Retired NFL players Ray Lewis and Jim Brown visited Trump Tower Tuesday to meet with President-elect Donald Trump. They were invited to discuss issues affecting the African-American community.
“We couldn’t have had a better meeting,” the 80-year-old Brown gushed afterward. “The graciousness, the intelligence, the reception we got was fantastic.” Brown along with Cleveland pastor Darrell Scott strolled into the lobby before noon. Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis arrived minutes after. Scott talked about his program to educate and assist impoverished youth with Trump.
“We talked about marrying or merging the Amer-I-Can program with the Trump administration to make America great again,” said Scott, a Trump loyalist. “Rather than going out and inventing a vehicle to enhance the African-American community we have a vehicle in place that we need the country to get behind so we can affect positive change in our communities.”
“We talked about what entrepreneurship really looks like from the individuals themselves,” said Lewis, 41, who also works with Amer-I-Can. “The bottom line is job creation and economic development in these urban areas to change the whole scheme of what our kids see … he’s wide open to really helping us change what hasn’t been changed.”
Former Apprentice star Omarosa Manigault, who serves as Trump’s director of African-American outreach, guided the notable figures through the meetings.
Both Lewis and Brown have questionable and controversial backgrounds. Brown, a Hall of Fame inductee and former running back for the Cleveland Browns, has been arrested numerous times for sexual abuse and assault. Meanwhile, Lewis was notoriously charged with the fatal stabbing of two people outside an Atlanta Super Bowl party in 2000, though was not imprisoned for murder due to a plea deal.
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