Jalen Rose and Grant Hill End Feud

by May 15, 2011

After Jalen Rose and Grant Hill went back and forth a few times following Rose’s now-infamous comments about Hill and Duke University in ESPN‘s Fab Five documentary, the two have reportedly deaded their beef, with the Phoenix Suns forward throwing his support behind the ESPN analyst’s Detroit charter school. Via the Worldwide Leader: “Former Michigan basketball star Jalen Rose says Grant Hill has agreed to help support the new charter school in Detroit bearing Rose’s name. The Jalen Rose Leadership Academy is expected to open in September. Rose says Hill has promised to lend his support and that things are fine between them after Hill criticized Rose in March for comments he made in an ESPN documentary about Michigan’s famous Fab Five. Hill, a former Duke standout, criticized Rose in the New York Times for saying the Blue Devils ‘only recruited black players that were ‘Uncle Toms.” Rose says he was only describing how he felt back when he was a teenager — as opposed to now. ‘Any time, for example, you have a critically acclaimed piece like the Fab Five documentary has been, you’re going to have 99 percent of the people that love it, but when you have the brutal honesty, you’re going to have that 1 percent on the other side of the coin, so to speak,’ Rose said Saturday. ‘I definitely talked to Grant and reached out to Coach K, and again clarified that that was how I felt as a high school recruit.’ A Detroit native, Rose threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Detroit Tigers’ game Saturday against Kansas City. Afterward, he was eager to promote the new school, and he said Hill — a former Detroit Piston — has agreed to support the venture.”