County, how many kids we've helped. What we're trying to do not just here in United States, but what my mom's doing in Thailand, all these different things that we've done.

''I want to not just do it, but do it right. And that takes time, and you have to understand, you just don't jump into something. You want to have a plan, and I think what we've done so far has been very good, very efficient and it's helped a lot of kids, and taught a lot of kids how to get back and learn, learn how to lead, learn how to give back. Learn how to teach others, have confidence in themselves to be able to do all these different things, and have these attributes going forward. That takes time. And I think we've done it right.''


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