Originally posted on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 3/29/13
Doug Gottlieb made a joke at the start of Thursday night’s pregame show for the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16. It received heavy backlash from people on Twitter, and it probably made the suits at CBS squirm a bit too. In case you missed it, Gottlieb was onset with host Greg Gumbel along with analysts Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Greg Anthony, who happen to all be black. Here is the somewhat awkward comment after Gumbel welcomes him to the set. Cream rising to the crop. I don’t know why you guys asked me, I’m just here to bring diversity to the set here. Give the kind of white man’s perspective on things from the point guard position.” Gottlieb received a bunch of heat, and he attempted to defend himself on Twitter, to no avail. CBS later released a statement from Gottlieb, where he offered an apology: Via LA Times: “It was not a smart thing to say and I apologize,” Gottlieb said. Later that night, during halftime of Wichita State and La Salle, Barkley spoke up in defense of Gottlieb, targeting all those all Twitter that were criticizing him for joke: “Listen — me Kenny, Greg Anthony, and Greg Gumbel [...]
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