If you grew up in the ’90’s you’re probably familiar with college basketball’s Fab Five, Michigan’s 1991 recruiting class which included Jalen Rose, Jimmy King, Ray Jackson, Chris Webber and Juwan Howard. Rose, King and Jackson appeared on ESPN’s “First Take” Tuesday to discuss their ” 30 for 30″ documentary on the Fab Five that will air on Sunday.
About midway through the “First Take” segment, they played a clip from the documentary in which Rose says:
“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.”
Asked about the comment, Rose elaborated:
“Well, certain schools recruit a typical kind of player whether the world admits it or not. And Duke is one of those schools. 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.”
A lot of folks are calling Jalen and his teammates bitter but we actually tend to agree that Duke loves an uppity negro. Calling Grant Hill an “Uncle Tom” ain’t right, but we get it. Duke Basketball is the kind of place where you have to pass a paper bag test, be a bougie black kid with an NBA Daddy or sleep with a white girl to get on the court.