Watch Doug Gottlieb make co-hosts cringe
by Chris Strauss, USA TODAY Sports
NCAA men’s basketball analyst Doug Gottlieb certainly made quite a first impression as he joined co-hosts Greg Gumbel, Kenny Smith, Greg Anthony and Charles Barkley in studio for the CBS pregame show Thursday night.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t exactly a comfortable one.
Introduced by Gumbel, Gottlieb made an awkward diversity joke that left all four of his African-American co-hosts shaking their heads.
“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.”
While Anthony scowled and Gumbel looked away, Barkley and Smith awkwardly laughed, with Smith telling him “You’re swimming hard, upstream I might add.”
The halftime show ought to be pretty interesting.
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