Updated: July 2, 2003, 12:13 PM ETBy By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
Sacramento Kings: The Chris Webber saga of purported illegal gambling, deceit and lots and lots of money has been played out in the media since day one and now Webber's attorneys are turning the tables. They want a reluctant member of the media to take the stand in defense of the all- star power forward. "The public has been bombarded for years by sportswriters demanding in the most self-righteous way that athletes have the courage and integrity to face up to this situation or that," wrote Webber's attorney, Steve Fishman, in a motion filed in U.S. District Court on Tuesday and run in the Detroit News. "It is more than a tad ironic that when given the chance to step up to the plate himself, Mr. Albom appears to be reluctant to do so." Mitch Albom covered Webber in college and wrote a book entitled Fab Five in which he "clearly demonstrated that Chris Webber did not have $28, let alone $280,000 while he was at Michigan." Albom's attorney as well as representatives from his paper have said that Albom will not take the stand.