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I have said this before, but I think it bears repeating.
I entered Michigan in the fall of 1991 like Webber and the Fab Five. I grew up in Southfield, MI, and had a lot of friends at Country Day when Webber was there....so we knew each other. I would not say we would be called friends, but definitely an acquaintenance. And I had met Jalen Rose before I even knew he was going to Michigan.
We had common friends in Ann Arbor as well, and I had been to several parties with members of the Fab 5.
When Webber was there, he lived the life of a poor student. I know now he took money while there, but he was not driving around in a Cadillac or throwing money around. That simply was not the reality.
What this letter says, and what many of us that were around at that time, is NOT to excuse what Webber did. He broke the rules, no question. But in hindsight, look at his punishment, and then look at others that have done similar things. Did Webber really commit a crime greater than Reggie Bush, Cam Newton, and some of these others? And did they ever suffer as much from this as he has?
So to say that Webber should not be 'punished' is silly. He has been punished. In fact, I would argue he and the University of Michigan were punished far more than equivalent offenses elsewhere.
The question really is, can we at some point forgive? 20 years have gone by. TWENTY YEARS. Look at the people in society we have forgiven. This week, there was news that a former terrorist partially responsible for the deaths of three men in the 1960s was given a prestigious professorship at Columbia University. We can forgive murder but not this? I agree Webber is bitter, and that is why he hasn't apologized. But a fan base that 20 years later is blaming Webber for all the ills of the program is ludicrous. Have we forgot Robert Traylor, Louis Bullock, and all the others that helped down the program too? Steve Fisher, Brian Ellerbe, etc? To put this all on Webber's head, especially when he was not even 20 years old when he left Michigan I believe, is ludicrous.
We need to move on. Webber should apologize for what he did, but UM should accept his apology and bring him back into the fold. We should admit our faults, that we screwed up, we paid heavily for that screw up, but it is time to move on. That is the only way this episode ever ends, and the circle is complete.
I wasnt alive during this era...But all the stories, documentaries, and memories that people have of this team and how much media attention this team from 20 years ago STILL gets is incredible. I cant imagine what Webber must feel about his timeout. he was just a college kid who made an honest mistake.I still love Chris Webber and every member from that team even though i never got to see them play. Webber prolly thinks Michigan and their fans hate him because of it and im sure some who had to watch it still do, but I think Webber going to the Final Four would make a lot of those Haters quit hating on him because of a mistake he made when he was a kid. This was a great letter and Webber is still loved by Michigan faithful...
I agree 100%
I know a lot of you are younger, but will all the hype this Final 4 run is generating for Michigan.It was but a sliver of what those guys did in 91-92. They were RockStars in Ann Arbor and literally around the world. I was in Brasil that one Xmas when they were playing the Maui Invitational and there were more Michigan jerseys than Brasil soccer jerseys roaming the beaches of Copacabana.
I believe he took the big money after he declared he was leaving. Still a rule was broken and he hasn't been contrite. However, the vitriol from the younger generation and the blue hairs is completely in appropriate. I believe if he just apologized all would go well. I also firmly believe he will NEVER apologize, because he was already gone when he took the money. So there you have it.
It was Mary Sue Coleman and everyone else who panicked and imposed so many self sanctions.
There are rumors that Charles Woodson was taking cash. If that came out, would you all turn on him as well?
As of now the "golden era" of UofM hoops is the Fab Five. If we win the title this year and keep building onto it I would think people 30 years from now won't consider the Fab Five demi gods anymore. '89 team> Fab 5. You cannot dispute that. I don't care if Jalen Rose wore black socks and listened to rap music. I want championships while doing it the right way
Double post, my bad.
This post was edited by Aces High 15 months ago
Was he indirectly involved in a federal investigation?
lol wore black socks and listened to rap music. my dad and uncle told me they used to go watch the fab five practice and every time they would practice would last about 30 minutes tops and then it would turn into a dunk competition hahaha
Thanks for your insight...maybe the best post of the year so far.
I dont think i would ever turn on any Michigan man unless he turned on us...I really cant think of any except Chris Rock. Left us for OSU...u fist f***ing me?
Justin Boren would be a better example. At least Chris left quietly.
wasnt he the one who left when rich rod came and his little brother is Zach who goes to OSU now?
Right, but he also contributed to the sham of a free press story and said our program lacked family values.
lol no way Michigan lacks family values. and to find them he went to OSU?
Kid had no work ethic.
ohhhhh i remember hearing this back when he transferred now haha i just didnt put 2 and 2 together....
So what I learned from reading this thread is "give Chris a break he was only 20"
Good to know it's ok to break the rules as long as your underage Maybe we would fit in with the $EC
I think you need to read the thread again.
Excellent overall post, but I wanted to further examine this portion, which is disturbing. Why on earth would a prestigious institution lower their valued and do this? Is like when they hosted Ahmadinejad the other year for a forum on campus, even though when he comes to the UN he does nothing but excoriate the US and our values. Only in the liberal laden construct of academia is all this possible. Take a look at Bill Ayers, and unrepentant terrorist who started barack obamas political career. He bombed police stations, the US capital and Pentagon, and became a faculty member at a Chicago university, yet gets a pass from any prior improprieties. Quite duplicitous and ridiculous.
Ehh bad example on the terrorist thing in my opinion. Whoever gave him that job should be ashamed.
He served his punishment, and then some. Easy to judge from our perspective.
Agreed. Also, it was 20 years ago. Seriously. I was pretty young during the Fab 5 days but I do know that as a kid in Canada, I had no idea what NCAA basketball was until they showed up. They were a huge deal and I think people don't value their contribution to Michigan basketball and college basketball as a whole because of a mistake (a big mistake mind you).
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