Chris Webber and Jalen Rose were members of one of the most iconic college basketball teams ever, while playing for the University of Michigan, as 2/3 of the Fab Five.
Webber of course will never live down the moment when he called a timeout that the team didn’t have in the 1993 final four. Jalen Rose produced an ESPN 30 for 30 film on the subject, and Weber was the only member of the group that didn’t participate in the film.
Webber – a current TNT NBA analyst- revealed on The Dan Patrick Show Wednesday his problem with the film, and Rose, who he said has gone “Hollywood”:
I love the guys, but I just think there was so much missed there. I think it was OK, except … I think it was … it looked like … it looked like, you know, what happens, a lot of people, after they retire or when they’re looking for a job or when they want to be relevant, they go back in time and kind of make sure their importance is really known.
My thing is it’s always been about us five. So when one guy has a million highlights of himself, as if he was the leading scorer and all the stories are like embellished, it’s just a little hard for me. But I think it was entertaining, there was a lot of truth in it. I think it was definitely good, it was OK. …
I made an agreement when I joined the Fab Five not to be above the group. I have stayed consistently as a member, no one’s above the other. It’s just disheartening when you pay attention to those rules for 20-plus years, and somebody wants to be Hollywood and make it about them.
Webber says he wasn’t asked to participate in the documentary until a week before filming was finished. Rose fired back in an e-mail to Larry Brown Sports, and let loose on Webber:
“One dude traveled then called timeout. One dude lied to grand jury and hasn’t apologized. One dude tried to circumvent the documentary to HBO. One dude ignored multiple requests from everyone involved after agreeing to participate. One dude played like (President) Obama and sat in a suite during Michigan’s recent title game. One dude slandered Ed Martin after all he did for him and his family. One dude is not in contact with the other four (which is all good). One dude has been doing a rebuttal doc for four years. One dude clearly is delusional and still in denial,”
Rose has been critical of Webber over the last few years for his refusal to apologize for the booster scandal.
The Fab Five were forced to vacate their Final Four appearances and wins, after it was discovered that some of their players – including CWebb- accepted money from booster Ed Martin, who died in 2003. Webber took over $200,000, and was called to testify before a grand jury. Webber initially lied, and was convicted of perjury.
Can’t we all just get along.