Brown: They should leave if they have the ability. They should get the money and then they should get their education along with their playing. You can do both. You don't have to wait.
SI: You mentioned that you'd love to see a young athlete call together 100 other young black athletes and try to focus on improving black America. Why don't you do it?
Brown: Because I don't have the power to do it. To do this right, it would take a modern athlete at the height of his popularity and power to really pull people together. When I had the power of being the Number 1 guy, I used that power to make things happen. If I approached Michael today, he'd look at me like I'm an old has-been football player. All I can be anymore is a doer of good deeds and a builder of bridges.
SI: Given the several charges of violence that have been leveled against you in the past, do you have a problem with women?
Brown: I can definitely get angry, and I have taken that anger out inappropriately in the past. But I have done so with both men and women. So do I have a problem with women? No. I have had anger, and I'll probably continue to have anger. I just have to not strike out at anyone ever again. I have to be smarter than that, smarter than I was. What I would say is that with wisdom, I will only use my mentality or my spirit aggressively. I will never use my hands [that way] again.
SI: Where did you get that wisdom?
Brown: Over recent years, as I've understood what power really is and what dedication really is. The power is between your ears. The power is in your heart. It is up to God to take revenge. Only God can judge. I don't have to worry about getting even with anybody or taking out any kind of aggression on anybody. Doing that is a weakness anyway.
SI: What is the purpose of your fasting?
Brown: It is not a hunger strike, as some have said. It is a spiritual fast. Just water. I've lost 22 pounds. It is strictly a mental thing. This reminds me and the people here that I am still in control of me.
SI: How do you feel about the fact they've put you in administrative segregation and keep you in your cell 23 hours a day?