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Silver: Bryant Gumbel's slavery talk 'outrageous'

Posted on: October 20, 2011 1:49 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2011 2:16 pm
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Posted by Ben Golliver

With his boss under attack and sidelined due to illness, the NBA's No. 2 man decided to punch back.

On Tuesday night, television commentator Bryant Gumbel aimed an editorial at NBA commissioner David Stern and his handling of the league's ongoing labor impasse, evoking words associated with slavery, on HBO's Real Sports. Gumbel's statement included calling Stern as a "modern plantation overseer" and made reference to him treating NBA players as "boys" and "hired hands." Gumbel and a vast majority of NBA players are African-American. Stern is not.  
 
On Thursday morning, NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver provided the league's first public response to Gumbel's commentary.

"I can't speak for David," Silver said. "And only a personal comment: I thought it was outrageous." 

Silver made that brief statement following the NBA's Board of Governors meeting on Thursday morning. Stern was originally scheduled to speak but was sidelined due to the flu.

The New York Post reported that Stern declined comment on Gumbel's statement on Wednesday and noted that Stern has served as an NAACP board member. 

The USA Today reported that television commentator and Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley didn't think much of Gumbel's remarks.

"I thought they were stupid," Barkley said. "Disrespectful to black people who went through slavery. When (you're talking about) guys who make $5 million a year."

Here's video of Silver's comment on Bryant Gumbel's editorial against David Stern.


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Since: Feb 16, 2009
Posted on: October 22, 2011 9:34 pm
 

Silver: Bryant Gumbel's slavery talk 'outrageous'

I dont defend Williams he was wrong but dont make light of Gumbel being a racist as this is by far not the first time he has made racist comments and since he is black he will get away with it as we all know. It is a double standard as Williams music was ended at once and Gumbel will go on with his ridiculous comments. the funny thing is that Stern has proven he is far from racist and the NBA is the proof.



Since: Feb 16, 2009
Posted on: October 22, 2011 9:27 pm
 

Silver: Bryant Gumbel's slavery talk 'outrageous'

nawlins4evah i sure couldnt say it any better...exactly what i was thinking.



Since: Nov 25, 2010
Posted on: October 22, 2011 12:51 pm
 

Silver: Bryant Gumbel's slavery talk 'outrageous'

Bryant Gumbel is an idiot, and a racist in his own right; but he'll never get the ignominy he deserves because the media is terrified of being yet another victim of the damnable race card which has plagued this country for way too long. We have created a double-standard to end all double standards and nobody's got the guts to call it what it is--colossal hypocrisy! 

This man, (Gumbel) has shown his colors (no pun intended) far too often and with arrogant impunity--because he knows he can get away with it. His comment about "white" sports during an olympic event some time back, and several lesser pecadillos in the interim; and now this bombshell. Comparing the plight of the poor slaves who truly were abused, lived in abject poverty (for the most part--some house slaves weren't living in hovels--but their humanity was relegated to that of chattel), subject to beatings resale, and even lynchings, to these extremely well paid athletes who live in mansions, are essentially masters of their own destiny and can write their own checks for virtually anything they desire--is positively beyond obscene and Gumbel should hang his head in shame for such a metaphor--be he won't because he has no shame.

Examples of duplicity and reasons for the umbrage of people with a real sense of justice:  When Limbaugh made the comment about Donovan McNabb while "reporting" for ESPN, he was a one-and-out, gone! And while others may disagree--with good reason. He used the sportscaster's podium to leak in some of his often abrasive political speak. Now however you feel about his politics, the one thing I do know is that bringing that kind of talk into a sportscasting booth is inappropriate and yes, unacceptable; he got what he deserved and all the dittoheads can take their best shot at me--he overstepped the boundaries!--just as Gumbel did--but therein the comparison ends as we know what happened to Limbaugh, and we know what did NOT happen to Gumbel. When one of the least-racist sportscasters on the planet, Howard Cosell, made what I'm certain he thought was an innocuous comment about a runningback making a spectacular run--that one comment cost him his job. The same goes for Jimmy the Greek Snyder and his comment about black athletes. All were potentially offensive comments, the speakers intent notwithstanding--but the outcome of all were not consistent in the least. Snyder, Cosell, Limbaugh et. al, were all canned--Gumbel continues his lame ranting and raving and playing the race card at every opportunity--with impunity. 

Do NOT hold your breath waiting for any apologies, and certainly don't hold it waiting for any punitive action despite the fact that Gumbel has a firmly established track record for having foot-in-mouth disease. The man is a disgrace to sportscasting. When we should be focused on the sport, the event, the real stories and putting events of more than a century ago behind us--to actually allow healing instead of opening up old wounds--this clown is sticking pins in it and pouring isopropyl alcohol over it to suit his own clearly incendiary beliefs and comments. I shall end this commentary as I began it--consider the source:

Bryant Gumbel is an idiot!
 



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: October 22, 2011 12:51 pm
 

Silver: Bryant Gumbel's slavery talk 'outrageous'

if the NBA players are slaves I'm mopre thaan ha[[y yo get paid millions to play a game and get 1st  class accomondations and meals. If I have to jump when I'm told to jumnp so be it. Gumbel is an idiot. i've lost respect for him.



Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: October 22, 2011 1:10 am
 

Silver: Bryant Gumbel's slavery talk 'outrageous'

Well Bryant Gumbel has really out did hisself on this one. Man this is why it s hrd for black people to move forward because we got our own raceholding us down.. I would like to say im sorry that Bryant Gumbel is a black man.. I hate to say that he and i share the same race ....



Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2011 8:29 pm
 

Silver: Bryant Gumbel's slavery talk 'outrageous'

 Bryant Gumbel trying to make himself relevant again. Sad.
 Actually, I didn't realize that Bryant Gumbel was black.



Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 6:36 pm
 

Silver: Bryant Gumbel's slavery talk 'outrageous'

Wait a second, Bryant Gumball is black?



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 4:46 pm
 

Silver: Bryant Gumbel's slavery talk 'outrageous'

If Hank Williams Jr. can get a pink slip for referencing Obama in the context of Hitler, then Bryant Gumble can get one for this.  Somewhere, it has to be recognized that in most public contexts playing the race card is, itself, racist.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 4:23 pm
 

Silver: Bryant Gumbel's slavery talk 'outrageous'

In my opinion, Bryant Gumble is the racist.  When he had to cover the 2002 winter olympics in Norway, he derisively complained that they white peoples' sports.  I have no respect for him, whatsoever.



Since: Jan 13, 2010
Posted on: October 21, 2011 4:14 pm
 

Silver: Bryant Gumbel's slavery talk 'outrageous'

well since gumbel can use slave remarks i guess i can say mine...WIGGER. all gumbel is is a white man with a bit of melanin a generation or two down the line who is white acting, portrays the white personna (its how he got in the biz), and stays as far away from being black as he can until it he can benefit from it....then he is mr. militant malcolm effing farakhan (no disrespect to minister farakhan who think is a good man). gumbel...head back to the plantation you espouse of and tell YOUR slaves to go pick the field....then get your nappy ass out there and help bale it up. two faced perpetraitor.


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