Grant Hill: Can’t See Jalen Rose World Through Duke Blue-Devil Colored Glasses

Posted: March 16, 2011 in Athletes, Basketball, General
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So Jalen Rose goes on the ESPN documentary about the Fab Five and describes his feelings towards Duke, the type of black athletes they recruited and specifically mentioned Grant Hill. He called him a B!#$% and used the term “Uncle Tom.” BACK THEN.

He specifically mentioned how he felt towards Grant and that Duke only wanted those that came from wealthy, educated, mother-father families. That the Blue Devils would NEVER be interested in a young man from the hood or ghetto nor extend a helping or welcoming hand to the less fortunate. BACK THEN.

These were the comments of an 17 year old who emphatically stated that he was jealous of Grant because Jalen never even knew who his father was. BACK THEN.

Now Grant Hill has the gal and audacity to respond with a well-written, eloquently, Latin-laced, higher educated rhetoric diatribe. Really dude? Are you really that stuck on yourself and snobbish that still to this day 20 years later you can peer down your nose through Blue colored glasses and mock upon the comments of an 17 year old inner city raised child?

It just continues to add to the overwhelming profound opinion the majority of the public feels towards these Duke elitists. Hill repeatedly let everyone know what a wonderful and wealthy family he was raised by, with parents that were professional athletes and continue to be employed as educated professionals.

Rose was raised by a single mother in the low income areas near Detroit. Sorry Mr. Hill but you have no idea what it was like to be in shoes or how he felt, BACK THEN.

Jalen Rose entire narration of events, thoughts and feelings during the 1992 season of the Michigan basketball team was based upon what they did and felt, BACK THEN!

So I say once again, does it really make you feel that much better as a human being to argue with or debate the thoughts and feelings of an 17 year old inner city youth with your own feelings as a 38 year old grown man?

  1. mcampy says:

    from Bleacher report: Thank you Zach for your post/rebuttal and I appreciate the way you wrote it, backed up your thoughts with normal speaking level English and didn’t make yourself out to be better educated, come from a higher social status nor continue to propound how much better than you are. Your comments make me want to further discuss this issue rather than belittle me and my upbringing and make me feel insignificant, adding to my animosity. Do you see the point I’m getting at? I don’t disagree with Hill for defending his family, I disagree with the way he did it. Also Rose comments were directed towards the entire Duke system and its subjects while Grant personally attacked Jalen and continued to point out how much “better” he is than him. It’s that swarmy, pompous egomaniacal attitude that disgusted me. My srticle was written post-Hill pre-Rose rebuttal so I did not get chance to add-in what his thoughts were. Also if it really was such a horrible thing that Rose thought or continues to think, then why didn’t any other Duke players, administrators or even the main recruiter himself, Coach K defend their postition? I feel that Rose has been through alot more adversity in his life coming from worthlessness and elevating his life and family’s status to a higher standard and better education. The things that Hill were handed to him when he was born. Grant does not and can not know anything of what its like to feel the way Jalen did in his life growing up and shouldn’t try to diminish his feelings as a youth growing up. I did find this very well written article by Michael Wilbon of ESPN PTI that I thought was very well written. and defends Jalen’s thoughts of when he felt the way he did.

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