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Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

Posted on: October 19, 2011 2:16 am
Edited on: October 19, 2011 12:56 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliverbryant-gumbel

NBA commissioner David Stern sat through more than 16 hours of labor negotiations on Tuesday and into Wednesday morning, but the harshest words aimed at him came from outside the bargaining room.

Emmy-winning television commentator Bryant Gumbel closed Tuesday night's episode of HBO's Real Sports with a pointed editorial aimed at Stern, whose league has made little progress in negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement since it locked out its players on July 1.

Gumbel's statement evoked slavery with reference to a "plantation," "boys" and "hired hands". Gumbel and a vast majority of NBA players are African-American. Stern is not. The following is a transcript of his editorial. 

"Finally, tonight, if the NBA lockout is going to be resolved any time soon, it seems likely to be done in spite of David Stern, not because of him," Gumbel said. "I say that because the NBA's infamously egocentric commissioner seemed more hellbent recently on demeaning the players rather than his game's labor impasse.

"How else to explain Stern's rants in recent days. To any and everyone who would listen, he has alternately knocked union leader Billy Hunter, said the players were getting inaccurate information, and started sounding 'Chicken Little' claims about what games might be lost if players didn't soon see things his way. 

"Stern's version of what has been going on behind closed doors has of course been disputed, but his efforts were typical of a commissioner who has always seemed eager to be viewed as some kind of modern plantation overseer, treating NBA men as if they were his boys. It's part of Stern's M.O., like his past self-serving edicts on dress code and the questioning of officials. His moves were intended to do little more than show how he's the one keeping the hired hands in their place. 

"Some will of course cringe at that characterization but Stern's disdain for the players is as palpable and pathetic as his motives are transparent. Yes, the NBA's business model is broken. But to fix it, maybe the league's commissioner should concern himself most with the solution and stop being part of the problem."

Here's the video of Bryant Gumbel's editorial against NBA commissioner David Stern.



These are not Gumbel's first controversial remarks concering racial issues.

In 2006, SportsBusinessNews.com reports that Gumbel had harsh words for then NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue and then National Football League Players Association executive director Gene Upshaw.

"Before he cleans out his office, have Paul Tagliabue show you where he keeps Gene Upshaw's leash," Gumbel said. "By making the docile head of the players union his personal pet, your predecessor has kept the peace without giving players the kind of guarantees other pros take for granted. Try to make sure no one competent ever replaces Upshaw on your watch."

In reference to the 2006 Winter Olympics, NewsBusters.org reports that Gumbel said: "Try not to laugh when someone says these are the world’s greatest athletes, despite a paucity of blacks that makes the Winter Games look like a GOP convention."
Back in March, Minnesota Vikings All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson made a reference to slavery during the NFL's recent lockout.

"It's modern-day slavery, you know?" Peterson said. "People kind of laugh at that, but there are people working at regular jobs who get treated the same way, too." 

Hat tip: ProBasketballTalk
Comments

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2011 3:00 pm
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

Typical racist black person!  I have an idea, the athletes should buy these teams from the current owners, then give the players everything they want.  Wait a year or two and see how many of these new owners want to redo the deal they made.  The players do not risk losing any of their investment (money) running a club that loses money all they do is throw a ball around, act like gang members and collect millions. 



and then cheap shot race pimps likes Gumbal come by firing opinions that no rational person places any credence in except the whores in the media



Since: Apr 25, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2011 2:52 pm
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

Typical racist black person!  I have an idea, the athletes should buy these teams from the current owners, then give the players everything they want.  Wait a year or two and see how many of these new owners want to redo the deal they made.  The players do not risk losing any of their investment (money) running a club that loses money all they do is throw a ball around, act like gang members and collect millions. 



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2011 2:51 pm
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

The race card comes out every week in Washington, why not on HBO. Bryant Gumbel is the token sports talking head on a network that broadcasts no NBA games, no NFL games, no MLB games. This reduces him to irrelevance. So say something outrageous, Bryant, to try to get the real world to pay attention. These offensive remarks reflect poorly on HBO. They would result in instant dismissal for any other race. They further the class warfare and divisiveness in the USA that is fracturing our economy and crumbling our history. Nice work!

