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Jesse Jackson warns NBA lockout could get ugly

Posted on: October 22, 2011 6:33 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver


There is no better indication that a situation has reached a crisis than when reporters start phoning the Reverend Jesse Jackson. 

Love him or hate him, Jackson has a firmly established reputation as a go-to voice when it comes to natural disasters, police brutality and, now, the NBA lockout.

The Washington Post contacted Jackson to get his response to what has been arguably the ugliest week the league has seen in years. NBA commissioner David Stern was called a "modern plantation overseer" by Emmy-winning television commentator Bryant Gumbel and the league's labor negotiations broke down on Thursday amidst direct, nationally circulated charges of lying and greed by the players against the owners.

Jackson's stance was clear: the league is reaching a point of no return and that Gumbel and Stern needed to mend their fences.
“I hope it doesn’t degenerate into names and language that’s hard to take back once it’s started,” Jackson said from his Chicago office late Thursday afternoon. “If it goes down this road, that could amount to irreparable damage. If it goes away from labor negotiations, things could become irretrievable.”

“Bryant certainly exposed a subtext of tension,” Jackson said. “He pulled the cover off a very sensitive issue: how we handle the race dimension of it. And I hope we would not have a my-way-or-the-highway attitude about this.”

“I think [Gumbel and Stern] should have a conversation,” he said. “Bryant is a very level-headed person and very good journalist. I don’t know what pushed him to that level. But I do know we need not massage that pain; we need to resolve it.”

With the federal mediation process failing so spectacularly, it's unclear who will emerge to effect what will need to be a Great Compromise between the owners and players. Putting the acrimony from last week into the rearview will not be an easy process, and it will become even more difficult if and when Stern needs to announce further cancellations of regular season games, something that could come at any time.

The hits to the players' pocketbooks, in the form of lost game checks, are coming right around the corner. Nobody likes to have money taken out of his pocket. How will the players as a whole react? And, then, how will that reaction evolve if the owners continue to refuse to bend in the negotiations?

It's quite possible that Jackson is correct in stating that the negativity is just beginning and major damage could be dealt over the next few weeks and months.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 12:23 pm

Jesse Jackson warns NBA lockout could get ugly

LMAO!!, Your hoping the player dismantle this league? Most of them make Millions a year and practicly live check to check. They WILL sign whatever is put in front of them, the only thing stopping them is the 2% Greddy-ASS elite players that chringe at taking a pay cut from 15 Mil to 14 Mil that Hunter is catering too.  I truly hope you get your wish and the player form their own league, I'll be LMFAO when they all go broke. 

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: October 24, 2011 8:28 am

Jesse Jackson warns NBA lockout could get ugly

Professional basketball and football is a plantation owners paradse with the only difference being, the workers i.e. players are getting compensated albeit unfairly for their labor. 

Without the Dr. J's. Michael Jordans, and Magic Johnsons of the world bringing basketball to new heights in terms of popularity and more importantly via tv deals, no one would watch basketball if it weren't for the African-American players who make the game exciting and worth watching most of the time. 

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 12:27 am

Jesse Jackson warns NBA lockout could get ugly

Look at All the Racist comments here and you wonder why Jackson is now involved. Sterns have All you Racist showing exactly what you are thinking All the Hate would make the Players sign whatever he and the Owners want. NOT! I hope the Players Dismantle this League and try to start their own or play OverSeas. Even Dirk is going back home to play Ball. You Racist deserve every bit of Die and go to Hell!

Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: October 24, 2011 12:06 am

Jesse Jackson warns NBA lockout could get ugly

Jesse Jackson's involved?  Are any of the owners himeys?

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: October 23, 2011 8:41 pm

Jesse Jackson warns NBA lockout could get ugly

Are you fu***** kidding me?  The biggest a**ho(( the world has ever seen.  The most dishonest self-serving idiot of all time who falsely calls himself reverend while getting chicks pregnant using rainbow coalition funds to buy off the lady, and lying about his part in the unfortunate shooting of MLK is now speaking about this?  Doesn't he have some more corporations to threaten, or some political leaders to bully?   That man is one of the biggest snakes out there who could care less about fairness or equality, but wants power and control.  Get him out of this, please. 

Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: October 23, 2011 8:19 pm

Jesse Jackson warns NBA lockout could get ugly

HMMM... messy jesse gettin involved in the NBA thang---how unique.  must be some handouts, free-bees, or SWAG bags about to be handed out--if this pimp shows up.  Only puzzling thing is how he beat fat Al Sharpton to the front of the line--Were would all these smart fellas be if it weren;t for the plantation owners money---i bet i can guess.  "Want to super size that mr"?  Hey Rev--go take care of your illegitimate kids and leave the rest of the world alone--your boy barry has already got the class warfare and racism things under control. as for bryant gumball---HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

A--most know the only reason this fool has his job.

Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: October 23, 2011 3:30 pm

Jesse Jackson warns NBA lockout could get ugly

Didn't Jesse make a stupid slave comment of his own last year? Thanks for coming out Jesse, Mr Gumbel will drive you home now.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: October 23, 2011 11:30 am

Jesse Jackson warns NBA lockout could get ugly

I knew it was a matter of time, until THE Racism Pimp, Jesse Jackson, got invloved. Racism will NEVER die as long as there are people like Jackson stoking the fires and trying to make a volcano out of a dead ember. It's how he makes his living.  

Bryant Gumbel's statements are ridiculous, and he knows was intentional.  He's less a journalist, as Jackson is less a diplomat- than they are sensationalists. Both are just trying to get in the news, and make a buck on the situation. It's non-productive, and sociopathic- it only helps themselves.
Imagine, if there was NO NBA, how much lower minority per capita income would be, and how many more college scholarships would go to kids that actually have the desire and ability to get an education there. Millions more people would be unemployed, and not just the players and media parasites like Gumbel and Jackson making themselves wealthy... Lots of working class people and deserving college students are served because of the NBA.

Maybe Jackson and Gumble need to run for president...Louis Farakahn can be Secretary of Labor...then we can all sit on our arse and get paid to blame (and sue) someone else for our failings...Jews have lots of do Mormons, Gypsies, American Indians, Eskimos, and Anglo-Saxons were that were exploited by Vikings and Romans...Christians by Muslims, Incas by Spaniards, and someone needs to sue for those poor Neanderthals, who were expolited to death by Jesse's ancestors...The problem with that is, you always run out of other people's money, and never solve anything. 

Well, the NBA is all out of money, and us fans don't want to hear how a league that is 90% black, making an average of $5 million a year, where it's EMPLOYEES have on average, 1 year of college and an IQ of 100, is slavery.

It's a tired venue. 

People trying to make the NBA the enemy, are either misinformed, dillusional or intentionally trying to decieve people. Racism, especially in professional sprorts, is increasingly a card dealt from the bottom of the deck, played out of desperation or deceit, to exploit people's ignorance into believing that a shake down is somehow justice. It speaks to lowering the bar, and using the law to support what was argued in the first place, which disrepects everyone invloved.   

Personally, I want the NBA owners to do what they have to do to make sure they make a profit....that way, we taxpayers have a little help paying for those people that want to sit at home and watch the NBA, instead of going to work to help pay for it. 

Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: October 23, 2011 11:29 am

Jesse Jackson warns NBA lockout could get ugly

Slaves......what a joke! The plarers are a joke and no one cares. Back up your threats and go play in a country that cares about overpaid million dollar babies!

Since: Sep 9, 2007
Posted on: October 23, 2011 10:34 am

Jesse Jackson warns NBA lockout could get ugly

Jesse 'who cares what he says" Jackson?  Please. And Bryant is dumber than I thought too.  A plantation where the 'slaves' are forced to work 80 days a year and get paid MILLIONS! Call me indentured and sign me up!  Hell I will take a 60/40 onwer slave split.  Negotiations over!

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