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Christian Laettner
Christian Laettner
Position: None
Born: 08/17/69
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:244 lbs. / 111.1 kg.
I always preface this with Christian Laettner is a friend. We spent hours after practices hanging out. We got in a heated card game. Normally, when you play cards and you lose, it’s no big deal. Just try to pay your debt before the next plane ride. You don’t have to pay the next day at practice, or the next four days at practice, but before the next plane ride, you get your debts out of the way. That’s the rule of things. Laettner liked to have debt and play until he won it back. We had a little heated conversation about debts. I’m sitting there thinking, ‘How you sitting up here talking about this and you owe me money?’ Next thing I know, it was on. I was heated that night now, but I can admit when I was wrong. The next day was an off day. I drove up to his apartment. He opened the door – I could see he had a black eye. But we talked and laughed and it was over. We’re still friends. As good friends as a Duke and North Carolina guy can be.
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.”
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.”