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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: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2011 9:19 pm
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

Just a ridiculous comment from a racist a-hole.  Did I miss something, slaves were paid millions.




Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2011 9:09 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.



Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2011 9:03 pm
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

i'd say i'd be done with gumbel after this offensive rant but did not even know he was still around



Since: Oct 19, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 9:02 pm
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

The NBA has been a recruiting ground for thugs for years so somebody has to control them. Wait I am white so I cant say that can I oh well guess we need a political figuire or superstar or asswipe HBO talkshow host to talk for us!




Since: Feb 28, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 8:48 pm
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

I am so glad I didn't give a crap about the NBA before this, because now I still don't give a crap about the NBA and Gumbel is an idiotic racist. To compare millionaire players to slaves is about as stupid a thing as I have heard in a long time. Wow, if being a slave is worth an average of 4.8 million dollars a year, sign me up right now. I work longer hours and harder and provide a more valuable service to my community than these morons for about one hundredth of what they make. Shut up and play the next ten years for 4.3 million a year. I hope you can live on 4.3 million a year. If not, come join the rest of us and try to live on 1 percent of that money. That's right. Join the rest of us and take a 99 percent paycut. Either way, I won't spend 1 penny of my 1 percent supporting you spoiled rotten thugs. Hope the NBA goes belly up and all those "slaves" have to get a real job or move to Europe and play. I won't miss ya!!



Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2011 8:35 pm
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

what does bryant gumbel kno bout slavery hes the whitest brother i kno


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Since: Feb 13, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2011 8:32 pm
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Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2011 8:24 pm
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

Cut your HBO and tell them that Malcom X Gumballs is the reason...nothing like a little Free Market Economics to get the attention of a bunch of liberals who employ Jeremiah Wright Gumballs...race pimp



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2011 8:20 pm
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

Sportsmarts, you clearly can not read, and that is a fact.  Why don't you go back and read the quote.  Here it is, since you obviously can't read and probably can't weed through all of those words in the article to find it.  I copied and pasted Gumbels quote:  

"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.

Don't even respond, idiot!

Next topic...  Where is HBO in all of this mess?  Are they going to allow this racist statement here in 2011?  Kick Gumbel off the air, the same way they would boot a white guy for making a racist statement against a black person.  Where are you in all of this HBO?  Do we have different rules for different color people?  I will not stand for this.  Get him off of my HBO subscription, NOW! 



Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2011 8:19 pm
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

Bryant Gumbel is and always will be an ass hat.


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