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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: May 22, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 3:26 am
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

Bryant Gumbel has always been a jack-ass! I try not to listen his rants at all. His brother Greg, has always been a stand-up guy and very informative.I have always enjoyed his work. Bryant on the other hand is just can't help himself. He is obssessed with race. You know what that makes him!!



Since: Oct 4, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2011 1:52 am
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

Slavery...I hope Bryant takes his tallents to Europe. He has that choice to, as do the rest of these multi millionaire players. Just go to Europe or Africa or Japan. Just go away and tell them the same thing.




Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: October 20, 2011 12:32 am
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

its because they gotta use the slavery/ race card all the time.  losers are losers its that simple.



Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2011 12:20 am
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

I couldn't have said it better. Don't these idiots know that without the small market teams, MANY of them would LOSE their jobs? I think its time for the rank and file players (who still earm MILLIONS) to brush aside the blowhards on top and damand a settlement.



Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2011 12:06 am
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

What he said was TRUE, he did not say Slavery, however like I said before WHO CARES these guys are Millionaires. So if you want to be honest, lets start at the bottom and work our way up! As far as his "plantation overseer" comment yes it is correct. Think about the players can not show any emotion after a Call in Basketball. Could you imagine this is Hockey, Baseball, Football, etc., it could NEVER happen. Stern is an IDIOT and so is Gumbel, he waste his time standing up for Rich Players, when there are TONS of poor people that can really use some help.



Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2011 11:51 pm
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

"Slavery, Slavery"??? Get a clue you dumb idiots, they are PAID for what they do. If they don`t like their current situation, they CAN WALK away, slaves weren`t allowed to do that. There is just NO WAY to respect someone that has these ideas...



Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2011 11:43 pm
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

What he says is TRUE, however WHO CARES these guys are Millionaires. So if you want to be honest, lets start at the bottom and work our way up!



Since: Feb 15, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 11:21 pm
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

What an embarrassment!

Trying to act like you have some greater knowledge always fails. This is hard line negotiations you deflect and attack every angle - Stern and Hunter - are both doing this like every president would.

Bryant Gumbel has proven his inability to understand. Please tell us this was written for you and you only reads the words.

Bryant is no different than Ted Baxter form the Mary Tyler Moore show… what a laughable joke.

If it’s his own words - he should be fired. Similar to Jimmy The Greek making his racial comments, unintentional but they were racial.

Bryant pick your poison… idiot or raciest?




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2011 9:38 pm
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

Where can I sign up to be a slave at several million a year playing a game? How utterly clueless is this classless man. I do not care if you favor the owners or players this is major stupidity.

Idiots like this Gumbel guy are a joke.  Sometimes I believe these people have some serious issues, like a serious mental illness because that's the only thing that would explain using the word "slavery" when it comes to millionaire athletes and how they're treated. That's the only thing that would explain it, a serious mental illness caused possibly by how they were treated as kids or maybe what their families went through? I don't know for sure... but there aren't too many other explanations because smart people in their right mind couldn't possibly call these pampered, multi millionaire and for the most part uneducated NBA players slaves.



Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2011 9:31 pm
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

It's a sad day when a "professional" journalist has to stoop to invoking racism into their commentary in order to draw attention to themselves.  Oh if it was only so easy for a non-minority journalist to imply that "reverse racism" was used against a person of non-color.


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