*On a Chicago sports radio show, Duke University coach Mike Krzyzewski (pronounced “Sha-shef-ski”) has come out swinging at the critical remarks made by Jalen Rose about the school in an ESPN documentary. Krzyzewski says the comments were “very insulting to everyone here at Duke.”
In his ESPN Films documentary, “The Fab Five,” Rose said African American basketball players recruited by Duke in the early 90s were “Uncle Toms.”
In the documentary that aired March 13, Rose – an ESPN analyst and executive producer of the film – said:
“I hated Duke and I hated everything Duke stood for. Schools like Duke didn’t recruit players like me. I felt like they only recruited black players that were Uncle Toms.”
“Obviously, that was a poor choice of words and very insulting to everyone here at Duke but especially, not just our African-American players, but any African-American students,” Krzyzewski said on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000 in Chicago Tuesday. “When you judge within a race, you start judging, like you put categories as to who you are. I think that’s just the wrong thing to do.”
Krzyzewski also revealed that one of the Fab Five could have ended up at Duke.
“We were very successful against them and, to be quite frank with you, we recruited Chris Webber,” he said. “I didn’t recruit Jalen Rose because we had Grant Hill and I’m happy with that. We didn’t look at the other, Juwan Howard [because] we knew he wasn’t going to come to Duke. The other two kids we didn’t think were the caliber that could play as well as Thomas Hill and Brian Davis and Billy McCaffery. They’re good kids. They were good kids.”
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