Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski breaks silence on Fab Five documentary
Just when you thought the subject was dead ...
After declining to comment on the Fab Five documentary in the days before his team met Michigan in an NCAA tournament third-round game, Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski admonished the production on Tuesday.
In a radio interview on ESPN 1000 in Chicago, Krzyzewski said the documentary was "very insulting to everyone here at Duke" and he later questioned the impact the Fab Five recruiting class had at Michigan.
The Fab Five documentary aired on ESPN on March 13. In it, Jalen Rose said he thought the black players Duke recruited in the early 1990s were "Uncle Toms."
"Obviously, that was a poor choice of words and very insulting to everyone here at Duke but especially, not just our African-American players, but any African-American students," Krzyzewski said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show," which was being co-hosted by one of his former Duke players, Jay Williams. "When you judge within a race, you start judging, like you put categories as to who you are. I think that's just the wrong thing to do."
Later, Krzyzewski said of the Fab Five's legacy:
"They had a heck of a run but, they didn't leave anything, they didn't establish anything there. The guys that I had established something that Jay Williams continued to do 10 years later, the standards of what it meant to be a Duke basketball player."
Williams, now an an analyst for ESPN, said he received a text from Rose before the documentary aired saying the comments did not pertain to him.
"Listen, I know that it's obviously how Jalen reflected upon it when he was a 19-year-old kid," Williams said of the Uncle Tom comment. "But, I think the thing that got a lot of people disgruntled was the fact that he never came out and said, 'Listen, this is not how I feel now' in the documentary."