November 4, 2005, - 12:29 pm

CWebb Crap: Criminal NBA Player Gets Jersey Retired

By Debbie Schlussel
Detroit’s swankiest, most expensive, uber-pretentious private school, Detroit Country Day School, retired the jersey of Country Day alum and NBA star, Chris Webber, this week.
But Webber, of the Philadelphia 76ers, lied under oath to a grand jury, as well as a number of other questionable acts, that make retiring his jersey a disgrace, not cause for celebration.
Here’s Webber’s record of thuggery, which we’ve previously detailed:
In 2003, Webber (then with the Sacramento Kings)–arrested on various drug and alleged rape charges over the years, but each time, escaping with the skin of his teeth–was indicted for lying to a grand jury about illegal loans he took from a shady booster. He pled guilty to a lesser charge when the key witness died suddenly–and the U.S. Attorney, Jeffrey Collins, pressured prosecutors to give Webber a deal (Collins was friends with the Webber family and sat on the board of Webber’s CWebb Foundation).
Webber was traded to the Kings in the first place because of frequent off-court arrests while a Washington Wizard. One of those, during a 1998 Maryland traffic stop, involved Webber fleeing police, slapping a police officer, refusing to show his driver’s license, and lacking a license plate. In fact, Webber’s Lincoln Navigator had devices to quickly obscure the license plate and was equipped with secret compartments to hide the drugs that were found therein.
Like all suspects caught red-handed, Webber claimed the drugs were left there by a friend. That excuse didn’t work earlier that year when he was fined $500 when marijuana was found in his carry-on bag at an airport in Puerto Rico. Despite all that, he had the gall to sue Fila for dropping him as an endorser pursuant to a morals clause.
Is this the kind of guy a fancy prep school should be honoring by retiring his jersey? Only if it wants to attract more basketball players of his quality–who have hoop skills and no integrity. And that’s the kind of school Detroit Country Day is. Blueblood phoniness extraordinaire.
But Webber isn’t even proud of his days at DCD. Since his graduation from the school, he’s been working overtime to establish his “hoodness”–making up for the fact that he went to the noblesse oblige private school and grew up not in the streets, but with two parents.
What a drag.

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8 Responses

debbie, the thing about c-webb is that he chokes more than any top athlete i’ve ever seen. he is good when in a meaningless or already decided game. but give him the ball when it counts and he’ll double dribble and call a non-existent time out. maybe that two parent family and fancy grade school made him too mellow.

shleppy on November 4, 2005 at 7:04 pm

Thanks for posting this, Debbie, where a lot of readers will see it. When I read it (in the Detroit News), I wanted to throw up. I’m old enough to remember when Webber’s actions would have gotten him fired and shunned, not canonized.

Bachbone on November 5, 2005 at 11:32 am

Chris who? The biggest insult is not to recognize them and insult them but to say something like: Your face looks familiar , but I don’t know where to put it…hmmm.

KOAJaps on November 5, 2005 at 5:16 pm

I just hope he ticks off his teammate Allen Iverson some more and Iverson pimp slaps him…or treats him like his wife.
What a waste, Webber was a supremely talented basketball player at one time.

The_Man on November 5, 2005 at 10:38 pm

Aha…now we know where the scenes in ‘Eight Mile’ come from of Eminem getting his ass kicked
by a brotha(and his homies)who went to-top-secret-Cranbrook(a Cuntry Day competitor)-and who Em’ destroys in the rap showdown with the lyrics,’—k
Cranbrook’.This is also more proof that Mike Tyson wouldn’t be the biggest sociopath in
the NBA-or Cuntry Day,either.

jaywilton on November 6, 2005 at 1:47 pm

Detroit School Honors Chris Webber

Teaching kids the value of perseverance in the face of ‘challenges’
NBA player Chris Webber, who starred at Detroit Country Day from 1987-91, became the first player in school history to have his jersey number retired:
(Webber) was honored Wedn…

Brain Droppings on November 6, 2005 at 10:01 pm

these blacks do not understand the opportunity we provide for them in our country, they need to be very grateful. they need to understand that this is the only country on the planet that offers them the best chance of succeeding..lets be honest do they think they can make this much money as a member of the angola national team… and on that topic, they need to show more national pride. they should be jumping at the chance to represent our country..

John Miles on November 7, 2005 at 3:54 pm

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