Say what you want about Christian Laettner, but he's got guts.
How many people do you know who live tweet a TV show with the title "I hate ..." followed by their own name?
But that's just what Laettner did Sunday night during the ESPN documentary "I Hate Christian Laettner," which focused on why the former Duke star is still one of the most disliked figures in NCAA basketball history more than 20 years after his college playing days.
And he took the opportunity to apologize for one of the key reasons behind some of that hatred.
Laettner is the only player ever to start in four consecutive Final Fours, and he got to one of them by making an improbable last-second jump shot to propel Duke past Kentucky in the 1992 East regional final.
But there are many people who believe he shouldn't have had the chance to make that shot, let alone play in the Final Four that year. Earlier in the game, Laettner received a technical foul for stomping on the chest of Kentucky's Amino Timberlake. Controversy still surrounds the fact that Laettner wasn't ejected and suspended for the next game for an action that was clearly intentional.
Laettner has since said he's embarrassed by the stomp, referring to it as "horrible" and "a big mistake." But he went a step further Sunday night on Twitter, offering a video apology to Timberlake:
Timberlake, who laughed off the stomp at the time, retweeted Laettner's apology, as well as this tweet from his former Duke foe:
.@30for30 At 45, I’m different than when I was 20. Maybe now you understand a little bit more about who I am and what fuels me.— Christian Laettner (@laettnerbball) March 16, 2015
Looks like not everyone hates Christian Laettner. And, after the airing of the documentary and all the Twitter action Sunday night, it looks as if Laettner might not have even fewer haters:
Am I starting to like Christian Laettner? #IHateChristianLaettner— Michelle Beadle (@MichelleDBeadle) March 16, 2015
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