From Black Voices — On Sunday, ESPN aired its documentary, The Fab Five, a film that digs into the background of Michigan basketball team from 1991 to 1993 and its star players Jalen Rose (pictured above left), Juwan Howard, Chris Webber, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson. In the documentary, the players expressed their disdain for Duke University and their basketball program back in 1991.

These teenagers thought of Duke as a school for Uncle Toms, they thought former Duke Blue Devil and current Phoenix Suns player Grant Hill (pictured above right) was a bi**h and felt slighted that they weren’t the type of players that Duke would ever want on their team. And they resented that.

But in an opinion column written by Grant Hill and published by the New York Times, Hill admits to being disappointed by the comments towards him and his Duke teammates in the documentary.

“It was a sad and somewhat pathetic turn of events, therefore, to see friends narrating this interesting documentary about their moment in time and calling me a bitch and worse, calling all black players at Duke ‘Uncle Toms’ and, to some degree, disparaging my parents for their education, work ethic and commitment to each other and to me,” Hill said in the op-ed. “I should have guessed there was something regrettable in the documentary when I received a Twitter apology from Jalen before its premiere. I am aware Jalen has gone to some length to explain his remarks about my family in numerous interviews, so I believe he has some admiration for them.

“In his garbled but sweeping comment that Duke recruits only ‘black players that were ‘Uncle Toms,” Jalen seems to change the usual meaning of those very vitriolic words into his own meaning, i.e., blacks from two-parent, middle-class families. He leaves us all guessing exactly what he believes today.”

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  • boho.barbie

    This is why the Fab Five’s significance transcends sports and becomes cultural. Jalen was being honest about his feelings about Hill and Duke in the past, which were the same sentiments many African American felt about Duke,and still feel to this day. Jalen also clearly said he was bitter because he didn’t have the privileges and functioning family Grant had and he thought Grant was a b*t*h until he played him and realized he was tough. I think Grant Hill is whining and is trying to be seen! Jalen’s comments didn’t seem hostile or hurtful to me, he was just reminiscing about a certain time in his life and people are just upset because he’s explaining the perspective of a young AA man from the inner city, fatherless, growing up in the late 80s, early 90’s!