March 24, 2002 |
An infomercial is an infomercial, but it can be a fascinating infomercial. "Jim Brown: All-American" is that kind of film production because it is about one of the most compelling athletes of all time and one of the most debatable. As an athlete, Brown was much more than the greatest running back of all time. As an individual, his insights and efforts toward boosting the black community remain beyond the ambition of all but a few black athletes.
September 24, 1991 |
The city lights twinkle far below Jim Brown's Hollywood Hills home, steam rises from his heated swimming pool and the boys from the 'hood sit in his mirror-paneled living room awaiting their weekly dose of self-esteem. They come from Watts, Compton, Willowbrook and Carson, most of them former Crips and Bloods with long prison records, racy monikers and fading tattoos.
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January 6, 2000 |
A judge said she had no other choice but to sentence football great Jim Brown to six months in jail Wednesday when he refused to attend domestic violence counseling for smashing his wife's car with a shovel during a fight last summer. At a sometimes tense hearing in Hollywood Municipal Court, a lawyer for the 63-year-old NFL Hall of Famer and movie actor said Brown was refusing counseling, as well as other probation conditions, because the sentence was unconstitutional and dehumanizing.
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August 28, 1999 |
Football legend Jim Brown, facing charges of spousal abuse, has attacked his 25-year-old wife on at least two occasions and threatened to kill her, a prosecutor told a Hollywood Municipal Court jury Friday. Deputy City Atty. Grace Kim Lee said in her opening statement that Monique Brown told police her marriage had a history of violence.
January 19, 1985
Former Pittsburgh Steeler running back Franco Harris defeated former Cleveland Brown running back Jim Brown in the 40-yard dash Friday to win a two-day competition. The televised contest, called "I Challenge You," evolved from Brown saying on national television last year that he could beat Harris in the dash. Harris, 34, was clocked in 5.16 seconds. Hampered by a hamstring injury, Brown, 48, finished in 5.72 seconds.
October 29, 1999
What five athletes did their final season: Sandy Koufax: Won 27 games (1966) Jim Brown: Rushed for 1,544 yards (1965) Bobby Jones: Won golf's recognized Grand Slam (1930) Mario Lemieux: Led NHL in scoring (1996-97) Reggie White: Led NFL in sacks (1998) Source: World Features Syndicate