Published On: Mon, Jun 29th, 2020

BET Awards includes the very much alive former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown in memorial


The BET Awards paid tribute to Willie Brown, the very much alive former mayor of San Francisco, during the show’s tribute Sunday night to notable African Americans who have died in the past year.

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

Show producers almost certainly wanted to honor “Old Man Willie” Brown, who died in October at 78.

The Hall of Fame cornerback, who played 16 seasons in the NFL, 12 of them for the Raiders in Oakland and Los Angeles, died in October.

Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Brown in 2017.

Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

The former mayor and California Assembly speaker is 86 and writes a weekly column for the San Francisco Chronicle. He wrote Saturday that President Donald Trump’s spiraling political fortunes are no one’s fault but his.

“These days, the show is Trump beating himself up at every turn,” Brown wrote.

Sarah Kaufman contributed.



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