Jalen Rose On Chris Webber’s Awkward Interview With Doug Gottlieb
Chris Webber's rocky relationship with his former Michigan teammates has been well-documented. Literally. In 2011, ESPN produced a "30 For 30" documentary about the team's iconic early nineties NCAA Tournament runs, which suspiciously omitted Webber, who went on "The Dan Patrick Show" and publically called out Jalen Rose for being intentionally controversial about the group's infamous scandal in order to further his career in media.
Here's what Webber told Dan Patrick...
"I love the guys, but I think there’s just so much missed in there, but I think it was okay, except-- I think it was-- It looked like-- It looked like-- You know, what happens? A lot of people, after they retire or when they're looking for a job or when they want to be relevant, they go back in time and kind of make sure their importance is really known."
"My thing is it's always been about us five. And so when one guy has a million highlights of himself, as if he was the leading scorer when like the all the stories are like embellished, it's just a little hard for me. But I think it was entertaining, there was a lot of truth in it. And I think it was definitely good, it was okay. Yeah it was good."
"I made an agreement when I joined the Fab Five not to be above the group ... It's just disheartening when you pay attention to those rules for 20-plus years, and somebody wants to be Hollywood and make it about them."
"No one ever loved the Fab Five, so why would you use us to tell stories to get that fake love now?"
"I was disheartened by whatever someone is trying to create our legacy, you know cause that’s not the legacy. Don’t try to go back and act like you were smart and a martyr and all this, don’t do that. Just tell the story."
Rose responded with some pretty damning criticism of his own in an interview with Larry Brown Sports, accusing Webber of being above the fraternity that was and continues to be The Fab Five.
One dude traveled then called timeout. One dude lied to grand jury and hasn’t apologized. One dude tried to circumvent the documentary to HBO. One dude ignored multiple requests from everyone involved after agreeing to participate. One dude played like (President) Obama and sat in a suite during Michigan’s recent title game. One dude slandered Ed Martin after all he did for him and his family. One dude is not in contact with the other four (which is all good). One dude has been doing a rebuttal doc for four years. One dude clearly is delusional and still in denial ... Congrats on your amazing success! Respect had no price. Man up.
Last week, Webber appeared on Doug Gottlieb's CBS radio show to talk about his professorship at Wake Forest, only to be caught off guard by a question about his relationship with Rose. Instead of brushing it off with a simple "It's fine but I'm really talk about that," Webber quickly became noticeably upset, refusing to answer, instead opting to lecture Gottlieb on the ethics of springing a loaded question on a guest. You can watch that trainwreck, here.
Today, Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch posted an hour-long interview with Rose, who offered a lengthy summation of their beef.
DEITSCH: "There's an interest in your relationship I think because how big the Fab Five was. Do you have any reaction when you found out about that interview and the fact that Chris even refuses to address it in a public forum?"
ROSE: "Yes. We were doing the Jalen and Jacoby radio show around 5:30 Pacific when the clip eventually got sent around, and so I got a chance to watch it. It's really just unfortunate because, as I've said and I'll say until I'm blue in the face, that's my brother, I love him, we've been friends since we were 12-and-under AAU. We decided we were gonna go to college in the same living room. We played at the University of Michigan together and created a brotherhood that will never be broken. But it's really unfortunate to see your favorite groups break up. Like, I didn't want to see New Edition break up. I hated Johnny Gibb because he took Bobby Brown's place and I never even met him. I didn't like when EPMD broke up, I didn't like when the Jackson 5 broke up. So the public doesn't like to see one of their favorite groups break up, in theory. But we're not broken up. The term "former members of The Fab Five" -- we are The Fab Five. We're not "former." And I do think, however, the faction that takes place not only with me, but the four other members: Juwan Howard, Jimmy King, Ray Jackson. When I speak, it's not just about my personal relationship with [Chris Webber], I'm talking for people who are no longer here anymore like, Ed Martin. People who're no longer at Michigan anymore like Steve Fisher. People who never played an NBA game like Ray Jackson. I do think we will see eye-to-eye and be on the same page one day. I truly hope so because we deserve it as brothers. We're not just former teammates, we're brothers, and you can't break up with family."
DEITSCH: "You know, Chris has become, I think, a really terrific broadcaster. I like watching him both on a game and in the studio. Did you see that at all when you were in college? Could you have envisioned him going into broadcasting as you did?"
ROSE: "Yes I did. He was always articulate. He was always first. He always had the ability to function in any situation -- the city or the suburbs -- and going to Detroit Country Day was probably the best decision he (and his mom) has ever made in his life because it's a wonderful school. So I saw it for him, but I'm sure the world didn't see it for me. My plan was whatever they saw in him, I wanted to be a person that people believed in also. There were rumors when we came to Michigan. "Chris came from Detroit Country Day. Jalen, are you actually going to compete academically at Michigan? What position was he gonna play?" He was always polished and disciplined. He was the number one pick in the draft, he was the team's best player, has a great smile -- I agree with you, he's killing it on TV. That's why I don't see why he doesn't choose to let go of past transgressions for the greater good of the group. Yes, he's gone on and is doing amazing things, but doesn't Ray Jackson deserve an opportunity to take his kids back to Ann Arbor and see the fruits of his labor in the rafters? And if all you gotta do is say you're sorry? Even if you don't mean it? I'm the person that would do it."
Dietsch asks him about Gottlieb's painfully awkward interview around the 36-minute mark, below.
[Via Sports Illustrated]
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