Jalen Rose said in the Fab 5 documentary that he felt when he was 18 and in college that black players that went to Duke were "Uncle Toms". He was expressing what he thought at that time and now people are taking it and running with it. The latest example is Grant Hill. Hill penned a letter to the New York Times saying that he wonders if Rose still feels this way and that his comments were somewhat sad and pathetic. Well, I think its time for Grant Hill to calm down.
Jalen Rose was being candid and honest in the Fab 5 documentary. That's something that I appreciated about him. He was open and honest about everything that he felt at that time and for Grant Hill to come out and personally pen a letter about this makes no sense. Hill comes across as a guy who has hurt feelings over what Rose thought back then. If I were Grant Hill, I would have this differently.
I personally took the comments for what they were, the thoughts of an inner-city kid who grew up in a single-parent household and had his own views. Now I'm not saying all kids with one parent in the household would say what Rose said, but he was just trying to allow the viewing public into what he was thinking. Rose also said later on that the Duke team that he hated so much was a better team and he also said it took him years to come to grips with that.
I think that Jalen Rose was refreshingly honest, forthright and has shown that he has grown up since those times. And instead of people persecuting him for what he said and thought at that time, people need to understand that he was just painting a picture and expressing what he thought at 18. I'm not agreeing with what he said or thought by any stretch of the imagination. I'm just saying was it really worth a letter Grant?