In today’s world of political correctness, jokes related to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and yes, diversity should be left to the professionals. Apparently, Doug Gottlieb didn’t get the memo. On CBS’ Thursday night NCAA pregame show, his first night with co-hosts Greg Gumbel, Kenny Smith, Greg Anthony and Charles Barkley he made an attempt at a joke about diversity with his all African-American team:
Let me transcribe that in case you missed it:
“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.”
Did you see Bryant Gumbel turn away and rest of the team squirm. True to form, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith laughed at this dude who was trying to fit in.
#Fail. Kenny Smith had the best response:
“You’re swimming hard, upstream I might add.”
Gottlieb, who’s new to the team, issued a statement through CBS. According to the Associated Press he stated:
“It was not a smart thing to say and I apologize,” he said.
Charles Barkley, who’s well-known for his off-color remarks, came to Gottlieb’s defense saying that social media outlets need to “get a life” in slamming Gottlieb. He basically dismissed it.
I guess we have to cut Gottlieb a break. He’s new. He was obviously nervous, and given the strength, character and popularity of his co-hosts, he clearly wanted to be an equal.
Gottlieb, leave the jokes to Barkley.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,