CBS Sports’ Charles Barkley defends Doug Gottlieb’s diversity joke (Video)
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CBS Sports NCAA basketball analyst Charles Barkley defended fellow analyst Doug Gottlieb for cracking a joke about bringing a “white man’s perspective” to CBS’ March Madness pregame show Thursday night.
“I know this has nothing to do with the game. I want to say something about Doug Gottlieb,” Barkley said. “He made a joke earlier tonight and people are going crazy. All those idiots on Twitter, which I would never ever do. Listen, me, Kenny, Greg Anthony and Greg Gumble did not take that personally. So all you people at home who’ve got no life and are talking bad about Doug Gottlieb, get a life. It’s over with. It’s no big deal.”
All four of Gottlieb’s African American co-hosts — Greg Gumbel, Kenny Smith, Greg Anthony and Charles Barkley — were caught off guard by Gottlieb’s comments that began CBS’ Sweet 16 coverage for the night.
Here’s the video of what Gottlieb said:
ESPN’s Mark May tweeted that Gottlieb should be fired.
Barkley’s comments quickly ended the firestorm. Gottlieb also apologized.
“It was not a smart thing to say and I apologize,” Gottlieb said in a statement through CBS.