David Stern has made a living off of being arrogant, true. But his arrogance is not racial. He is equally arrogant with players of all races and with owners alike. It is his public persona. Obviously it works. But in the CBA negotiations, Stern is taking his cue from the owners. They are tired of losing money. They know that the survival of the league requires a major restructure. The players are acting entitled and insulted when they are being asked to allow future break-even opportunity for the teams. Of course Bryant Gumbel will not likely be getting any off-the-record scoops from David Stern. So he panders to the players who are 'slaves' to be offered only $4.5M per year to spend less than 54 hours per year of actually court time. Just about like Washington D.C? Most of us have to work for a living. Most of us will not earn in a lifetime a single year's average pay for a player. Most of us (thank God) do not think like Bryant Gumbel.



Since: Apr 3, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2011 2:47 pm
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

I wish black people from the 1800s can come back and show these black athletes today what REAL SLAVERY was. It sure as hell wasnt getting paid millions of dollars , driving expensive cars and living in mansions. Well not in the main part of the mansion I'll tell ya that much.


Why does everything need to be able race , slavery etc when it comes to blacks. Its like they cant let it go when none of em that were directly affected by it are alive today.  



Since: Oct 19, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 2:46 pm
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

college is better. Get student loans, go to college, and come out of college with no job, while still having to pay the loan is better! Any job that ones works, is slavery itself. When our bosses decide to lay us off, so that they can make more profit, that is slavery. Why do u think this movement all over the world is about, like occupy wallstreet? They got us fighting each other over that corn feed they throw out!



Since: Nov 3, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2011 2:45 pm
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

Personally, I've never been a fan of David Stern's, despite Bryant Gumbel's latest comments. I've always felt that Stern was more egotistical
as a Commissioner than in any other major sport. He thrives for the limelight and truly enjoys his domain and the type of power that is truly fitting of a dictator in the world of the NBA. Should he not be proud of the accomplishments of the NBA ? Certainly, he should be. However, since he exalts in the NBA's success, many get the impression that he's done this all by himself. Someone in a blog on this subject matter stated that Stern has dropped to the level of Bud Selig as the worst Commissioner in sports. I agree and that's saying a lot when you consider that Selig had a World Series cancelled in the 90's, then had to hype it up again and get public interest back by allowing steroids
and HGH to take over baseball, like the Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa homerun race. Selig has always known about the "Roids and HGH".

But, Stern in not without guilt in many issues, including the pick of Patrick Ewing going to the Knicks to get New York back on track in the NBA. For those of you too young to know or remember, if you watched the NBA draft the year Ewing was selected, it's pretty clear that Ewing
was signed, sealed, and delivered by Stern to the Knicks. It was on TV and I've got the tape to prove it !!! As for the NBA player lockout and
if there is a season to be played, I could care less. Yes, I'm a fan of the NBA, but let's face it, everyone knows the teams that are going to be in the playoffs and, in truth, the only time I get into an NBA game as many others do, is the 4th qtr. Most of the serious play of the NBA
starts in the 4th qtr when the game is on the line. More people would have been outraged if the NFL season was cancelled. That is now America's sport and has been for many years. As for Stern, he has over stayed his welcome and he should have been dismissed a long time ago as the NBA Commissioner.   



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2011 2:40 pm
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

Yup total slaves because they can't go out and play basketball somewhere else!!!!  Totally Agree!!!  We have them cahined to the courts and telling them they must play basketball here.



Since: Oct 19, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 2:39 pm
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

You are soooo right



Since: Oct 19, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 2:38 pm
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

go be a coal miner and get a real job. Oh like the field slaves? Just go deeper into slavery with the rest of us and be as miserable as we are. By the way they are not in the top 1 percent. Some slaves loved their jobs too, like the ones that entertained, like the musiacians and singers, and dancers that the plantation owner treated better than the rest of the salves. Guess what, they were still slaves!



Since: Oct 19, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 2:31 pm
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

How many jobs can one get and say what the owner makes?? Sounds like slavery to me. We do all the work, and the owners get more than half the profits. No wonder this country is in the shape it is in. Guess what, when these same 1 percent take the money you worked hard for,  then make you bail them out, when they dont make the same amont or more. Occupy wall street, Occupy cooperate greed, and take back what we worked hard for. No one but them players are what the industry make their money off all. If thats not the case, take your money and go watch stern and his owners play, and break their ankles, since the players are sooo spoiled. No most are sooo black. Do you think holly wood actors are sooooo spolied. No, but all they do is entertain us, just like basketball players do. They are entertainers who should make the money we pay to see them play, just as actors make their money by us going to see their movies.


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