During an interview with Lee Hawkins of the Wall Street Journal, NBA commissioner David Stern called Billy Corben's 30 for 30 documentary Broke mildly racist.
Actually, it's a lot of money for any socioeconomic group. So it wouldn't be fair to think about the image of a poor black kid from the ghetto. That isn't the prototype. The prototype is pretty sophisticated kids who've been guiding their way to get here.
Because so many of them are African American, I viewed the entire story as mildly racist.
This is about part for the course for Stern at this point, and it's more than a little ironic considering his implementation of an NBA dress code that could also be described as mildly racist.
ESPN caught wind of Stern's comments, and responded accordingly.
The Sports Illustrated facts about athletes under financial stress referenced at the top of "Broke" were a jumping off point for a discussion that we believe was productive and balanced about how and why athletes find themselves in financial difficulties
Another ironic part about Stern's comments? Corben reportedly came up with the idea for Broke after Bernie Kosar went bankrupt just weeks after interviewing him for The U. Stern also managed to pass the buck and toss some blame onto the NBA's players union and agents as well. God forbid the young players in the league make better personal choices without having the union and agents holding their hands every step of the way.
I thought "Broke" was mildly boring. Easily the worst 30 for 30 I've seen. The mostly "talking-to-the-camera" format plus the constant bed of music beneath made it very difficult to watch and the stories got extremely repetitive.
@ZackTN You're right, we need 12 more about young black BBall players who died too young. We only had 3 already (Benji, The Guru of Go, Without Bias).
@ZackTN You think showing players making financial decision on the field would be a better way to showcase the issues?
@ZackTN Totally dsagree with you. I found it mildly interesting and compelling. Is it one of their best? No, but I thought it was done well and I like the "talking-to-the camera" aspect, because it's as if the players are addressing you directly.
BTW...Stern is an idiot. A while back, I thought he was one of the better commissioners out there, but certainly not anymore.