Former Duke star Grant Hill fires back at Jalen Rose
By RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency
TORONTO - Grant Hill has fired back. Better late than never.
Hill, the former Duke star who is still playing in the NBA for the Phoenix Suns, wrote a column in Wednesday’s New York Times responding to comments made by ex-Raptor Jalen Rose in a recent documentary.
Hill called the comments on ESPN’s 30 for 30 Fab Five piece “sad and somewhat pathetic” and said they were “insulting and ignorant.”
Rose said he hated Duke and everything it stood for when he was a member of the Fab Five while at Michigan and more insultingly said black Duke players were “Uncle Toms.”
Rose intoned that he and his teammates looked down on black players who came from stable, two-parent homes, unlike their own hardscrabble upbringings.
Rose has said that’s how he felt at the time, but hasn’t come out and denied he doesn’t feel that way at all now.
Hill continued: “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 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.”
Zing. Duke beat Michigan four times while Hill was at the school.