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Gottlieb apologizes for awkward quip

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Basketball broadcaster Doug Gottlieb apologized Thursday night, shortly after he commented about bringing "a white man's perspective" to CBS' NCAA Tournament coverage.

Appearing along with host Greg Gumbel and analysts Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley and Greg Anthony -- all of whom are African Americans -- Gottlieb said, "I'm just here to bring diversity to this set, give kind of the white man's perspective."

Gottlieb's colleagues reacted with physical discomfort, and Smith said, "You just jumped right into it. You're swimming hard, swimming hard."

Gottlieb later issued a statement through CBS that read, "It was not a smart thing to say and I apologize."

According to SI.com, Barkley said during halftime of a later game, "Listen -- me, Kenny, Greg Anthony and Greg Gumbel did not take that personally, so all you people at home who have got no life and who are talking bad about Doug Gottlieb -- get a life. It is over with, and it's no big deal."

A former point guard for Notre Dame and Oklahoma State, Gottlieb worked for ESPN and ESPN Radio from 2003-2012. Last summer, he left ESPN for a job with CBS.

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