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Billy Hunter: David Stern is 'not racist at all'

Posted on: October 25, 2011 1:21 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2011 1:28 pm
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Posted by Ben Golliverbilly-hunter

They might stare each other down across the negotiating table, but National Basketball Players Association executive director Billy Hunter has NBA commissioner David Stern's back when it comes to allegations of racism.

Last week, Emmy-winning commentator Bryant Gumbel referred to Stern as a "modern plantation overseer" and evoked slavery in describing the ongoing NBA lockout in a nationally-televised editorial.

Hunter came to the defense of commissioner Stern on Monday in a podcast interview with ESPN.com.

"David is a hard-charger," Hunter said. "David pretty much treats everyone the same. Obviously when you've got the set up that you have, a league that is predominantly black and a group of white owners, it may take on a different color or appearance, but I don't think David is racist at all."

Hunter joined other prominent voices in the NBA community who have stood up for Stern. NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver recently called Gumbel's editorial "outrageous" while television commentator Charles Barkley said the remarks were "stupid."

He also expressed surprise that Gumbel's commentary received so much attention. "I didn't think it was going to get any traction," Hunter said. "It was Bryant Gumbel's opinion." 

The Rev. Jesse Jackson said that Gumbel's "exposed a subtext of tension" and that he "pulled the cover off a very sensitive issue." Hunter, though, made an effort to distance himself from that opinion, stating that Gumbel's accusations didn't advance the discussion. 

"It's not healthy," Hunter said. "It's not healthy. It's just the nature of life in America, that's all. People make those assumptions every day. The difference is that we are on Front Street because we're very visible with professional sports, etc. People will make comments and render opinions that move their own agendas."

Asked if he considered Stern a friend, Hunter responded: "We don't socialize. We have a professional relationship, a respectful relationship. I like David. I don't dislike him as a person... The irony is, let me let you in on a secret: David and I are fraternity brothers. I was at Syracuse, he was at Rutgers but we were both members of Sammy -- Sigma Alpha Mu."
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tripingtripo234
Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 6:52 pm
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Since: Apr 5, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 2:58 pm
 

Billy Hunter: David Stern is 'not racist at all'

What Gumbal was stupid.


Bigots come in all colors and from different religions.



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Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 11:36 am
 

Billy Hunter: David Stern is 'not racist at all'

It sounds like Bryant Gumbel looked at his low ratings and wondered what he could do to draw more attention to himself.  Soultion:  Drag out the tired worn out racism topic and beat it like a dead horse.  And it worked.  Look at how many of us are commenting about what Bryant Gumbel said.  Hell, I didn't even know that has-been was still alive, and now he has people talking about him.  Even has-beens still remember a few old tricks.

As far as Jesse Jackson, why is he even being mentioned?  Why does anyone in the news media continue to give this racial extortionist the correct time of day?  Jackson ought to go back to cheating on his wife, and stay out of the NBA negotiations, where he does not belong.



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2011 6:30 am
 

Billy Hunter: David Stern is 'not racist at all'

Whoa, this is worth the price of admission...

Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.
If this "everybody" you speak of consists solely of your fellow KKK members in Asswater, Mississippi, I have no choice but to agree. I'll also assume by "country" you are referring to your trailer park plot because the country I live in (America) is pretty diverse.

The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan
I always thought that the difference between 10 million people and 130 million people was pretty sizable but apparently they both consititute "crowded". The more you know...
How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem? And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?
I'm acquainted with a couple of "psycho black men" who would probably be comfortable continuing to work and live in America instead of getting on a boat and being relocated to a disease ridden, poverty stricken country they've never been to. Most of what you say is downright reasonable though and many thanks for creating two separate profile solely to post your very important opinions on this topic. I can't fathom why anyone would call you a Nazi.




Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 2:21 am
 

Billy Hunter: David Stern is 'not racist at all'

Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.



Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 12:45 am
 

Billy Hunter: David Stern is 'not racist at all'

What is "racist"?

Africa for the Africans,Asia for the Asians,white countries for EVERYBODY!

Everybody says there is this RACE problem. Everybody says this RACE problem will be solved when the third world pours into EVERY white country and ONLY into white countries.

The Netherlands and Belgium are just as crowded as Japan or Taiwan, but nobody says Japan or Taiwan will solve this RACE problem by bringing in millions of third worlders and quote assimilating unquote with them.

Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY white country and ONLY white countries to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-whites.

What if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-blacks were brought into EVERY black country and ONLY into black countries?

How long would it take anyone to realize I’m not talking about a RACE problem. I am talking about the final solution to the BLACK problem?

And how long would it take any sane black man to notice this and what kind of psycho black man wouldn’t object to this?

But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the white race, Liberals and respectable conservatives alike say I am a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews.

They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-white.

Anti-racist is a code word for anti-white.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2011 10:54 pm
 

Billy Hunter: David Stern is 'not racist at all'

Stern is not a racist, but anyone who says he is, IS a racist.......usually the ones who say it, are the ones who are in actuality the true racist !!

It's like the boyfriend/girlfriend who is always accusing you of cheating, when in fact......later on, you find the accuser was the one guilty of cheating !! 



Since: Oct 5, 2010
Posted on: October 25, 2011 10:01 pm
 

Billy Hunter: David Stern is 'not racist at all'

Those are nocuous comments to make in 2011. Unfortunately, he works for the white owners and the employees (players) are predominantly black. If he were a racist, he is the commissioner of the wrong sport. He should be the commissioner for hockey or the PGA!!! 



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: October 25, 2011 9:09 pm
 

Billy Hunter: David Stern is 'not racist at all'

Massa's feelings hurt?  Be nice to Massa  Massa don' mean no harm.


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