Get ‘Real’ says Gumbel, no one should ever use N-word

By on November 20, 2013
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Charles Barkley (r.) and ‘Real Sports’ host Bryant Gumbel disagree on the use of the N-word.

Charles Barkley says it’s okay for him to use the N-word.

Bryant Gumbel begs to differ.

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Without mentioning Sir Charles by name, Gumbel, in a taped commentary scheduled to air Tuesday night on HBO’s “Real Sports,” says no one should use the word or get a “pass” to “say the word.”

“No matter what color you are,” Gumbel said. “Not once, not ever.”

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Bryant Gumbel (r.) says using the N-word just 'advertises your ignorance'.

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Bryant Gumbel (r.) says using the N-word just ‘advertises your ignorance’.

On TNT’s NBA pregame show last week, Barkley said Matt Barnes, the Clippers forward who was fined $ 25,000 by the NBA for using the N-word in a tweet, didn’t need to apologize to anybody.

“I’m a black man. I use the N-word,” Barkley said on TNT. “I’m going to continue using the N-word with my black friends and with my white friends.”

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Clearly Gumbel doesn’t agree. “Using the N-word says a lot about you and none of it’s good,” Gumbel says. “It just advertises your ignorance.”

Gumbel positioned his comments as a set of guidelines “gleaned from 40 years in locker rooms and 65 years of being black.”

“Being young is not an excuse. The word’s use as a weapon to define, demean and destroy millions of people should never be forgotten,” Gumbel said. “If you need help remembering, check out the new film ‘12 Years a Slave’ and you will never view the N-Word the same way again.”

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