Report: Daughter of NFL Legend Jim Brown Petitions Court to Invalidate His Will, Claims CTE and His Wife’s ‘Undue Influence’ Affected His Judgment When He Signed It

Kimberly Brown, one of the eight children of NFL legend, activist and actor Jim Brown, reportedly is seeking to have Brown’s will and trust invalidated, as she claims he was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) at the time of his death. 

Jim Brown (Photo: IMDB,

The Blast reports Jim Brown executed a trust and will in 2016. He and his wife, Monique Brown, signed the documents. Brown made his wife the sole executor of his estate, the report claims. 

Brown’s portfolio included a $7.5 million Los Angeles mansion along with cars, jewelry copyrights, trademarks, furnishings, and art. Following his death, the home was transferred to his wife. 

Kimberly Brown argued that her father’s CTE allowed her stepmother to have “undue influence” and him to lack “capacity” as he was planning his estate. CTE, which is brought on by violent impacts to the head, is a degenerative brain disease that causes dementia. His daughter reportedly is claiming the repeated head impacts her father sustained in his career as a football player left him with the condition. Many former football players have been diagnosed with the condition, but such a diagnosis cannot be confirmed until the brain is examined after death.

Within the year that Brown signed his will and trust, his daughter claims she noticed his mental state was declining, she told reportedly told the court. According to RadarOnline, it Kimberly Brown noticed that her father was having problems with remembering specific events and had challenges. 

Kimberly alleges that her father was not in his right mind when he signed the will. She believes that as a result, his will should be voided since he was experiencing cognitive decline, dementia, and Parkinson’s disease, all caused by CTE. Her request to void the will and trust is because she believes it was “procured as a result of undue influence.” She also wants to undo the transfer deed for her father’s home in Los Angeles.  

Reviewing Brown’s Net Worth

At the time of his death in May 2023, Brown, a professional football player and actor, had a net worth of $30 million, Celebrity Net Worth claims.

Brown, after standout college career as an All-American in football and lacrosse at Syracuse, was selected with the No. 6 pick in the 1957 NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns. The bruising running back gained 12,312 yards over nine seasons with the Browns, and was named MVP three times. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971 and remains the only player to average more than 100 yards rushing per game for his career. 

Known for his civil rights and Black empowerment activism both during and after his NFL tenure, after his retirement from football Brown pursued an acting career and became known as Hollywood’s first Black action star. Brown had roles in movies such as “The Dirty Dozen,” “I, Spy,” “The A-Team,” “Chips,” and “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka.”

On Sept. 10, the Cleveland Browns honored the Hall of Famer in their season opener against the Bengals. As the Browns ran out of the tunnel to take the field, player Nick Chubb stood at the front of the team, holding a No. 32 Jim Brown flag.

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