ESPN: What do you think it would take to heal your rift…

ESPN: What do you think it would take to heal your rift with Jalen Rose and bring the Fab Five back together? Chris Webber: We already back. We already texting and hanging. We want the world to know we’re already back. I have three brothers and one sister for real. And in that family, you can be upset at someone and love them just as much as you ever did, but it has to be a conversation. And that’s just the way it is. That’s just the way it is. And I want to give this good news to the world. I want to. … But I’m going to see Michigan practice. Me and Juwan [have been] on the phone. … But there has been that rift because Jalen has decided to talk and I’ve said we should handle everything behind the scenes. It was just, it’s an honor system. It’s a code. And he knows what that is because that’s what we built the Fab Five on and he did not adhere to that code multiple times. His family told him multiple times and that is what happened. And I still love him. That’s my boy. … All it takes is a 30-second conversation.

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ESPN: In May, you and Jalen talked on ESPN after you were selected for the Hall of Fame. What did that moment mean to you? Chris Webber: ESPN didn't tell me [Jalen] was going to interview me. So they kept saying, 'Here comes [host Maria Taylor], Maria ... 5, 4, 3 ...' and then I hear, 'What up?' And it was [Jalen]. So it was a cool moment. I mean, I talk to his family, his sister, you know, all the time. Him and I still have to talk. Like, things don't get repaired without talking. So that's not the way to do it, to interview me on camera and not go into a room.
Rose said he is in contact with Webber, and there will be plans to privately settle their differences. The relationship began defrosting after Fab Five member Juwan Howard was named head coach at Michigan last summer. “We’re in contact currently and we’re brothers,” Rose said of Webber. “So I always feel like anything that we need to say needs to be face to face, eyeball to eyeball, without any distractions, without any hype, without any camera. That’s the big-boy way to do that. That’s my brother.”
I hate to bring up Chris Webber because I feel like everyone asks you about him, but you had said that him serving as the honorary captain of Michigan’s Nov. 3 football game against Penn State was huge in terms of being an icebreaker and repairing his relationship with the school. By all accounts, it seems like it went well. From your standpoint, has there been progress since then? Jalen Rose: Can you put in bold letters: I asked him this. (Laughs) What always ends up happening is people get it confused and think I’m unhappy with my life and I just want to talk about him.
I’ll make it clear that you didn’t go on an unprompted rant about Chris Webber. Jalen Rose: Alright! Here’s the thing: We’ve gone through a lot together. We grew up together. I consider him like a brother. I was happy for him and happy for the university that he got a chance to go back on campus and be celebrated by the football program and be the honorary captain. I think it was long overdue, by both sides. Now, hopefully the next step is for the university to properly acknowledge our group and what we were able to accomplish on campus.
I’ll make it clear that you didn’t go on an unprompted rant about Chris Webber. Jalen Rose: Alright! Here’s the thing: We’ve gone through a lot together. We grew up together. I consider him like a brother. I was happy for him and happy for the university that he got a chance to go back on campus and be celebrated by the football program and be the honorary captain. I think it was long overdue, by both sides. Now, hopefully the next step is for the university to properly acknowledge our group and what we were able to accomplish on campus.
After a 10-year hiatus that ended in 2013, Webber has maintained his distance from UM, which had to remove the Final Four banners from appearances in the Final Four in 1992 and ’93. Webber is expected to be an honorary captain for Michigan’s football showdown against Penn State on Nov. 3 at Michigan Stadium. That could be a significant bridge to Webber reconnecting with U-M and building a better relationship between the sides.
Rose has been the main catalyst among the players, trying to get some resolution to the issues from both sides. He sees Webber’s return to UM as a move in the right direction. “Nov. 3 is a huge date as an icebreaker once he goes to campus and he’s celebrated by the fans and he gets a chance to be welcomed by Jim Harbaugh,” Rose said Monday at a fundraiser at the Detroit Golf Club for his Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. “That’s going to be a catalyst for what could happen going forward.”
As Gottlieb tried to explain the reason for asking the question about Webber's former Michigan teammate Jalen Rose, Webber cut him off talking about what he wanted to talk about on the show and more about his course at Wake Forest. From CBSSportsRadio.com: "I mean, Doug, we ain't talking about that," Webber said. "You ain't getting that interview. I'm talking about Wake Forest. I don't talk about him. I talked about him one time on The Dan Patrick Show. That was it." "Come on, Doug," Webber said, annoyed. "I just told you respectfully on your show I'm not going to talk about it. I'm talking about being a professor at Wake Forest teaching a class on culture in sports. Now do want want to beat me up because I did not answer you on your show?"
Not at all, Gottlieb said. "I don't want to answer the question," Webber reiterated. "So what would you ask me after that? Because I'm going to put this in for my class as far as how did you handle the media. I'm going to show them right now: I do not want to answer that question. I respectfully ask you not to ask me that again so you can blow your numbers up for your show. I don't want to talk about that, Doug."
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