Jalen Rose Pissed U.S. Gymnasts Nicknamed Fab Five
Jalen Rose is pissed the nickname given to Jordyn Wieber, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Kyla Ross the U.S. women’s gymnastics team were dubbed the “Fab Five” after winning the women’s all-around gold medal.
The “Fab Five” nickname was originally given to the five freshmen of the 1991 Michigan basketball team that competed for a national championship in consecutive years.
“To use the nickname just points and screams of lazy journalism by the national media, that’s really what it is,” Rose told 97.1′s Jamie Samuelsen. “We were the first and there is only one, I really wish they would have come up with an even more creative tag for them but to use our nickname after the success we had with it is not fair to us.
Rose, covering the Olympics as a commentator for ESPN, was a part of Michigan’s “Fab Five” along with Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson and finished as NCAA runners-up in 1992 and 1993.
“Once the media decides what they’re going to call you, that’s your name,” Rose said. “I think I’ve heard they (gymnasts) wanted to be called ‘Furious Five’ or something different which leads me to believe that’s a tag the media put on them.”