The film also opened some doors that were never closed, and unveiled some wounds that never healed.
As teenagers, the bball stars thought of Duke as a plantation, a place for Uncle Toms. They were actually hurt in some ways to recognize that Duke would never bring in players like themselves. They even thought their peer, current Phoenix Suns player Grant Hill, was the liking of a female dog.
But Grant decided that he needed to let the world know, first he’s not a b*tch and that he resents those comments made about him and his teammates. He wrote an op-ed, which was published in the New York Times:
“It was a sad and somewhat pathetic turn of events, therefore, to see friends narrating this interesting documentary about their moment in time and calling me a bitch and worse, calling all black players at Duke ‘Uncle Toms’ and, to some degree, disparaging my parents for their education, work ethic and commitment to each other and to me,” Hill said in the op-ed. “I should have guessed there was something regrettable in the documentary when I received a Twitter apology from Jalen before its premiere. I am aware Jalen has gone to some length to explain his remarks about my family in numerous interviews, so I believe he has some admiration for them.
“In his garbled but sweeping comment that Duke recruits only ‘black players that were ‘Uncle Toms,” Jalen seems to change the usual meaning of those very vitriolic words into his own meaning, i.e., blacks from two-parent, middle-class families. He leaves us all guessing exactly what he believes today.”
The funny thing about all of this is, Jalen doesn’t actually have the same feelings he did years ago.
But in the column, Grant never addresses the biggest accusation of them all. Rose said in the film that Duke refuses to go to the hood to recruit players. But that’s not only an issue Rose has with the school, several Black NCAA fans feel the same way.
Check out Grant Hill’s NY Times op-ed column here.