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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 14, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2011 7:07 pm
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

Bryant Gumbel has always seemed to be full of hatred and racism.  He should be held accountable just like everyone else for this type of comment.  His brother seems like a standup guy. 



Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2011 6:59 pm
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

Let em start their own league. Then the can  have 100% of the revenues.



Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2011 6:50 pm
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

Bryant Gumbel has a history of making racist comments. Because he is black, he gets away with it. Racism in any form is bad. Could we please stop the double-standard in America and hold black racists like Gumbel to account?



Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2011 6:50 pm
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

Greg Gumbel is a good guy. Then, there's Bryant. He owes the entire world an apology after that bullshit.

He's the Geraldo Rivera of sports.

LOL. That's cold - deserved, but cold.

Also it's about time the slavery references are strickened in reference to multi-millionaire athletes. It's a disgrace to those who truly suffered 150-250 years ago.


This.



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2011 6:36 pm
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

Couldn't have said it better myself. Tired of hearing about it!



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2011 6:36 pm
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

Couldn't have said it better myself. Tired off hearing about it!



Since: Aug 5, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 6:30 pm
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

DO YOU THINK GUMBEL WILL BE FIRED AS FAST AS HANK WILLIAMS,JR. WAS?



Since: Nov 30, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2011 6:28 pm
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

SLAVERY...SERIOUSLY...I THOUGHT GUMBEL WAS BETTER THAN THAT




Since: Aug 5, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 6:25 pm
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

THESE PLAYERS BETTERCOME TO THERE SENSES PRETTY QUICK.HALF OF THE TEAMS IN THE NBA ARE LOSING MONEY NOW BECAUSE OF SALARIES.ATTENDANCE IS DOWN,INTEREST IS LOW,AND THEY ARE INTERFERING WITH FOOTBALL.BELIEVE ME THERE ARE NOT A LOT OF JOBS FOR 7 FOOT TALL JANITORS THAT PAYS IN THE MILLIONS IF THIS LEAGUE FOLDS.



Since: Aug 5, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 6:16 pm
 

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

WHICH SLAVE MADE $25,000,000.OO PER YEAR?


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