As you know via our report yesterday, Chris Brown has made the healthy choice to go to rehab for anger management. Celebrities, fans and the indifferent were happy to see Brown take the step to receive the help he needs. Interestingly enough, Don Lemon, who usually serves up large amounts of criticism, took on the “big brother” role regarding Brown’s choice while on the Tom Joyner morning show.
With empathy, The 47 year old CNN journalist stated to the radio talk show host:
“( I feel) Conflicted because he’s a celebrity, and I know it’s easy to make him out to be the poster child for bad behavior, especially for bad behavior among young black men because he’s a young black man.”
Lemon continued to say Brown is not the only celebrity who makes headlines for bad behavior but he is profiled more often because of the domestic violence incident that occurred with Rihanna in 2009. The series of other violent events Brown was a part of afterward certrainly didn’t help either. Black Voices lists those occurrences as such: “the Good Morning America dressing room incident; the Drake entourage altercation; the Frank Ocean altercation; the hit and run in Los Angeles and now this latest arrest in Washington, DC.”
“Okay Chris, and I mean this with all honesty and with the best of intentions. I’ve been 24-years-old before and felt invincible; that fades over time and with age comes wisdom and you realize that not everyone talking in your ear has your best interest at heart. Most of the people you think are your closest friends or closest to you: your boys, your fellas; they don’t give a damn about you. When you go to jail, you go to jail alone. You don’t know me from Adam but if I can offer you a bit of advice from one man to another, one black man to another.”
We have to say we agree with his comments and it was also nice to see a more down-to-earth side of Lemon. Listen to Lemon’s full comments here. Do you think his remarks were genuine?