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Jalen Rose Never Liked Duke

“The Fab Five” debuts on ESPN this Sunday. (Why is it separate from the 30 For 30 series?) With clips being shown to drum up some publicity for the documentary, we get soundbites like ESPN’s Jalen Rose calling black kids at Duke in the 1990’s “Uncle Toms.”

“For me, Duke was personal. I hated Duke. And I hated everything I felt Duke stood for. Schools like Duke didn’t recruit players like me. I felt like they only recruited black players that were Uncle Toms.”

Rose clarified that it was how he felt as an 18-year-old. Even though he didn’t voice those words in front of a camera until recently.

“Well, certain schools recruit a typical kind of player whether the world admits it or not. And Duke is one of those schools,” he said. “They recruit black players from polished families, accomplished families. And that’s fine. That’s okay. But when you’re an inner-city kid playing in a public school league, you know that certain schools aren’t going to recruit you. That’s one. And I’m okay with it. That’s how I felt as an 18-year-old kid.”

Don’t worry, Jalen. Lots of people hate Duke.

As for the documentary, its more than a little disappointing that Chris Webber declined participating. Not only was he the biggest star, but he also has become a great NBA commenter. What’s really amazing is that we’re still talking about these players and games that don’t exist. Heck, I’ve already forgotten who Terrelle Pryor is.

[SportsGrid, Image via Getty]

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