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Jalen Rose says players hate it when he roasts them but 'appreciate' when he doesn't snitch: "I don’t say where I saw him the night before"

One thing players like about Jalen Rose is that he knows how to keep it on the low
Jalen Rose says players hate it when he roasts them but 'appreciate' when he doesn't snitch: 'I don’t say where I saw him the night before'

Some of us wonder if the former Indiana Pacers star ever gets in trouble for not mincing his words on live TV.

Jalen Rose could be so many things depending on your age. For the old-timers, "Jinx" was a notable member of the University of Michigan's "Fab Five" and one of the best lefty scorers in the game throughout the '90s and early '00s. But for the younger generation, Rose is an entertaining NBA analyst and host who seldom shied away from roasting the biggest names in the sport.

Jalen tells it like it is

If you are regularly looking for some of the rawest and boldest opinions on the recent NBA trends, you've probably searched for Rose's name several times. Some of us wonder if the former Indiana Pacers star ever gets in trouble for not mincing his words on live TV.

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Code of silence

In Rose's line of work, inevitably, some players are not pleased with his comments. But apparently, he hasn't gone full-throttle on roasting these players yet.

Having lasted 15 years in the industry, Rose has also become aware of the stuff some of these NBA stars do off the court. In fact, he even witnessed some of it firsthand. However, he always makes sure that he follows this sort of code of silence where he never talks about it. And apparently, that's one of the things players "appreciate" about him thus far.

"The beautiful thing about athletes is that they appreciate when you show them love, but they rarely tell you that," Rose told GQ in April. "But when you say something they don't like? You the first to know. There are countless people that I may see, break bread with, dap with today. And, all of a sudden, they see something I said about them, I'm on the court, and they givin' me the silent treatment. And I'm a former player!"

"What usually happens, though, and this is what I appreciate, players know I'm only saying a fraction of what I could say," he continued. "They know that. You earn that. Then, all of a sudden, if it's February and I'm on TV and I say something bad about you because you're in a slump, the thing that the player appreciates is that I don't say where I saw him the night before. The beauty in that, though, is I was there too!"

Rose will continue to entertain us with his witty takes on various matters about the game and the players. However, we are now confident he will never be our go-to guy whenever we want to know what our NBA idols do outside the basketball court.

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