Friday , Mar , 29 , 2013 Matt Formica

Gottlieb’s comment creates media firestorm, but is it a big deal??

Doug Gottlieb is getting a lot of heat now over a joke he cracked during a March Madness pregame show Thursday night.

Hoopsvibe’s quick call:  I don’t think Gottlieb meant to offend anyone, and people need to lighten up.

Gottlieb, a current basketball analyst for CBS sports, is getting crucified over social media for commenting that he was bringing a "white man’s perspective" to the March Madness pregame show that aired on CBS Thursday night.

The comment, which seemed to catch his four African American co-hosts a little off guard, may not have been the best thing to say on national TV, but it clearly wasn’t meant to be racist, derogatory or prejudice in any way, shape or form, yet Gottlieb is feeling some serious heat about it now.

Many people out there are up in arms about Gottlieb’s comment.  One of those people being ESPN’s Mark May.  May took to Twitter to let his feelings be known after the comment made it across airwaves.

"After Doug Gottlieb’s ignorant comment on CBS he should be canned" May tweeted.  May followed up with another tweet that read, "That type of comment is ment for a bar not a national stage.Nice job Gottlieb I hope all the kids 12 and under didn’t hear it !"

May has a point in that those comments should be reserved for more personal, intimate situations, however; I’m not so sure that’s worthy of a media uproar or being fired as a result.

In a statement released through CBS, Gottlieb apologized by saying, "It was not a smart thing to say and I apologize."

But this isn’t the first time Gottlieb has faced public controversy.  Many people remember Gottlieb as a talented point guard for Notre Dame who led his team in assists, steals and minutes played before getting expelled after his freshman year for stealing credit cards.  It’s also been reported that when he was playing for the Lakers in the NBA Summer League, he had differences with LA coach Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.  Additionally, he’s been trading jabs with Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim in the media that started when Gottlieb criticized Cuse for having an easy schedule. 

So Gottlieb hasn’t been the poster-boy for getting along with people but then again, there’s two sides to every story.

One guy who has come to Gottlieb’s defense in all this is NBA Hall of Famer and one of Gottlieb’s fellow co-hosts, Charles Barkley.  Barkley was one of four African American analysts alongside Gottlieb for the March Madness show, in addition to Greg Gumbel, Kenny Smith and Greg Anthony.

"I know this has nothing to do with the game," Barkley said.  "I want to say something about Doug Gottlieb.  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."

I love Sir Charles.  And he’s made a career saying things that often stir up a crowd.  I’ve always appreciated that he tells it like it is.

I will say it is important to recognize that we live in a world filled with sensitivity and emotion, so it’s always better to stay away from those comments that could bring that to the surface.  But in the end, I think we could all benefit from letting things go sometimes.

But what do you think, Hoopsvibers??!  Should Gottlieb be fired for his comments or should everyone just move on??  Let us know!

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