Originally posted on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 3/29/13
As we reported yesterday, CBS college hoops analyst Doug Gottlieb got the side eye while making an ill-placed joke about bringing the “white man’s perspective” to a set that included an all black group that included: Greg Gumble, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Greg Anthony. “I don’t know why you guys ask me, I’m just here to bring diversity to this set, give kind of the white man’s perspective,” he said during the show Gottlieb has since issued a statement apologizing. “It was not a smart thing to say and I apologize,” he said. Later in the broadcast Charles Barkley came to the defense of Gottlieb, whose comments got plenty of attention on social media. “I know this has nothing to do with the game; I want to say something about Doug Gottlieb,” Barkley said. “He made a joke earlier tonight and people are going crazy. All those idiots on Twitter, which I would never ever do, all you people at home who’ve got no life and are talking bad about Doug Gottlieb, get a life. It’s over with. It’s no big deal.” I know that Gottlieb was just making a joke and did not mean to offend anyone, but it’s always important to remember that as long as people are discriminated against because of color, racial tensions will always be high and remarks like this will always be offensive to some. Did some people make a bigger deal out of this than there should’ve been?…Yes. Do I think Doug Gottlieb is a racist bigot that was trying to be offensive?…No. But should Gottlieb have apologized for an ill-placed attempt at sarcasim…Yes.
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