BET Awards include former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown very much in memory


The BET Awards paid tribute to Willie Brown, the former mayor of San Francisco, in a tribute to notable African Americans who died in the past year.

Sandwiched between pioneering actress Diahann Carroll and soul singer Bill Withers, a photo of “Willie Lewis Brown Jr.: Politician” appeared during the in memoriam segment of the show.

The producers of shows wanted to honor “Old Man Willie” Brown, who died in October at 78 years old. The Hall of Fame cornerback has played 16 seasons in the NFL, including 12 for the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders.

The error was corrected for replay immediately after broadcast.

Willie Brown Professional Football Hall of Fame in 2017.Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

The former mayor and president of the California Assembly is 86 years old and writes a weekly column for the San Francisco Chronicle. He wrote on Saturday that President Donald Trump’s political fortune was not his fault.

“These days, the show shows that Trump is fighting every turn,” wrote Brown.

Sarah Kaufman contributed.


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