Many college basketball fans have a deep-rooted hate for the Duke Blue Devils. As one of those people who despise the Dukies and all they stand for, many people can point to one pivotal moment to where the hate begins: it’s been nearly 23 years since Duke’s Christian Laettner sunk one of the most famous shots in NCAA Tournament history, advancing the Blue Devils to the 1992 Final Four with a game-winner in overtime over Kentucky.
Before that shot, and especially afterwards, Laettner was one of the most despised players in all of basketball. In 2015, ESPN will continue their incredible 30 for 30 series with a documentary titled “I Hate Christian Laettner.” Rory Karpf, who directed “The Book of Manning,” and “Tim Richmond: To the Limit,” will direct the film which is set to premiere on Sunday, March 15, at 9PM on ESPN.
He made perhaps the most dramatic shot in the history of the NCAA basketball tournament. He’s the only player to start in four consecutive Final Fours, and was instrumental in Duke winning two national championships. He had looks, smarts and game. So why has Christian Laettner been disliked so intensely by so many for so long? Maybe it was the time he stomped on the chest of a downed player, or the battles he had with his teammates, or a perceived sense of entitlement. But sometimes, perception isn’t reality.
“I Hate Christian Laettner” will go beyond the polarizing persona to reveal the complete story behind this lightning rod of college basketball. Featuring extensive access to Laettner, previously unseen footage and perspectives from all sides, this film will be a “gloves-off” examination of the man who has been seen by many as the “Blue Devil Himself.”
The film will hit television screens right on time for the NCAA Tournament and March Madness. Check out all the info on the film right here.
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