March 29th, 2013
09:43 PM ET

"White Man's Perspective" Sports analyst slammed for diversity joke

CBS sports analyst Doug Gottlieb caused quite a bit of controversy Thursday night when after being introduced during the network's NCAA coverage, he joked about being the only white guy on a panel of black former basketball players.

"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," Gottlieb said during the show.

And as the night wore on – Gottlieb's critics started pile on – calling the comment racist and inappropriate.
ESPN's Mark May even tweeted:

The sports analyst later released a statement through CBS saying quote:

"It was not a smart thing to say and I apologize"

But was the joke really out-of-line?

OutFront tonight: Columbia University professor Marc Lamont Hill, CNN Contributor LZ Granderson and political comedian Dean Obeidallah.

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  1. Robert

    This is too much. Give me a break. Too much, too far. Let's look at the important thing in life and stay away from these mental midgets on all sides of he issue no matter what color, race, nationality or ethnicity. Just try to be civil. I still do not understand the problem in this case!!!

    March 30, 2013 at 1:30 am | Reply
    • Grumpyfin

      Totally agreed! Why in the hell else would you have a panel of multi-cultural individuals if the intent were NOT to gain perspectives of each as an individual?!?!?!?!!? As a black man, I can't speak for every black person but I can definitely say that the time has come to stop the nit-picking over crap that isn't important, in my mind.

      April 1, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Reply

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