The feud between members of the Fab Five was reignited on Wednesday when Chris Webber gave an interesting and honest interview with Dan Patrick where he ripped the Fab Five documentary and the way his former teammates handled themselves in it.
Webber, who said he had a book that he’s been writing for five years coming out soon, said that his teammates were “Hollywood” and that they mischaracterized the way that the Fab Five — and each individual member — was viewed to try and inflate their own ego.
“I’m embarrassed, and I’m disappointed, in how he’s chosen to go about this,” Fab Five member Jimmy King said yesterday on the Ryan & Rico Show on 105.1 FM in Detroit. “I think he has personal issues. I think he likes a little drama, carrying on with certain things, as far as relationships are concerned, that could have been handled years ago. I think that it’s a personal flaw that he has.” King also referred to Webber as a “habitual liar”.
Jalen Rose spoke with the website Larry Brown Sports about Webber’s interview, and his words were even more pointed than King’s.
“One dude traveled then called timeout,” Rose said. “One dude lied to grand jury and hasn’t apologized. One dude tried to circumvent the documentary to HBO. One dude ignored multiple requests from everyone involved after agreeing to participate. One dude played like (President) Obama and sat in a suite during Michigan’s recent title game. One dude slandered Ed Martin after all he did for him and his family. One dude is not in contact with the other four (which is all good). One dude has been doing a rebuttal doc for four years. One dude clearly is delusional and still in denial.”
“Congrats on your amazing success! Respect had no price. Man up.”
King specifically went after two assertions that Webber made in the interview with Dan Patrick: That he was contacted a week before production of the documentary about filming an interview, and that he would have gone to Michigan State if he had a mulligan on his college choice.
“To keep the record straight, he was not asked to do the documentary the week before production,” he said. “There is no way that we would have decided to do the documentary without everyone being on board. That’s the absolute truth. Once we got everybody’s OK, everybody was in different parts of the country, we tried to get in the same places. Juwan was playing at the time. Jalen and I and Ray and Chris were supposed to meet in LA and that never happened. That was on him. He just flat out disappeared. So that’s a lie. I can tell you, from personal character flaws, that there are untruths that are being spread out there. 100 percent lies.”
“When it was proposed, it was sent out over an email to all of us,” King added. “During that time, I took the responsibility of being the central guy for information and communication. I can tell you flat out, unequivocally that that is not the truth.”
In the interview with Patrick, Webber said he didn’t want to answer whether or not he would have gone to Michigan over Michigan State if he could do it all over.
“A lot of that is said to stir up conversations,” King responded, “and also to kind of have people looking for answers in this book that’s supposed to be coming out.”