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Hill on Rose's 'Uncle Tom' remarks

16hill1-articleInline ---Former Duke All-American Grant Hill, pictured left, called critical comments by former Michigan guard and current ESPN analyst Jalen Rose "pathetic" in an open letter published Wednesday by the The New York Times on Wednesday.

Rose, as part of the documentary "The Fab Five" that aired on Sunday on ESPN, said that Hill and other black Blue Devils basketball players recruited in the early 1990s were "Uncle Tom's."

"I hated Duke and I hated everything Duke stood for,'' Rose said in "The Fab Five." Schools like Duke didn't recruit players like me. I felt like they only recruited black players that were Uncle Toms."

Hill wrote, "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 b---- 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."

---Rodney McKissic


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