Doug Gottlieb has made some moronic statements in his time as a sports activities character. There was that point he was the NCAA Males’s Basketball Match set with Charles Barkley, Greg Gumbel, Greg Anthony, Kenny Smith and determined to go along with this joke reside, on-air: “I don’t why you guys requested me,” Gottlieb stated, “I’m simply right here to deliver variety to the set right here, give the form of white man’s perspective.” There was additionally the time he tweeted out, “retiring trigger rehabbing too arduous is probably the most millennial factor I’ve ever heard. #AndrewLuck”
That gem earned this response from Troy Aikman: “That’s complete bullshit, Doug.”
Considered one of Gottlieb’s most up-to-date horrible takes was in July, about Simone Biles stepping away from competitors. He stated that there’s a double normal in the best way that males athletes are handled on the subject of psychological well being points. He even threw out the outdated “don’t ladies need to be as equals” trope when that’s extra about pay fairness and having accusations of wrongdoing by males taken as severely as males’s denials. Additionally, Biles obtained loads of criticism for her stepping away from competitors through the Olympics.
Gottlieb will need to have been bored since he hadn’t brought on a stir in a number of months so he determined to touch upon Travis Hunter’s determination to vary his dedication from Florida State to Jackson State on early-signing day. His first tweet was “Twitter celebrating a child making an apparent mistake is hilarious.”
Sure, Hunter making the choice to go to the varsity that he wished to go to was a mistake, constructing a relationship with Deion Sanders is a mistake, doing one thing that Doug Gottlieb doesn’t imagine is a good suggestion is all the time a mistake.
Political commentator Roland Martin referred to as Gottlieb out for this, asking him why Hunter was making a mistake.nd, to be truthful, Martin used a false equivalency when citing that Jackson State was 11-1 final yr (within the FCS) and Florida State was 5-7 (in a Energy 5 convention.) Gottlieb’s response was to checklist all the explanations that taking part in for a Energy 5 program is best than taking part in for an HBCU together with this sentence: “HBCU soccer doesn’t have near the identical assist athletically, academically, medically, and so they play an inferior schedule with inferior teammates.”
Whereas it’s very true that HBCUs don’t have close to the monetary assets that predominantly white establishments have in athletics, or in another division, that doesn’t make HBCUs inferior faculties, which seems to be the purpose that Gottlieb is making an attempt to make. Not solely did he say within the first sentence that HBCUs lack the monetary assist of the Energy 5 faculties, however in the second stated after soccer it’s higher to have the Energy 5 alumni community.
For this reason folks can’t merely count on others to respect all of their opinions. I don’t solely disagree with Gottlieb’s opinions on HBCUs, he’s flat out flawed. There are profitable HBCU alums in each single subject, together with medication, leisure, legislation, engineering, politics, and even sports activities. Fortune 500 firms recurrently deliver their recruiters to job festivals at HBCUs to search for promising candidates as do NFL scouts to the soccer group Professional Days.
I might by no means argue that Jackson State has a greater athletic program than Florida State, however there’s no approach I’ll concede that Florida State has a greater total establishment. Particularly to not Gottlieb, who has a protracted observe file of creating statements with out giving them a severe examination. This specific assertion from Gottlieb started pointless and escalated into an insult.
The work that HBCUs do with much less assets is extraordinary. If Gottlieb had merely taken just a little time to study these establishments he might’ve saved himself one other public embarrassment.