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Letter From Bill Clinton to Chris Webber Surfaces, in Regards to Blowing the 1993 NCAA Title Game


After the debut documentary by ESPN, featuring the University of Michigan's heralded recruiting class of 1991, more commonly referred to as the "Fab Five," a discreet letter from former President Bill Clinton addressed to one time Michigan forward Chris Webber, has resurfaced. The letter was used as means of consolation after the standout Detroit recruit blew his Michigan Wolverines' shot at winning the 1993 NCAA college basketball title against University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Trailing the Tar Heels by only a possession, the Michigan forward dribbled the ball up the floor in a frenzy when he suddenly was trapped by two UNC defenders, and in a fit of discombobulation, he called time-out. The only drawback—his team was all out, resulting in a technical foul, equaling to two Carolina free throws and possession of the ball. Long story short, the Tar Heels went on to win the championship game in '93, leaving Chris Webber stunned and embarrassed, as well as his entire Wolverine team.

What only surfaced just a few years ago, was the letter sent to Webber from President Clinton, but now as the ESPN documentary highlighting the revolution by the legendary Michigan recruiting class has aired, the letter has obviously presented itself once again.

Not only subject to that particular on-court mishap however, the former NBA All-Star was also charged with receiving money from a certain University of Michigan booster and to this day, has declined his knowledge of wrong doing.

As Webber also withdrew himself from being interviewed for the prime time ESPN airing, this has already proven (only a mere half hour after the viewing) to once again bring about the skeletons tucked away in his closet.

Nonetheless, whether you are a sports fan or not, the mere presence of this letter from 1993 is quite interesting, as we have a legitimate photo copy below. See the transcript first, then image following:

Dear Chris,

I have been thinking of you a lot since I sat glued to the TV during the championship game.

I know that there may be nothing I or anyone else can say to ease the pain and discouragement of what happened.

Still, for whatever it's worth, you, and your team, were terrific. And part of playing for high stakes under great pressure is the constant risk of mental error. I know. I have lost two political races and made countless mistakes over the last twenty years. What matters is the intensity, integrity, and courage you bring to the effort. That is certainly what you have done. You can always regret what occurred but don't let it get you down or take away the satisfaction of what you have accomplished.

You have a great future. Hang in there.

Sincerely, Bill Clinton

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