Hill Responds To “Uncle Tom” Remarks

The former Duke star Grant Hill fires back at Michigan star Jalen Rose for saying the Blue Devils “only recruited black players that were ‘Uncle Toms.”‘

Rose made the comments in a recent ESPN documentary about Michigan’s Fab Five, a class of talented freshman in the early 1990s. Rose said he hated Duke back then and said the ACC program would never recruit someone like him.

In a column that appeared on The New York Times’ website Wednesday, Hill cautions his “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.”

Hill, whose Duke team beat Michigan in the 1992 national title game, wrote that it’s a “sad” and “pathetic” turn of events to see friends disparaging black athletes at Duke.

Hill currently plays for the Phoenix Suns.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  • Bill Figel

    Rose got two, 15-minutes stints with fame. Get the hook.

  • Perseus317

    It is pathetic to see blacks still playing the race card, even against other blacks, simply because of some real or imagined differences. Apparently, according to Rose, in order to be truly black, a person has to talk a certain way, has to act a certain way, and definitely cannot display any signs of class or maturity. Those persons who don’t conform to Rose’s ghetto stereotyping, are dismissively labeled as “Uncle Toms.” Borrowing a thought from Rev. Martin Luther King, I still wait for the day when both whites AND blacks can judge each other by the content of their character, and not have to rely on some stereotype as to what makes up a “good black man” or a “bad black man.”

  • Smooth

    Shame on you Jalen Rose for making a remark like that !!! Also your dad Jimmy Walker left this earth without any reconciliation from you , his son. How can you justify not reconciling with your dying father. Have you ever heard about the word “forgiveness”? God gave you a special talent with your basketball abilities and you have shown all that you are one sorry ass human being.

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