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Even Christian Laettner thinks Duke gets good calls from referees


ESPN’s 30 For 30 documentary “I Hate Christian Laettner” is set to air next week.

If you are one of those who dislikes Laettner or Duke, well, he feels your pain.

On Tuesday, Laettner went on Dan Patrick’s radio show and the conversation turned to the exuberance some Duke players show while drawing a charge.

“I think it started a little bit after my time there,” Laettner said. “But I will be honest with you and tell you even when I watch Duke play today, I’m like ‘Ugh, gosh, did they call a charge?’ Too much. And especially at Cameron (Indoor Stadium), they do get some of those calls. But when it’s a neutral gym or opposing, it’s not quite as bad. But there are times where I’m even like ‘Jeez, did we get this much of a benefit of the doubt from the refs when I was playing?’ And everyone says yes.”

That’s because we were all watching, Christian.

Hat tip to the Washington Post.

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