Chris Webber’s ongoing beef with Jalen Rose has kept Michigan’s legendary “Fab Five” from reuniting

  • Published: 06 April 2019
  • Chris Webber and Jalen Rose were recruiting rivals growing up in Detroit, but that didn't stop them from being close friends. They were so close, in fact, that Rose followed Webber to the University of Michigan, joining a legendary 1991 recruiting class that came to be known as "The Fab Five." Those five guys revolutionized college basketball and won a whole lot of games, but lost both their trips to the NCAA Final. The second of those losses came after Webber's infamous timeout call. And all those wins? They've been vacated because of a sprawling scandal that included a booster, a gambling ring, and payouts to a number of Wolverines players, including Webber.

    So the "Fab Five" legacy is complicated, in large part because of Webber's mistakes. And that fact has fueled decades of beef between the former best friends. Webber has come across as sensitive and standoffish about his past, while Rose has perhaps been too aggressive in pushing Webber to apologize for his past. This beef between them has showed in TV programs, documentaries, and books, and it's only gotten worse.

    This episode of Beef History tells the tale of a friendship turned feud, with the hope that airing things out might help put the "Fab Five" and their legacy back where they ought to be: together, and prominent in Michigan history.

    Written and produced by Seth Rosenthal
    Shot and edited by Ryan Simmons

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  • Bulbasaur entertainment network B.E.N

    Is it really that hard to apologize? Even if u dont mean it? Webber he obviously cares about you and wants everything to be better. Like wtf. It doesnt take a rocket scientist

    • Flotsam Jetsam
      Flotsam Jetsam  2 days back

      The Fab Five was really Chris Webber + 4. Jalen needs to STFU about Webber's relationship with Michigan. He sucks for airing another man's business so publicly.

      • bob burger
        bob burger  3 days back

        Whoaaaa they earn no money. How about a quarter of a million dollars education?

        • Edward Hill
          Edward Hill  3 days back

          If rose team would have played webber team in homeschool rose's team would have beat them by double digits.... Real talk.. I was there i live in michigan rose's team had 3 people play 1a webber team had just webber the dunk...that was his game at that time

          • Bass Fishing with the AntiChrist

            Rose was right. Webber was nothing but a bad influence to those around him. He left a big mess wherever he went.

            • whereyoankles
              whereyoankles  5 days back

              bruh the narrators face is irritating

              • Shane Welter
                Shane Welter  5 days back

                13:26 Reggie Miller ain't buying it.

                • wira sagala
                  wira sagala  6 days back

                  Came here bcause of the draymond timeout in game 6

                  • Randy
                    Randy  6 days back

                    TLDR: Jalen Rose, the third best member of the Fab Five, is still butthurt and whining over a time-out that happend 26 years ago when Webber was a 20 year-old, SMDH.

                    • Sena Kashiwazaki
                      Sena Kashiwazaki  1 weeks back

                      Absolutely love all your stuff. Surprised you haven’t done a deep rewind on the Webber timeout. I’d love to see that.

                      • Kigama
                        Kigama  1 weeks back

                        Rose low key.

                        • One-Eye
                          One-Eye  1 weeks back

                          Apparently the beef has been quashed, with Juwan Howard's signing as Michigan State's head coach being a huge step towards recovering the relationship between the college and the Fab Five..

                          All we need is the public reunion to make it official.

                          • One-Eye
                            One-Eye  1 weeks back

                            @Tyler Gordon Okay.

                          • Tyler Gordon
                            Tyler Gordon  1 weeks back

                            One-Eye you mean Michigan? Not Michigan state

                        • Jean Gentry
                          Jean Gentry  1 weeks back

                          Reggie is so uncomfortable during that Dan Patrick interview...

                          • JB Fox
                            JB Fox  2 weeks back

                            That was simply a perfect encapsulation of the nature of the beef that most of us basketball fans didn't even fully understand. It's all personality driven and these two brothers should take the example of Magic and Isiah and squash the beef publicly.

                            • I Said What I Said
                              I Said What I Said  2 weeks back

                              Jalen seems like that type so I’m with C-Webb on this.

                              • unspokenrespect
                                unspokenrespect  2 weeks back

                                They both are GREAT analyst. Webber really impresses me.

                                • JL
                                  JL  2 weeks back

                                  Colin Cowherd vs marriages please

                                  • Rory
                                    Rory  2 weeks back

                                    Jalen's ridden this story to the top of espn, wonder if he can keep it alive to keep himself relevant.

                                    • RobinHoodGuy
                                      RobinHoodGuy  2 weeks back

                                      So fast five banners are still down huh.. That's crazy.

                                      • ChristineCAlb1
                                        ChristineCAlb1  2 weeks back

                                        Ouch! That’s pretty heavy. I’ve always said that Webber was going to carry that “Time Out” to his grave. Hope both men are able to sort this out.

                                        • Dave Kirst
                                          Dave Kirst  2 weeks back

                                          Fab Five were all scumbags and crooks

                                          • Vance Hill
                                            Vance Hill  2 weeks back


                                            • Toronto Rap Critic
                                              Toronto Rap Critic  2 weeks back

                                              Jalen and Chris are good friends. Its just a matter of time before they reconnect. Bonds like that never die. Watch these two geniuses turn something negative into something positive....for the culture.

