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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, 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, 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

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2011 7:41 pm

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

Gumbel is a racist.  "Plantation owner?"  give me a break!  What a joke.  Hey if the players don't like the NBA they are free and clear to go elsewhere or start their own league.  These guys are millionaires.  That's a fact!  If they are millionaires and not millionaires +, I'm not fealing too bad for them.  If they don't like it, they should leave.  That's the same choice I have with my employer and I am white.  We have white and black people working hard at my office.  The door is always open to leave.  We have white and black people making $30,000/year and nobody is crying "Plantation owners."  Gumbel is a total disgrace.  You make me sick Gumbel.  And guess what?   I will never watch your show again.  My choice pal.  

Since: Oct 19, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 7:35 pm

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

Bryant Gumbel is one of the biggest racist out there.....He couldn't draw an audience on regular TV so HBO hired him...Why is beyond me!

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2011 7:32 pm

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

Wow, as a Seattle fan I didn't think anyone was a bigger idiot then Stern, and then Gumbel opened his mouth. Two of the largest egos out there.

Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2011 7:30 pm

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

Wow. Way to go Mr. Falcon

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2011 7:22 pm

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

who actually cares about the National Basket Ball League

Ummmmmmmm, this is hard one. I give up up! Wait! How about ESPN and ABC? Is that the right answer? 

Since: Nov 1, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2011 7:17 pm
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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2011 7:14 pm

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

Anybody who compares modern day athletes to slaves instantly loses all credibility. Lets keep things in perspective Mr. Gumbel, these are multi-millionaires living in mansions, driving Bentleys, and partying with celebrities all because they play a children's game. They're not being forced to do manual labor and whipped, chained, tortured and murdered.  Oh, boo hoo, they don't have absolute freedom over who they work for and can be traded like a piece of personal property. They can always quit their job as a professional athlete/"slave" and join the rest of society who actually work for a living rather than play a game.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2011 7:12 pm

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

Bryant Gumble is a Blithering idiot period. I know David Stern looks down upon ALL players he does not pick and chose they are his farm hands Stern and his cronie owners are just trying to break the union. There is no need for a fool like Gumbel to put his 2 cents in. Unions and union breakers have been around since 1850 . Just let the owners have their way dont play this year who actually cares about the National Basket Ball League the owners have a lot more to lose.

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2011 7:10 pm

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

I have to agree with most on this issue. But 1st things 1st. B. Gumbel is an a$$hole. Now that I got that out of the way. It's kind of funny how back in the day slaves were paid nothing and forced to work, until Lincoln freed them. Lincoln freed the slaves but racism still exists today. And there are just as many black racists as white racists. And Gumbel is one of the black racists by pulling the race card on something that has nothing to do with him. It takes a hell of alot of nerve to bring out race as an issue when players are being paid $$$$ millions $$$$$. If that's what they pay you to be a slave? I'm all in!

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2011 7:08 pm

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

TANK YOU MASSAH BRYAN GUMBALL!  TANK YOU.  I am one of those slaves you have spoken up for.  I am only makin' seven figures and six of them are zeroes.  I should be makin' 8 figures.  Sure I have a shoe contract and a pension that means I don't have to ever work again and can retire at age 31, but that doesn't change the fact that some great, great, great, great, grandaddy of mine was a slave.  Because  I am paid all this money means I have to live among white people.  It means I even have to hire white people to wait on me because my neighborhood does not allow poor to moderate income blacks into our millionaires' club.  I am embarrassed to live this way.  I hate to use my caller ID to screen calls from some of my other slave-descendant friends and family that wants my help rather than staying of welfare.  It is their God-given right to be on welfare.  I did buy my mom a new house but she is light years from living in my neighborhood.  All of this is because of what David Stern and the owners have done, which is make me so rich I have to be damn greedy so I can continue to live this life-style for another 50 years after basketball. You don't want me to have to sink so low as to live in the "Homes for $250.000" neighborhood my mama is in?  so it is good Gum Ball is taking up the cause of us misunderstood, "We are no damn role models!", NBA stars.  I just heard Shaq wants to own an NBA team in Newark.  Damn it, I am going to have to play another 40 games to afford an NBA team.  I am just a man, what do you want?  I mean, I am just a son of a slave, descendant of slaves, whatever, and you owe me.  Pay me David Stern.  Pay me to ease your conscience.  Pay me and I will not play the Race Card until the refs call me for a flagrant foul.

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