Prince's Chappelle Show Sketch Just Got Realer

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Prince's Chappelle Show Sketch Just Got Realer

Just as skit portrayed, enigmatic artist was actually a really good basketball player.

Published March 5, 2015

More than 10 years ago, Charlie Murphy enlightened us all with his "True Hollywood Stories" sketch about Prince on The Chappelle Show.

The hilarious sketch had the comedian recounting a story about the enigmatic artist killing them in a game of pick-up basketball and then serving them pancakes back in the day. Dave Chappelle infamously portrayed Prince in the skit.

Well, more than 10 years later, that portrayal just got all the more real. That's because, a Minneapolis Star-Tribune reporter recently dug up an old article about Prince's middle school and high school basketball career and it turns out the singer's hoop game was as good as Murphy made it out to be.


"Prince was an excellent player; he was like the sixth or seventh man," his old Bryant Junior High and Central High basketball coach, Richard Robinson, was quoted in the article saying. "He was an excellent ball handler, a good shooter and very short (5-foot-2). Probably with a different group of people he would have been a starter. But, as they turned out, they were probably the best ball team that ever came along at Central. I knew he wanted to be starting and felt he should be starting. He was unhappy and he expressed that many, many times."


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Written by BET-Staff


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