Michigan AD Warde Manuel denies apologizing to Chris Webber
It looks like the relationship between the Michigan Wolverines and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Chris Webber isn’t as mended as it first thought.
Webber was charged with accepting money from former booster Ed Martin and ultimately pleaded guilty to a criminal contempt charge in 2003 and admitted to giving Martin over $ 38,000 in reimbursement. In response, Michigan disassociated itself from Webber for 10 years and also removed its college stats from its record books.
Webber, 48, claimed earlier this week that current Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel had privately apologized to him for the college’s treatment of the five-time NBA All-Star during and after the 2003 survey. According to Myron Medcalf from ESPN, however, Manuel responded in a statement from the school and said such an apology did not happen.
“I enjoyed the conversation with Chris when we first met several years ago,” Manuel explained. “But I can assure you that I didn’t offer Chris any apologies and, for those who might be curious, I never asked him to apologize to the University of Michigan. I only wish Chris the better and I’m glad he’s inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. ”
College athletes can now earn money from their names, pictures and likenesses without breaking NCAA rules. basketball is downright silly.