Interestingly, sports talk media is crushing Jalen Rose and somehow associating his DWI with him “getting what he deserves” after his comments on Duke.
If that’s the case, why was JJ Redick “getting what he deserves” after his DUI conviction?
Anyway, Rose went on Skip Bayless’ show and made the following comments, according to Deadspin:
Rose: “As a 17-year old recruit, that’s exactly how I felt. […] Now, I understand what their program represents, because I’m a mature adult. I know it’s a private school, that they do recruit players from well-to-do, affluent families. But also, I understand some of the reason why—so that they don’t see some of the players selling goods for money. Also, they want to have kids who represent the program the right way. I get all of that. But that’s the minority. I was speaking for the majority. And that’s how I felt then.”
Bayless: “So you don’t feel that way today?”
Rose: “Well, the bottom line is this: they do recruit a certain kind of player. They recruit a lot of players from private schools.”
I’m sorry, I don’t see that as horrible. Duke does recruit a lot of players from private schools. Frankly, those students are ones more likely to make it and excel at Duke. Duke University does have more than its fair share of douchebags, but it also provides an outstanding educational experience for its students. I suspect if I went to Duke, I’d be a douchebag. Hell, I might be anyway.