Comparing NBA players (average salary in 2011: $5.15 million) to “boys” on a “modern-day plantation” is ludicrous on its face. But doesn’t Bryant Gumbel, who did just that during a segment on HBO’s “Real Sports” this week, sound particularly outlandish saying so during the days of Occupy Wall Street and 9 percent unemployment?
Note to Gumbel and professional athletes: If there really is a “99 percent,” y’all aren’t part of it.
(And a note to everyone else: Given the topic, let me go ahead and warn against inflammatory language. You can make your point without it.)
– By Kyle Wingfield