Source: Andrew Kirell / Mediaite
CBS sports analyst Doug Gottlieb caused a bit of controversy on Thursday evening when he made an awkward joke about being the only white man on a panel of black ex-pro basketball players during the network’s NCAA tournament Sweet 16 coverage.
Sandwiched between retired basketball stars-turned-analysts Greg Anthony, Kenny Smithand Charles Barkley — all of whom are black — Gottlieb remarked: “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.”
Oooookay then. The goofy remark was met with awkward silence for a second or two before his co-panelists let out some chuckles and teased him for “swimming upstream” with such an overeager joke.
While his colleagues ultimately seemed fine with the oddball comment, Twitter users took to the web to brand Gottlieb “racist,” prompting the analyst to respond in kind: “It is called a joke.” But ESPN football analyst Mark May suggested Gottlieb should be “canned” for his on-air comment.
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