LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - He's a football legend.
Willie Brown is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He's spent nearly 40 years with the Oakland Raiders organization as a player, coach, and now a member of the front office. Brown is currently the Raiders Director of Player Development.
Brown is holding his annual football camp in DeRidder on July 9th and 10th. It will be at DeRidder High School. Before his camp began, Brown talked to 7Sports about the arrest of former LSU and Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell.
"I was very, very much upset about it because knowing JaMarcus the last three years he's been with us we've been monitoring and watching him," Brown said. "I was surprised a thing like that happened. But it goes to show you, you've just got to watch yourself, no matter who you are or what you are. It doesn't matter how big your name may be but when you're in the National Football League, that's big."
The Raiders posted a statement on their team's website on July 7th saying they tried to help Russell with a "myriad" of issues. I asked Brown what those issues were.
"I really can't say what all of those issues are because I haven't been there for the last two or three weeks," Brown said. "I've been on vacation so we tried to do everything possible to try and help him out."
"It's unfortunate that happened to him," Brown said. "I'm sorry that it did happen to him because I like JaMarcus. JaMarcus is a good person. Hopefully, he gets himself together."