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Bryant Gumbel likens NBA commissioner David Stern to a plantation owner

Bryant Gumbel host HBO's 'Real Sports' had some harsh criticism for NBA commissioner David Stern Tuesday likening him 'plantatioverseer.'

Bryant Gumbel, the host of HBO's "Real Sports," had some harsh criticism for NBA commissioner David Stern on Tuesday, likening him to a "plantation overseer."

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Updated: October 19, 2011 4:11PM



Make no mistake which side Bryant Gumbel is on in the NBA labor negotiations.

During his closing commentary on HBO’s “Real Sports,” Gumbel ripped NBA commissioner David Stern, likening him to a modern plantation owner.

The Emmy-award winning host said:

“Stern’s version of what has been going on behind closed doors has of course been disputed, but his efforts were typical of a commissioner who has always seemed eager to be viewed as some kind of modern plantation overseer, treating NBA men as if they were his boys. It’s part of Stern’s M.O., like his past self-serving edicts on dress code and the questioning of officials. His moves were intended to do little more than show how he’s the one keeping the hired hands in their place.”

Stern, who has been the league commissioner since 1984, has remained unusually quiet during the current lockout. However, in recent days, Stern has been making the media rounds and has been quite vociferous in communicating the owners’ stance.

Gumbel took aim at some of Stern’s recent comments:

“How else to explain Stern’s rants in recent days? To any and everyone who would listen, he has alternately knocked union leader Billy Hunter, said the players were getting inaccurate information, and started sounding Chicken Little claims about what games might be lost, if players didn’t soon see things his way.”

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