Kudos to Grant Hill for Responding to Jalen Rose
ESPN has been pushing into their most recent body of work called, “The Fab Five,” a look at the Michigan basketball careers of Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Chris Webber, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson from 1991 to 1993.
The piece was broadcast for the first time Sunday night and in the show, Rose, the show’s executive producer, stated that Duke recruited only black players he considered to be “Uncle Toms.”
Well, if you're a college hoops fan and go back to the Fab Four days, you know that they faced the ageless Grant Hill (Phoenix Suns), a player on the Duke team that beat Michigan in the 1992 Final Four.
Today, Hill responded to Rose's comments with a well-written, educated and polite response that was stern, legitimate and probably one of the best retorts I've ever read.
You can check out Hill's entire response over at the New York Time's Quad Blog, but in essence, he wrote that Rose had no right to tarnish his reputation nor insult his family. In fact, Hill all about told Rose the shut the F up, but did so in a way that makes you want to stand up and applaud Hill for his response.
The best is the closing two paragraphs:
I caution my fabulous five friends to avoid stereotyping me and others they do not know in much the same way so many people stereotyped them back then for their appearance and swagger. I wish for you the restoration of the bond that made you friends, brothers and icons.
I am proud of my family. I am proud of my Duke championships and all my Duke teammates. And, I am proud I never lost a game against the Fab Five.That, my friends, is a response if I've ever read one myself. Or, as Charlie Sheen would say, that's "winning."