Doug Gottlieb has always had a reputation for being one of the more awkward personalities in sports, and he did his very best to live up to that reputation on Thursday night.
Sitting alongside Greg Gumbel, Greg Anthony, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley during a CBS studio show yesterday, Gottlieb opted to introduce himself to the panel like this: "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."
Barkley and Smith, two guys used to saying mildly outrageous things during their NBA show, laughed the comment off. Gumbel and Anthony appeared visibly uncomfortable, but neither really reacted much one way or the other.
Here is how it went down:
After the fact, presumably realizing how his joke was being interpreted, Gottlieb offered this comment through CBS: "It was not a smart thing to say and I apologize."