Doug Gottlieb tried to make a joke during CBS’ broadcast of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night, and he ended up hearing nothing but crickets and Twitter outrage. If he could do it over, I’m sure Gottlieb would take back his comment about bringing the “white man’s perspective” to CBS’ panel of tournament analysts. He later apologized.
“It was not a smart thing to say and I apologize,” Gottlieb said according to the Associated Press.
However, Charles Barkley was not offended. After catching wind of the way Gottlieb was being torn apart on Twitter and other social media sites, Barkley decided to take a few moments to defend his colleague later in the broadcast.
“He made a joke earlier tonight,” Barkley said. “All those people on Twitter who are going crazy, which I would never ever do, listen me Kenny, Greg Anthony, and Greg Gumbel didn’t take that personally so all you people at home who’ve got no life who are talking bad about Doug Gottlieb get a life. It’s no big deal.”
Coming from a guy who has offended more people than probably any analyst on television, that should mean a lot. While I don’t like Gottlieb, I don’t think he meant to offend anyone. It just wasn’t a funny joke.
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