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    ‘I made no apology to Chris (Webber)’

    A day after former Michigan Fab Five star Chris Webber said in a report that Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel privately apologized to him, Manuel said that is false.

    Webber, in a lengthy ESPN interview published Wednesday, said Manuel apologized to him for the way the school handled the fallout from the investigation into claims Webber had received illegal payments from former booster Ed Martin.

    “I was told by the athletic department at the University of Michigan that he was sorry,” Webber, who will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, said in the article.

    Manuel, in a statement Thursday to The Detroit News, painted a different picture of the meeting with Webber.

    “I enjoyed the conversation with Chris when we met several years ago,” Manuel said. “But I can assure you I made no apology to Chris and, for those who may be curious, I never asked him to apologize to the University of Michigan.

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