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Kessler: NBPA treated 'like plantation workers'

Posted on: November 8, 2011 8:59 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2011 1:25 am
 
Posted by Ben Gollivernba-lockout

Here we go again.

Months after television commentator Bryant Gumbel sparked a national controversy by referring to NBA commissioner David Stern as a "modern plantation overseer" -- a comment that NBPA executive director Billy Hunter distanced himself from -- union lawyer Jeffrey Kessler has taken to invoking slavery during the most critical stage of the league's ongoing labor negotiations.

The Washington Post reports that Kessler, like Gumbel before him, made referenece to a "plantation" in a criticism of the NBA's bargaining strategy.

“To present that in the context of ‘take it or leave it,’ in our view, that is not good faith,” Kessler, who also represented the NFL players in their labor dispute with the NFL, said in a telephone interview Monday night. “Instead of treating the players like partners, they’re treating them like plantation workers.”

Kessler's comments, the paper reports, led Stern to call him the "single most divisive force in our negotiations." They are, by far, the harshest criticism levied at Stern by someone affiliated with the NBPA during these ongoing labor negotiations and they represent a stark contrast to Hunter's more subdued response to Gumbel's similar attack on Stern. 

Back in October, Gumbel said that Stern "has always seemed eager to be viewed as some kind of modern plantation overseer, treating NBA men as if they were his boys." He also referred to Stern's opinion of the players as "hired hands."

Gumbel's controversial comments sparked a round of responses almost immediately given that a vast majority of NBA owners are caucasian while a vast majority of NBA players are African-Americans. Shortly after Gumbel's comments were made, NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver said that they were "outrageous." Hunter said that, while Stern is a "hard-charger" in negotiations, he is not racist "at all." Basketball Hall of Famer and TNT commentator Charles Barkley simply called Gumbel's comments "stupid." The Reverend Jesse Jackson warned such talk could make these negotiations take an ugly turn.

Coincidentally on Tuesday, Stern was asked in an interview for his thoughts on Gumbel's comments. "I think that’s just an occupational hazard," Stern said. "If you're the head of the league you take what everyone dishes out."

The Sporting News notes this is not his first explosion. He has recently accused Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen of "hijacking" negotiations and he recently called the NBA's offer to players a "fraud."
Comments

Since: Jul 17, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 1:16 pm
 

Kessler: NBPA treated 'like plantation workers'

Sorry bro, but "plantation workers" didn't have multi-million dollar contracts or free-agency.  After that assinine comment I'm surprised anyone supports the players.  BTW, is there anyone that acually misses the NBA?  After this fiasco I wouldn't mind seeing the whole league fold and watch whiners look for real jobs. 




Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 1:07 pm
 

Kessler: NBPA treated 'like plantation workers'

just guessing from the response's posted here that this attorney didn't get his point across, and as I read the article the only thing I get out of it is he is trying to drag race into the conflict because the players get no simpathy from me based upon this argument.



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 12:22 pm
 

Kessler: NBPA treated 'like plantation workers'

If being a slave means making millions to play a game, sign me up to be a slave, please.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 12:09 pm
 

Kessler: NBPA treated 'like plantation workers'

the owners take the financial risks and get the lion share of the rewards.
that's the name of the game.  if they don't like it, wendy's and mcdonalds are calling it might be the only work most of them are qualified to do.

 Some of these owners act like this isnt an investment. RISK comes with every investment you make. If you sign horrendous players to hundred million dollar contracts then you SHOULD be losing money. You shouldnt get a do-over after the fact. Just as we shouldnt bail out big banks, we shouldnt bail out incompetent NBA owners. The hard line owners are trying to take away the risk. Since when is anyone guaranteed profits just for making an investment. RISK REWARD. You cant get that huge reward without taking on the risk.  Risk means there is a chance you LOSE money. If you dont wanna take that chance, go but T-bills. 



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 12:05 pm
 

Kessler: NBPA treated 'like plantation workers'

what plantation worker makes millions???
the owners should sit Kobe, LeBron, D-Wade, Dirk......
and give them a choice:
A- Take the split we've offered
B- Go find another occupation where you work for 8 months and make millions


Yea the owners arent quite as stupid as you are. They arent gonna challenge the 4 most marketable basketball players on the planet, who collectively generate probably hundreds of millions of dollars for the league, to go find another league to play in.   



Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 12:02 pm
 

Kessler: NBPA treated 'like plantation workers'

what plantation worker makes millions???
the owners should sit Kobe, LeBron, D-Wade, Dirk......
and give them a choice:
A- Take the split we've offered
B- Go find another occupation where you work for 8 months and make millions

the owners take the financial risks and get the lion share of the rewards.
that's the name of the game.  if they don't like it, wendy's and mcdonalds are calling it might be the only work most of them are qualified to do.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 12:01 pm
 

Kessler: NBPA treated 'like plantation workers'

Remember you aren't the only ones that can bounce a ball .



Just as the NBA isnt the only league anymore with a check book...  The owners have every right to put inferior talent out there. We can all bounce a ball. You better not try to charge me $100 a ticket to watch division 2 talent players though...   



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 11:59 am
 

Kessler: NBPA treated 'like plantation workers'

The NBA should give them 3 days to accept this offer, if they declice cancel the whole season and take their time working a new deal out.

I agree. The owners need to be reminded who butter their bread. No players. No league. No profits. 


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Since: Nov 9, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 11:50 am
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Since: Nov 9, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 11:33 am
 

Kessler: NBPA treated 'like plantation workers'

Good for the players.  Some of  the owners are very greedy.  People talk about the players and what they are making, well the owners are raking in  
3x's as much if not more. 
Jordan should be ashamed of himself!!!  Hooray to Bryant Gumbel for telling the truth that most people don't want to face he is so on point. Charles Barkeley is a sell out and should be quiet.

 



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