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Jalen Rose and Grant Hill bury the hatchet

Mar 27, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

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After the controversy surrounding Jalen Rose’s comments about Grant Hill in the Fab Five documentary for ESPN (along with Jimmy King’s comments about Hill being a female dog), it would appear things are on their back to recovery for the two’s friendship. Hill tweeted on Saturday:

Had a great talk with @jalenrose today. We remain friends and both plan on moving forward

via Twitter / grant hill: Had a great talk with @jal ….

While Rose commented on his Twitter account:

Just had long convo w/my brother @realgranthill33(fyi)we are on the SAME page & willing to turn anything negative into a positive #respect

via Twitter / Jalen Rose: Just had long convo w/my b ….

It’s good to see the two repair their relationship after the hurt feelings, swapped editorials, and tension over comments that are nearly two decades old. Unfortunately, the comments are unlikely to resolve the deep feelings of resentment over the issues raised in the documentary or the underlying racial tension that exists thereof. But it’s a good start and a class move by two of the statesmen for the game, no matter who you believe was right or wrong in the situation.

Either way, I wouldn’t expect Jimmy King to be extending an olive branch any time soon. Not that Hill should be concerned, considering how the two’s lives have wound up.

  1. dysraw1 - Mar 27, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    thats great im sure it was all a misunderstanding

  2. mauddib - Mar 27, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    Cheap shot on Jimmy King, again this was their thoughts 20 years ago. Jimmy graduated on time and owns his own business. http://www.jkingsolar.com/

  3. davidly - Mar 27, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Well, there are some who will insist that it wasn’t a misunderstanding – but those are ones who couldn’t have less to do with it. Unless, of course, we’re talking about the press, who behave sometimes like a kid on the playground trying to start a fight between two people. How many times have you heard an interviewer ask someone what they thought of what another person said about them? It’s like a standard friggin’ question in journalism these days, yet springs from the emotional level of an eight-year-old.

    Grant could’ve saved some time by watching the whole film instead of a couple of provocative promos somebody cued up for him.

  4. tstreet - Mar 28, 2011 at 5:10 AM

    Good work on the JKing owning is own business.

  5. 1historian - Mar 28, 2011 at 7:10 AM

    The prevailing ethic in journalism today can be simply stated – “If you can’t FIND a story, make one up!”

  6. jhorton83 - Mar 28, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    They were quotes taken out of context. Jalen was trying to say he was jealous of Grant at the time because he happened to grow up in a well-off household with a stable family unit. Things that Jalen never had growing up. And there was the impression that was the case for most of the athletes Duke recruited. Hardly controversial. He never said that was still the way he currently felt. Jalen was just trying to give context for his feelings at that point in his life.

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