For the record, he addressed a local legend: an oft-repeated story that he pointed at each Wolves teammate’s locker one day and said “loser” before ending with “winner” when he got to his. “I don’t know, I can imagine that possibly it happened,” said Laettner, certain it wasn’t in front of teammates if it did happen. “When you’re interviewed every day and you’re tired, you can make mistakes and say the wrong things, especially when you’re young. That’s what the movie did a good job showing: Hey, people mature. They learn. They get better at things. “You’re different when you’re 45 than when you’re 25. If I did say that, it was a horrible thing to say … it was a misbehavior on my part.”
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Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:244 lbs. / 111.1 kg.
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:244 lbs. / 111.1 kg.
At least he has been since the ESPN Films’ 30-for-30 documentary “I Hate Christian Laettner” first aired last Sunday. Fittingly executive produced and narrated by actor Rob Lowe, the 90-minute film explores why one of the most successful collegiate players of all time — a guy who had it all: looks, smarts and game — was so disliked. And perhaps in some places still is. “I loved it,” he said Saturday. “Every time I see it, I love it more and more. They put it together really good. I can only ask that people give me the benefit of the doubt. I don’t need you to love me. I don’t want you to hate me. But just don’t judge the book by its cover. I’m different now than I was when I was 20 years old, and those were all things that I think got across in the movie. So I really appreciate it.”
“To be honest with you, it hurt and I didn’t like it,” says Laettner, 45, married with three children, “but the media makes a big deal about a lot of stuff that shouldn’t be made a big deal of. I just realized it was something I couldn’t control, so when you look in the mirror, you know the truth, and rumors that I was gay in 1992, that was shocking and not very socially acceptable.”
“Faggot! Faggot! Faggot! Faggot” was one chant. The other, as described by then-Duke assistant Jay Bilas, now an ESPN analyst, went like this: “The LSU crowd, they did kind of the tomahawk chop at Laettner, except they were chanting: ‘homo-sex-ual!’ The TV announcers knew what was happening and one said, “We can’t tell you what they are saying.”
“Once people see the film some, people might see Christian differently,” Karpf said. “I’m not saying everything will be viewed in rose-colored glasses but I think people will see sides of Christian Laettner they have never seen before. I feel like we have compelling material and I’m hoping it will be a captivating film for Duke lovers, haters and people who don’t even know Duke basketball before this.” “More than anything I hope people watch it [and] enjoy it, and to quote Fox News, it’s then for them to decide,” Laettner said. “I want the viewers to decide whether they like it or not. But I’m going to like it because I was honored they asked me. How many people get to say a 30 for 30 is being made about them?”
“This is something people don’t realize about me but I can laugh, and laugh at myself,” Laettner said in an interview with Sports Illustrated on Friday. “The very first time I saw an “I STILL HATE LAETTNER” t-shirt was six or seven years ago and I thought it was so funny that Kentucky fans were selling the shirts on stores around campus. So I pointed the shirt out to Rory and maybe he got the feeling then that, hey, Christian can laugh at himself, so that’s a storyline we can use in the film.
So who is responsible for choosing the memorable title of “I Hate Christian Laettner” for the upcoming documentary on one of the most polarizing college basketball players in history? Well, that would be Christian Laettner himself. ESPN announced last week it will air a 90-minute examination of Laettner’s life on March 15, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET as part of its acclaimed “30 for 30″ series. The film is being directed by Rory Karpf, who previously directed “The Book of Manning” and “Tim Richmond: To The Limit,” and when Karpf met with Laettner at his home in Jacksonville a couple of months ago, Laettner showed Karpf some custom t-shirts with “I STILL LOVE CHRISTIAN LAETTNER” on the front, a humorous retort to the “I STILL HATE LAETTNER” t-shirts that float around the state of Kentucky to this day.
ESPN Films today announced a new 30 for 30 film that will debut in 2015 as part of the award-winning and critically-acclaimed documentary series. “I Hate Christian Laettner,” directed by Rory Karpf (“The Book of Manning,” “Tim Richmond: To The Limit”), will premiere Sunday, March 15, at 9 p.m. ET after Bracketology on ESPN. Through interviews with former teammates and rivals as well as Laettner himself, the film explores why the polarizing basketball player was—and still is—so disliked.
An attorney for Christian Laettner was in court in Durham on Thursday to try to win a court order to help collect money the former Duke University basketball star lent to the West Village redevelopment. Laettner loaned money to the Durham company BDV III to help with the cost of the West Village Expansion, according to documents filed in Durham County Superior Court. He originally filed the complaint against the company last July. According to the court documents, the West Village Expansion was the second phase of the redevelopment of the former downtown Liggett Group tobacco buildings into the mixed-use development known as West Village.
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