Frank's a smart guy, and a smart guy should have been more careful in parsing the past-tense nature of Jalen's comments.
This would be one of the great times in his career for Frank to say that he's sorry, a la Jalen and Grant Hill kissing and making up in the Op-Ed pages of the New York Times or on ESPN.
I'd like to see Beckmann do that, because first and foremost it would be the right thing and the smart thing to do. I'd also like to see Frank do it, because he's a remarkably fine talent on the Michigan football radio network. It would be good for the University for Frank to be more accurate, and that would not involve painting the Fab Five with a broad brush.
I'm forgiving of Beckmann because, let's remember, Jalen brought some of this on himself. Jalen deliberately pushed his filmed comments to the edge. It was frankly brilliant on Jalen's part, if the goal was to promote the documentary. Jalen provoked Grant Hill, just as effectively as he apparently provoked Frank Beckmann. If Beckmann is an old out of touch racist, what does that make Grant Hill? Jalen may be retired as a player, but he has clearly not lost his touch as a provocateur.
And I'm also forgiving of Beckmann, to the extent that there was some serious wrongdoing -- by Webber at least -- that badly hurt the University, that people who have been close to the Athletic Department for the past 10 years+ (like Beckmann) are all too familiar with.