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Spike Lee Hopes Film Inspires Activism In Black Athletes

CLEVELAND (AP) - Filmmaker Spike Lee (pictured, right) said he hopes black athletes will see his new documentary "Jim Brown: All American" and be inspired to speak out against wrongdoing in society.

Athletes should follow the former NFL star's example and become activists in their communities, Lee said Saturday after the film had its premiere at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

"I would love for Jim to sit down with Michael Jordan, with Tiger Woods," Lee said.

The film includes interviews with dozens of people from Brown's life and explores the domestic abuse charges for which he served jail time.

The documentary also touches on Brown's activism, which can be traced to the 1960s in Cleveland, where he helped found the Negro Industrial Economic Union to assist black-owned businesses.

Brown, a former Cleveland Browns running back, said today's players are too blinded by lucrative contracts to care about what's going on in their communities.

"The money is so big," he said. "Most of these individuals have no concept of history, of who opened the door for them."

The film is scheduled to be broadcast on HBO in December.

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