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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: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 1:53 pm

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

Where is the outrage?

Hank Williams Jr lost his 20+ year GIG on Monday Night Football.

Imus was fired for his comment.

I guess the pecking order is:

1) Black Racists
2) Jews (In this case the Black Trump Card beat the Jewish Trump card)
99) Whites males from the South - Say anything you want about them it does not matter.    &nbs
p;     &nb

Thanks CBS for clearing that up.

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: October 22, 2011 8:26 am

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

it's just more anti-semetic babble by Gumbal who only has this gig because of his race


Since: Jun 17, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2011 6:19 pm

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

tiredofcrap2, you have no clue and need to do research, and you are wrong, you don't have to powerful to be racist, obviously you are. First, the Irish came here through Ellis Island legally, second an Italian mafia member sneezes wrong he gets 20yrs, and third Poland and Russia doesn't share unsecured borders with the U.S. Also, please tell me that you are not saying that  there are no Black people in Civil service, federal, or any other govermennt or city agency jobs. I don't mind you being racist, but at least make some sense.

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 2:31 am

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

Bryant why don't you go tell Curt Flood that todays NBA players are slaves.  You are just trying to get that dinner date with Al Sharpton.  Sad and pathetic.

Since: Feb 13, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2011 8:48 pm
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Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 3:48 pm

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

Why is it that the only time you hear about Bryant Gumbel is when he's putting his foot in his mouth?

Since: Oct 4, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 3:18 pm

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

To trivialize the African-American struggle by comparing a billion dollar business with a slave plantation is as absurd as it is irresponsible.  Gumbel is entitled to his inane opinions, but I am uncomfortable supporting a corporation like HBO that countenances his overt race hustling by its silence.  Bryant Gumbel unequivocally implied that David Stern is a racist and did not offer a scintilla of evidence to support his assertion.  I am sorry HBO, that is not journalism or anything approaching even the minimal standard of decency one would hope they would require of their employees.  What is perhaps more revolting than Gumbel's maliciousness, and HBO's complicity, is the absolute cowardice amongst other members of the media who are so vociferous in sharing their opinions when somebody else's (white) ox is being gored.  Colin Cowhered's obsequious comments today on this issue (yesterday he would not even dare to address it - evidently he had to check which way the wind was blowing) were risible.  "I am not going to comment on Gumbel, but I'll defend David Stern."  Hey Cowherd, why don't you stick that ten foot pole you refuse to touch anything that might remotely offend the sensibilities of the "victim" list on your console with either up your rectum to check and see if you have a pair, or down your mouth and shut up if you are so afraid to call out racism, in whatever form it might exist.  Funny, last week he was quick to say that Hank Williams can say whatever he likes, but ESPN has the absolute right to fire him.  The idea of Gumbel being terminated for his comments was not even broached.  I don't mind if somebody does not want to take it on, follow the safe route, and collect his paycheck.  However, don't boast that you tell it like it is, and aren't afraid to share your opinion - that is a joke.  These guys are a PC scripted as Hollywood or any other money making monolith.  Cowherd of course is just an example of the average media hack and in fairness to him, he is just following the herd (pun intended).  To suggest Gumbel would already be on the unemployment line if he were white is only stating the obvious, the real question is what can be done about this disturbing trend.  Everyday in the country we seem to move further and further away from the truth, or even the ability to have an open debate in the hopes of getting to the truth.  Sad, and very scary.  

Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: October 20, 2011 2:45 pm

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

Wait, Bryant Gumbal is Black??? Seriously, he's the whitest black man on the planet. He said this to get street cred. with the black community. There is no way he'll get fired for this because black people are allowed to say anything they damn well please without fear of retribution.

Since: Jun 17, 2009
Posted on: October 20, 2011 1:38 pm

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

"Wayne Brady makes Bryant Gumbel look like Malcolm X" 

Paul Mooney.

I guess he didn't like Pauls analysis, and is trying to change is rep. So blame him.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 1:33 pm

Bryant Gumbel evokes slavery in David Stern rant

I think a vast majority feels the same about Gumble. Held er, I would encourage you all to share your comments with HBO so they can firebthis no talent hack once and for all! I am writing HBO to tell them enough is enough.

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