Bryant Gumbel compares David Stern to "plantation overseer''
During his closing commentary on HBO's Real Sports on Tuesday night, host Bryant Gumbel compared the image of NBA commissioner David Stern to that of a "modern plantation overseer,'' saying Stern treats the players like they are "his boys.''
Gumbel’s overall point was Stern seems more interested in bashing and threatening the players and maintaining a controlling hand over the league than solving the current lockout. Frankly, Gumbel makes a fair point. And no, Gumbel was not comparing the players to slaves.
Gumbel also suggested he knew using the words "plantation overseer'' would cause controversy. He was right. Unfortunately, more attention is being placed on Gumbel's inflammatory analogy than his actual point. That's too bad because Gumbel's point is worth a listen. You wonder, however, if people heard it.