Updated: 01/02/2017 11:37 AM | First Published: 01/01/2017 11:38 PM

Ed Martin scandal almost ruined Chris Webber's thriving career

Chris Webber in Sacramento Kings jersey

As a college athlete, Chris Webber was a first-team All-American and led the Michigan Wolverines' 1991 incoming freshman class known as the Fab Five. They reached the 1992 and 1993 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship games as freshmen and sophomores. 

But his fame was short-lived. He was found directly involved in the 2002 Ed Martin scandal which stripped him of his All-American honors by the NCAA. He was found guilty of lying to a jury in the investigation of a gambling operation run by program booster Ed Martin. Despite the ban, Webber attended the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship game between Michigan and Louisville in order to show his support for the Michigan men's basketball team in its quest for a National Championship.

Chris Webber was drafted to NBA in 1993 where he became the only person apart from Magic Johnson to be selected by the Orlando Magic as the first pick overall draft pick as a sophomore. He was immediately traded to the Golden State Warriors where he made an impressive rookie entry with an average of 17.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game making him the winner of the NBA Rookie of the Year Award. But due to his beef with the coach Don Nelson, he used his one-year escape clause in his contract in order to be sent to the Washington Bullets(now Washington Wizards). Due to this, he was referred to as a “cry baby” by many critics.

As a true warrior that Chris Webber is, he was able to play great games and patch things up with coach Don Nelson winning back his reputation as a good guy. Webber was named to his first All-Star team in 1997. Despite his good performance on-court, Chris stirred much drama off court damaging his good reputation again. In 1998, the Wizards traded Webber to the Sacramento Kings for his problematic behavior off-court.