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Rose: Webber 'delusional' about Fab Five years

Rod Beard
The Detroit News

For most of the past 20 years, former All-America forward Chris Webber has been silent when asked about the Fab Five years at Michigan.

Webber, who helped the Wolverines to the national-title game in 1992 and '93, and is famously known for calling a timeout — one that UM didn't have — and Michigan lost the game in 1993.

Webber appeared Wednesday morning on "The Dan Patrick Show" and answered questions about being an NBA analyst for TNT, but when the subject switched to the Fab Five and the documentary that former teammate Jalen Rose produced, Webber sounded off:

"I love the guys but I think there's so much missed in there. I think it was OK.

"You know what happens — a lot of people, after they retire or when they're looking for a job or when they want to be relevant, they go back in time and make sure their importance is really known."

Webber was the only one of the Fab Five who did not participate in the production of the documentary and explained his omission, citing his pending book:

"I have to be careful, Dan, too, because I'm writing a book too — and it's the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. When I say I'm writing it, it means I have a researcher and that's it. It's been about a five-year process and the reason I didn't do the documentary is because I got a call and — I don't want to get into names and all that — and there were negotiations going on in different places and I guess someone promised I could be in the doc. And because they knew I probably wouldn't, they called and said we want you to be in it. I said 'Heck, yeah, I'll be in the doc. What's going on?'.

Rose told Larry Brown Sports on Wednesday night that Webber is "delusional."

"One dude traveled then called timeout," Rose told Larry Brown Sports. "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," Rose continued. "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."

Former Fab Five member Jimmy King, appearing on the "Ryan and Rico Show" show on WMGC later Wednesday morning, disputing Webber's assertion, stating: "That's a lie."

King added that he wasn't sure what the genesis of Webber's dissension was and that they haven't talked recently.

All five of the Fab Five members were in the Georgia Dome in 2013, when Michigan reached the championship game again, but Webber was in a suite, while the other four members sat in the stands.

Webber also bristled apparently at Rose's depiction in the documentary, implying that it was skewed in one direction.

"My whole thing is that it's always been about us five. When one guy has a million highlights in there of himself, like he was the leading scorer, and the stories are embellished, it's just a little hard for me. I think it was entertaining, there was a lot of truth in it and it was definitely good."

As a result of the involvement of Webber and several others in the Ed Martin scandal, Michigan had NCAA sanctions, which included removing both of the national runner-up banners from Crisler Center and removing the forfeiting games.

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