November 4, 2005, - 12:29 pm
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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