CBS Sports analyst Doug Gottlieb caused a politically correct firestorm Thursday night during the network’s NCAA basketball tournament coverage. Gotlieb joined co-hosts Greg Gumbel, Kenny Smith, Greg Anthony and Charles Barkley on the pre-show coverage and made a joke about the fact that he was the only one on the panel who was not African-American.
“Cream rising to the crop. I don’t know why you guys asked me, I’m just here to bring diversity to the set here. Give the kind of white man’s perspective on things from the point guard position.”
The on-air reaction was awkward to say the least. Watch the deadly moment in full right here:
Twitter reaction from the humorless, politically correct was over the top, including some calling for Gottlieb’s firing:
After Doug Gottlieb’s ignorant comment on CBS he should be canned
– Mark May (@mark_may) March 29, 2013
According to the Associated Press, Gottlieb issued a statement later Thursday night through CBS.