Russell Brand might not be everybody’s preferred cup of tea when it come to laughs, but the English comedian/actor seems like a decent enough guy and is a legit soccer fan. He’s never been shy to proclaim his affiliation to Premier League club West Ham United — who could forget when his then-wife Katy Perry dressed up in an Irons-inspired outfit?
Recently Brand won an undisclosed sum of money after suing The Sun newspaper for printing information that he cheated on his girlfriend, Jemima Khan. In a fitting gesture, he decided to donate some of that money to the Hillsborough Justice Campaign on the 25th anniversary of the tragedy.
Most Liverpool supporters have boycotted The Sun since it ran a headline, “The Truth” which put the blame for the deaths of 96 people at the 1989 FA Cup semifinal played at Hillsborough on the behavior of the fans. In the 25 years following the tragedy many of the victims families have sought justice, as outlined in the riveting 30 for 30 aired Tuesday night by ESPN. As you can see, some like Brand won’t even mention the paper by its full name.