Jalen Rose accused of bad-mouthing Jordan, Reggie Miller

jalen-rose-indianaJalen Rose isn’t denying that he had a good time in Bloomington, Ind. following the Michigan-Indiana game on Saturday night.

But he’s not exactly admitting that it all went down the way some say it did.

LostLettermen.com and Deadspin.com both obtained photos of Rose partying with Indiana students following the Wolverines’ 81-73 loss on Saturday night.

The former Michigan basketball and NBA standout, who was in town working the game for ESPN’s College Gameday, admitted he was aware of the reports, photos and comments he allegedly made during a night of partying.

“I saw that, I heard about that,” Rose told reporters Monday night after hosting Michigan’s annual “Mock Rock” event in Ann Arbor. “Fortunately for me, I wasn’t doing anything (wrong)? Right?

“I wasn’t doing anything in the pictures, right?”

Per the LostLettermen report, Rose’s escapades were chronicled by a handful of Indiana students on Reddit.com.

The reports alleged that Rose claimed ex-NBA star Michael Jordan was “hungover” during his famous flu game in the 1997 NBA Finals, that ex-Indiana Pacer Reggie Miller had his house burned down by his ex wife and that he can’t smoke marijuana because he works for “Disney (ESPN),” and he’d be tested.

When asked about the comments, Rose was mum in response.

“I’m a huge Michael Jordan fan, got a lot of respect for him,” Rose said. “I’ve got a lot of respect for Reggie Miller.

“Those were comments that I guess somebody was attributing that I said. Those weren’t quotes. I saw a couple of curse words on there that I haven’t cursed since 2002.”

Asked again if he denied saying any of those comments, Rose was again rather vague.

“I’m saying they weren’t quotes,” he said.”

Rose played 13 years in the NBA, appearing in 923 games (572 started), averaging 14.3 ppg, 3.8 apg and 3.4 rpg in 30.3 minutes of action.



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3 Comments

  1. Walt Coogan says:

    Do I detect some jealousy on the part of Jalen Rose?

  2. Might as well be jealousy. Rose was good but of course nowhere near Jordan or Miller, thus there was some ground for being jealous.

  3. Walt Coogan says:

    Yeah, he probably thought that he could or should have been a household name like them, but while Rose constituted a good player (as you noted), he never made an All-Star team and never enjoyed the memorable moments of Jordan or Miller.

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