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Grant Hill's Response to Jalen Rose (FULL TEXT)
This is the full text of Grant Hill responding to Jalen Rose's current comments about Duke basketball.
Grant Hill's Response to Jalen Rose
By Grant Hill
Associated Press Grant Hill currently plays for the Phoenix Suns.
The Fab Five, an ESPN film about the Michigan basketball careers of Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Chris Webber, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson from 1991 to 1993, was broadcast for the first time Sunday night. In the show, Rose, the show's executive producer, stated that Duke recruited only black players he considered to be Uncle Toms. Grant Hill, a player on the Duke team that beat Michigan in the 1992 Final Four, reflected on Rose's comments.
I am a fan, friend and longtime competitor of the Fab Five. I have competed against Jalen Rose and Chris Webber since the age of 13. At Michigan, the Fab Five represented a cultural phenomenon that impacted the country in a permanent and positive way. The very idea of the Fab Five elicited pride and promise in much the same way the Georgetown teams did in the mid-1980s when I was in high school and idolized them. Their journey from youthful icons to successful men today is a road map for so many young, black men (and women) who saw their journey through the powerful documentary, The Fab Five.
It was a sad and somewhat pathetic turn of events, therefore, to see friends narrating this interesting documentary about their moment in time and calling me a bitch and worse, calling all black players at Duke Uncle Toms and, to some degree, disparaging my parents for their education, work ethic and commitment to each other and to me. I should have guessed there was something regrettable in the documentary when I received a Twitter apology from Jalen before its premiere. I am aware Jalen has gone to some length to explain his remarks about my family in numerous interviews, so I believe he has some admiration for them.
In his garbled but sweeping comment that Duke recruits only black players that were 'Uncle Toms,' Jalen seems to change the usual meaning of those very vitriolic words into his own meaning, i.e., blacks from two-parent, middle-class families. He leaves us all guessing exactly what he believes today.
I am beyond fortunate to have two parents who are still working well into their 60s. They received great educations and use them every day. My parents taught me a personal ethic I try to live by and pass on to my children.
I come from a strong legacy of black Americans. My namesake, Henry Hill, my father's father, was a day laborer in Baltimore. He could not read or write until he was taught to do so by my grandmother. His first present to my dad was a set of encyclopedias, which I now have. He wanted his only child, my father, to have a good education, so he made numerous sacrifices to see that he got an education, including attending Yale.
This is part of our great tradition as black Americans. We aspire for the best or better for our children and work hard to make that happen for them. Jalen's mother is part of our great black tradition and made the same sacrifices for him.
My teammates at Duke - all of them, black and white - were a band of brothers who came together to play at the highest level for the best coach in basketball. I know most of the black players who preceded and followed me at Duke. They all contribute to our tradition of excellence on the court.
It is insulting and ignorant to suggest that men like Johnny Dawkins (coach at Stanford), Tommy Amaker (coach at Harvard), Billy King (general manager of the Nets), Tony Lang (coach of the Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins in Japan), Thomas Hill (small-business owner in Texas), Jeff Capel (former coach at Oklahoma and Virginia Commonwealth), Kenny Blakeney (assistant coach at Harvard), Jay Williams (ESPN analyst), Shane Battier (Memphis Grizzlies) and Chris Duhon (Orlando Magic) ever sold out their race.
To hint that those who grew up in a household with a mother and father are somehow less black than those who did not is beyond ridiculous. All of us are extremely proud of the current Duke team, especially Nolan Smith. He was raised by his mother, plays in memory of his late father and carries himself with the pride and confidence that they instilled in him.
The sacrifice, the effort, the education and the friendships I experienced in my four years are cherished. The many Duke graduates I have met around the world are also my family, and they are a special group of people. A good education is a privilege.
Just as Jalen has founded a charter school in Michigan, we are expected to use our education to help others, to improve life for those who need our assistance and to use the excellent education we have received to better the world.
A highlight of my time at Duke was getting to know the great John Hope Franklin, John B. Duke Professor of History and the leading scholar of the last century on the total history of African-Americans in this country. His insights and perspectives contributed significantly to my overall development and helped me understand myself, my forefathers and my place in the world.
Ad ingenium faciendum, toward the building of character, is a phrase I recently heard. To me, it is the essence of an educational experience. Struggling, succeeding, trying again and having fun within a nurturing but competitive environment built character in all of us, including every black graduate of Duke.
My mother always says, You can live without Chaucer and you can live without calculus, but you cannot make it in the wide, wide world without common sense. As we get older, we understand the importance of these words. Adulthood is nothing but a series of choices: you can say yes or no, but you cannot avoid saying one or the other. In the end, those who are successful are those who adjust and adapt to the decisions they have made and make the best of them.
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 wish for you the restoration of the bond that made you friends, brothers and icons.
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.
Grant Henry Hill
Billboard Music Awards 2012 Best DressedJordin Sparks
The 2012 Billboard Music Awards brought the biggest music stars of today to Sin City for a night of exciting performances and tributes. Carly Rae Jepsen, Carrie Underwood, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, LMFAO, Brandy, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and more hit the red carpet (though its color was white) before the big event to flaunt their best.
Carrie Underwood was the main show-stopper of the night in a heather-gray and rose tulle Oscar de la Renta gown from the designer's Fall 2012 collection. Underwood truly captured a Cinderella moment, with her blonde hair cascading in curls and her frothy gown exuding ephemeral beauty. She accessorized with an Oscar de la Renta Cara clutch made of pearl and crystal sapphire along with silver metallic open-toe heels. Underwood was joined by hunky hubby Mike Fisher.
Carly Rae Jepsen, newcomer to the music scene but at No. 1 on the iTunes music charts for her smash-hit single Call Me Maybe, was another best-dressed star of the night. Jepsen wore a nude-hued gown with delicate folds and flutter cap-sleeves for her Billboard Music Awards debut. Her hair was styled pin-straight with her signature bangs in perfect place. Jepsen also hit the mark with her dark, burgundy lips -- a major trend at the 2012 Met Gala.
Although she looked stunning on the red carpet on her way into the show, Carly Rae Jepsen received some flak for her on-stage and post-show attire. For her performance, the 26-year-old wore a sparkling mint green shell top with sparking white and silver pants and sneakers. Many criticized the singer for dressing far too young for her age. Some thought that the look was contrived, since Jepsen's fan base is mainly young teenagers.
It definitely seemed like a concerted effort to keep Carly's image squeaky clean and young. Did it work? Or was it a wasted opportunity to introduce Carly to a huge new audience that's never watched Justin Beiber [sic] lip-synch her song? asked Crushable.
Taylor Swift looked sexy in red Elie Saab. She accessorized with Elie Saab shoes and Neil Lane jewels. Maybe it is the bangs or maybe it is those jaded songs about ex-boyfriends, both something about the 22-year-old star has surely helped her come into her own.
Miley Cyrus' look might have been hit-or-miss; but we chose hit. The 19-year-old took a risk with an ivory Jean Paul Gaultier double-breasted jacket turned mini dress. The 19-year-old complemented her outfit with smoky eyes, nude lips, Jacquie Aiche jewels and black-and-white striped Christian Louboutin ankle-strap peep-toe heels. One misstep Cyrus made was her hair. The bouffant styling and brassy color do not work on the young singer.
Check out the best dressed from the 2012 Billboard Music Awards. Who do you think looked the best?