Under fire from the Twitterverse and other TV analysts, Doug Gottlieb has issued an apology for his "white man" joke last night.
The former Oklahama State point guard was discussing the NCAA Tournament with four African-American colleagues when he quipped that he's just around to bring the "white man's perspective to the set."
The line didn't exactly go over well, as you can see in the following video:
At first defending the line as a "joke," Gottlieb was forced to be a bit contrite after criticism poured in, most pointedly from ESPN college football reporter Mark May, who Tweeted that Gottlieb should be "canned" and added:
"That type of comment is ment (sic) for a bar not a national stage.Nice job Gottlieb I hope all the kids 12 and under didn't hear it!"
Charles Barkley later interrupted CBS' coverage of the Sweet 16 to stand up for his embattled co-worker, telling viewers on air:
"All those people on Twitter who are going crazy, which I would never ever do, listen me Kenny, Greg Anthony, and Greg Gumbel didn’t take that personally so all you people at home who've got no life who are talking bad about Doug Gottlieb get a life. It's no big deal."
Through the network, Gottlieb then issued a terse statement: "It was not a smart thing to say and I apologize."
Seems like enough, right? We can all move on with our lives now.