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    Chris Webber says UM AD Warde Manuel apologized for fallout from 2003


    The rocky relationship between the University of Michigan and former Fab Five star Chris Webber reportedly has taken a step toward being smoothed out.

    In a wide-ranging interview with ESPN, Webber said Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel privately apologized to him for the way the school handled the fallout following the investigation into claims Webber had received illegal payments from former booster Ed Martin.

    The revelation comes as Webber, who made a name for himself at Detroit Country Day before starring at Michigan and in the NBA, is set to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday.

    Manuel declined to comment to The Detroit News.

    “I was told by the athletic director at the University of Michigan that he was sorry,” Webber told ESPN. “And he wasn’t even there at the time (I was playing). He told me that he did his research and that he needs to apologize. His exact words (were), he needs ‘to apologize to the 18-year-old Chris Webber because we didn’t protect him.’”



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