A while ago, we compiled A Recent History of NBA Players Going Broke list. While it was unintentional, all of the players on the list were African-American. A majority of the players on the "Broke" episode of ESPN's 30 for 30 episode are black as well.
The installment focuses on the financial rise and fall of certain athletes. It's also an installment that NBA Commissioner David Stern finds "mildly racist."
Stern sat down with Wall Street Journal's Lee Hawkins and spoke about his opinions on "Broke":
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.
ESPN caught wind of Stern's comments and responded:
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
It's hard to put ESPN at fault here. Here's a fact: Less than 20 percent of the NBA's highest paid players are Caucasian. Less than 15 percent makes the top half. It would make sense that a large portion of the subjects on "Broke" be black.
Check out the comments at the 12-minute mark.
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[via Black Sports Online]