In 1991 the Fab 5 took the basketball world by storm with not only their talent, but their brash, unapologetic and rebellious urban flavor. But scandal left the once electric group of basketball players marred for the last 20 years.
In a recent interview, Jalen Rose spoke about Fab 5 member Chris Webber, who was noticeably missing from the popular 30 for 30 documentary on the group, saying that he needs to apologize to his teammates and the university for what happened.
How do you feel about the new Fab Five documentary Chris Webber is going to do?
JR: It’s not a legitimate documentary if the other four guys don’t participate.
Nobody asked you to participate?
JR: I haven’t heard anything about it except from the media. And the other four of us, when you look at the national championship game, we’re together. When you watch my Fab Five documentary, we’re together. So about his project coming, best of love and can’t wait to see what happens.
When was the last time you spoke with Chris Webber?
JR: I heard through mutual friends that he’s upset that I said that I feel like he should have come out and apologize for some transgressions that happened at the University of Michigan. But I still stand behind that. Also I’m disappointed how the relationship with [Michigan booster] Ed Martin ended. Ed, unfortunately, in my opinion basically died of a broken heart. So while we’re still brothers and I hope that we’re going to make amends … One of the great things of being teammates and friends is we should be able to speak openly and honestly. And hopefully he finds a way to realize and apologize about what happened in Michigan. It ain’t just about you. It’s about the players, it’s about the coach. Steve Fisher coached in three finals and won a championship in Michigan. You go in that campus, his name is nowhere. So it’s bigger than just him. And the fans deserve it, the history of the University of Michigan deserves it. And all he had to do is say two words. It’s not brain surgery. They are ‘I’m sorry.’
It’s sad that after all these years there’s still beef between these men who had such a great impact on the world of college and professional basketball. It would be great to see them bury the hatchet.
H/T: CBS Sports