                                              • Justin Coleman
                                                Justin Coleman  2 weeks back

                                                Lost me at capitalism

                                                • Albert Sosa
                                                  Albert Sosa  2 weeks back

                                                  Please do Lavar Ball vs the toothbrush.

                                                • dawgpound 4life
                                                  dawgpound 4life  2 weeks back

                                                  Unfortunately Webber is the downfall of the FAB 5 era . I then became after seeing my 1st osu football and basketball game

                                                  • Sean M
                                                    Sean M  2 weeks back

                                                    Why did they have a center bring to ball up the court?

                                                    • Jarrod VanHorn
                                                      Jarrod VanHorn  2 weeks back

                                                      Well "They" didn't have him bring it up the court, C-Webb had a brain freeze after he almost (cough) traveled and simply missed the open outlet pass to Rose because of it....and the rest as they say is history.

                                                  • Sam Scharp
                                                    Sam Scharp  2 weeks back

                                                    Jalen Rose has always irritated me. Just the way he talks and his arrogance. He needs to move the hell on from Chris Webber, It sounds like he is jealous and obsessed with him.

                                                    • Lords of October Official

                                                      Great video. You sound almost exactly like Bill Simmons, btw.

                                                      • rhard007
                                                        rhard007  2 weeks back

                                                        Chis and Jalen both need to stop acting like little girls fighting over a boy. Grow the hell up guys .. Chris you F'k up, admit it .. Jalen, it's time to shut your mouth and stop acting like you are the spokes person for the Fab 5.

                                                        • Jay Sha
                                                          Jay Sha  2 weeks back

                                                          89 UNLV Would Destroy the Overhyped Fab 5

                                                          • Thrilla from Manila
                                                            Thrilla from Manila  2 weeks back

                                                   know its real when Reggie Miller's face sitting next to CWebb looks just like that Stephen A. Smith meme going around right now.

                                                            • EntreproJodie Love
                                                              EntreproJodie Love  2 weeks back

                                                              I lost so much respect for Chris Webber. Like a damn female that cant get over...bad look Chris

                                                              • Kee-pyor Myndopen
                                                                Kee-pyor Myndopen  2 weeks back

                                                                I don’t get it. What did Chris Weber do at Michigan? Take money to play there?

                                                                • Hal Jordan
                                                                  Hal Jordan  2 weeks back

                                                                  Jalen had a shitty career. That’s the truth, he was a nobody

                                                                  • airving
                                                                    airving  3 weeks back

                                                                    Webber is a phony person. Just listen to his color commentary. He always suck up to the refs and believe they are always right. Other color commentary analyst always tell the game with their own opinion. Webber has no stance with the calls of the game. Very very sad. He has a problem of being honest and real. Just fess up and tell the mistakes, it doesn't make you weak it makes you a man.

                                                                    • Gabriel Ward
                                                                      Gabriel Ward  3 weeks back

                                                                      15:23 maybe it’ll take Juwan Howard becoming the Michigan coach

                                                                      • Gregor Collins
                                                                        Gregor Collins  3 weeks back

                                                                        Not a lot of comments about the incredible and inspiring (and accurate) writing and storytelling that went into this piece. Really nice work, Seth and Ryan.

                                                                        • Sean Hackney
                                                                          Sean Hackney  3 weeks back

                                                                          Ed Martin was never a Michigan Booster. Anyone who thinks so doesn't know what a booster is.

                                                                          • One-Eye
                                                                            One-Eye  1 weeks back

                                                                            True. But boosters wouldn't be a problem at all if the NCAA weren't such corrupt scumbags.

                                                                        • HustlerKid
                                                                          HustlerKid  3 weeks back

                                                                          i wonder why jalen rose aint in nab 2k? he should let 2k buy the rights for him

                                                                          • HubbaBubba Bear
                                                                            HubbaBubba Bear  3 weeks back

                                                                            Sounds like a young Bill Simmons

                                                                            • Peter Ye
                                                                              Peter Ye  3 weeks back

                                                                              13:56 Reggie's face says it all. Own up CWeb, we still love you.

                                                                              • chrisguy9017
                                                                                chrisguy9017  3 weeks back

                                                                                Jalen is using cweb for his own fame.

                                                                                • Alonzo X
                                                                                  Alonzo X  3 weeks back

                                                                                  Still not whole

                                                                                  • Marcus Crowley
                                                                                    Marcus Crowley  3 weeks back

                                                                                    13:29 Reggie trying to look invisible.

                                                                                    • Yami Yamz
                                                                                      Yami Yamz  3 weeks back

                                                                                      Jaylen seems like a snitch and the only one hanging Webber out to dry in multiple formats. Jeez let it rest

                                                                                      • Kha'lil Smith
                                                                                        Kha'lil Smith  3 weeks back

                                                                                        they never won in college or nba who cares

                                                                                      • Pauline James
                                                                                        Pauline James  3 weeks back

                                                                                        Chris webber is KD father he threw that game