Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Yassuh Massuh

The NBA season is currently on hold due to stalled player-owner contract negotiations.  HBO's "Real Sports" host, Bryant Gumbel, is extremely upset about the impasse and blames it on NBA Commissioner David Stern:
"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 or the questioning of officials, his moves are intended to do little more than show how he’s the one keeping the hired hands in their place."
But from this it's not clear who Gumbel is insulting more, the white commissioner who plays in his allegory the plantation owner, or the mostly black players who play the slaves.

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