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Brand: Jalen Rose made 'ignorant' Duke comments

Posted on: March 17, 2011 3:59 pm
 
Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brandon calls Jalen Rose's comments about Duke "ignorant". Posted by Ben Golliver. elton-brand-duke

As noted on Wednesday, Jalen Rose and his former University of Michigan teammates made some disparaging comments about Duke University and its African-American plays in a recent documentary about the Fab 5. Rose, who was speaking about his feelings at the time he was in college, referred to Grant Hill and Duke's other black players as "Uncle Toms" and Rose's teammate, Jimmy King, called Hill a "bitch." 

Hill responded in a New York Times editorial saying that the comments were "sad and somewhat pathetic."

Hill's fellow former Dukie, Elton Brand of the Philadelphia 76ers, also responded on Wednesday, telling Philly.com that he thought Rose's comments were "ignorant."
"You know, I just know that it sounded kind of ignorant, but at that time he's 17 years old, that's how a lot of young adults are. I know people from where I was from felt the same way, you know? But I knew it wasn't true and guys using those words are kind of harsh: sellout or Uncle Tom. Just because their parents stay together or worked hard? That doesn't make sense."
"It was a difference in cultures. Duke was a prestigious school and Michigan, well it's pretty academically sound itself, so, you know what I mean? But I think that was just the rivalry, he might have said that on the court to those guys and he definitely felt that way and if that's his opinion, then that's how he felt."
CBSSports.com's Ken Berger pointed out nicely that the one failing of Hill's editorial was to distinguish between Rose's thoughts as a 17-year-old kid and Rose's comments as an adult. Indeed, Rose took to Twitter on Wednesday to write, "For those MOANING about how something or someone was portrayed in the doc note that it was FRAMED from 1991-1993 not 2011, quit crying."

Unlike Hill's editorial, Brand's comments show that he understands that Rose was speaking about the past, not the present. That's certainly helpful in bridging what has become a contentious debate when it probably shouldn't have been that big of a deal.
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Since: Mar 21, 2011
Posted on: March 21, 2011 6:30 am
 

Brand: Jalen Rose made 'ignorant' Duke comments

Cheating?  At what?  So many teams yet so few participants in NCAA.  Everyone cannot win a game so Duke and Michigan have often provided well played games.  Duke almost let the Wolverine whiz players get them but it did not happen.  Michigan will be back and so will Duke. 



Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: March 21, 2011 1:36 am
 

Brand: Jalen Rose made 'ignorant' Duke comments

What was sad about the Fab 5 presentation was that they made those comments in 2010 during the filming and thought they were keeping it real. Yes they made the finals but they came away as LOSERS for a third time in my opinion. This loss of respect will last longer than any of the games. "Street cred" is that important for guys almost 40 years old? You gotta be kidding.



Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: March 20, 2011 11:33 pm
 

Brand: Jalen Rose made 'ignorant' Duke comments

Just so you know they made it to 2 National Championship games..  not one, please just state the facts and not more ignorant statements



Since: Mar 20, 2011
Posted on: March 20, 2011 10:35 pm
 

Brand: Jalen Rose made 'ignorant' Duke comments

What Jalen Rose has not done yet: Say, definitively, that he doesn't believe now that those black Duke players were "Uncle Toms." He edges around it, but doesn't come out and say it.  And since it was HIS documentary, he certainly could have said it in the show. If a man calls you something and doesn't mean it anymore, then it's the manly thing to say that.  



Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: March 20, 2011 8:08 pm
 

Brand: Jalen Rose made 'ignorant' Duke comments

Until Juwan Howard wins one with the Heat lol.



Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: March 20, 2011 5:09 pm
 

Brand: Jalen Rose made 'ignorant' Duke comments

Win Something and pop off.  No NBA title either for any of these clowns.



Since: Jan 21, 2011
Posted on: March 20, 2011 4:07 pm
 

Brand: Jalen Rose made 'ignorant' Duke comments

MArkram- they made it to 2 final fours and 1 championship game....? how did they no reach there potential...and 4 of them got drafted in the pros....??? i dont get what your saying or your just hating cause your a wisconsin fan...?



Since: Aug 31, 2009
Posted on: March 20, 2011 1:52 pm
 

Brand: Jalen Rose made 'ignorant' Duke comments

Jimmy king and ray jackson were a couple of average joe's. It should have been called the cheatin 3



Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: March 18, 2011 10:24 pm
 

Brand: Jalen Rose made 'ignorant' Duke comments

If you watch the whole thing, it is apparent that Jalen Rose doesn't feel that way today. He was relating the thought process of an 18 year old kid from the projects who grew up in a one parent household. Who would want to be held to every statement they made at that age? This is a documentary, and it depends on the creation of conflict and tension to sustain interest. By creating an Us vs. Them, or poor kids vs rich kids scenario, the filmmaker is just employing age-old documentary techniques. I'm no Michigan fan (they bounced my Temple Owls out of the tourney twice), but the Fab Four that spoke on camera represented themselves well. 


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