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THE DIVISION BELLE? SPIKE TRIES TO DO RIGHT THING IN PROFILE
Published September 11, 1996
ALBERT BELLE was featured on HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel," in a piece directed by SPIKE LEE. Indians GM JOHN HART: "Albert has an image problem with the national media. Everything that Albert does is blown up. I think Albert also has an image problem within the game of baseball. ... In this era of political correctness, Albert is not baseball politically correct and it doesn't wash real well." Belle on his distrust of people, including the media: "If I don't trust someone, I'm definitely not going to open up and talk to them." In speaking on Belle afterward, Lee indicated they didn't discuss Belle's incident with HANNAH STORM in the World Series since Storm would not address this issue on camera (HBO, 9/11).