Wednesday, November 9th, 2011 at 10:55 am  |  27 responses

Union Lawyer Jeffrey Kessler Apologizes for ‘Plantation’ Comment

After making the inflammatory remarks during an interview that was published yesterday, Jeffrey Kessler faced anger and pressure from the players’ union, and was forced to apologize today. Per ESPN: “The comments that I made in The Washington Post took place in an interview late at night Monday after a very long day. Looking back, the words that I used were inappropriate; I did not intend to offend. I was merely passionately advocating for the players. I intend to call Commissioner Stern and offer my apologies for the remarks. It is very important that there be no distractions now and that the parties try to make a deal to save the season.’ – Jeffrey Kessler, union lawyer”

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  • http://goingconcern.com.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2011/06/Picture-15.png CubicleWorker

    Back pedalling after a PR fail

  • Ace

    You meant it, and should have stuck by it.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    What is he apologizing for?

  • Mike

    He is apologizing for comparing the current NBA players to plantation workers. It always makes sense to compare the atrocities commited against slaves to a bunch of million dollar athletes. Jeffrey Kessler should deliver an apology for his devisive remarks.

  • http://slamonline.com YKnoT

    It is very important that there be no distractions now and that the parties try to make a deal to slave….I mean save the season.

  • bull22

    not everyone is an ignorant fighting rooster like you jtaylor…

  • Heals

    I understand how it could’ve happened (long day, contentious talks, disdain for Stern, etc.), but he’s paid alot of money NOT to say those things, to be the cooler head. The fact he said it tells me that this, BGumbel aside, has been talked about internally before and is a belief held by many. I guess I’m most upset because it almost puts Stern in a position of sympathy…

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    He doesn’t want to anger Stern because they’re probably somewhat close to a deal, and the players want to be able to negotiate the current offer before the owners offer 47%.

  • Chukaz

    Yeah, he’s sorry he said it out loud. With that said, he’s not wrong

  • Jeremy(Georgia Boy)

    some of ya’ll so damn dumb SLAVERY BASIS WAS ECONOMICS

    But I forgot “mainstream amerikkkans” like to put on the facade That Racism doesn’t exists anymore!

    Dumbasses like @bull22 who is racist himself don’t know any better

    Kessler shouldn’t have apologized………He was keepin it Trill

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The union told him to apologize because talking about race only angers most white Americans, and the union can’t afford to lose anymore white people from their side.

  • bull22

    @jeremy, let me tell you something son, before you call someone a racist get your facts straight. i have stated before on this site that anyone who makes moronic comments like kessler should apologize and that is exactly what happened whether he liked it or not. this is, will be, and has been about one thing only, MONEY… and if you think iam racist read acts 10:34,35. i grew up in the ghetto and one thing i learned well, using ghetto language dont get you no more respect and get issues solved any faster.

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  • bull22

    no matter how many millions you got..

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Bull 22
    “using ghetto language don’t get you no more respect and get issues solved faster.”
    What you wrote and how you wrote it are telling.

  • Jeremy(Georgia Boy)

    @bull22 just because you grew up in the “ghetto” does not mean you know what being black is.

  • Heals

    Allen you’re right. The first thing I thought was not that black players would be offened, but that white fans and executives would be rubbed the wrong way. It’s crazy that in America we’re worried about racial symbolism or analogies (even if poorly articulated) upseting white people. Just back a$$word is you ask me…

  • http://www.forbes.com/sites/prishe/2011/11/09/likely-nba-labor-resolution-will-transfer-250-275-million-from-players-to-owners/2/ Allenp

    Click on name for even more troubling information.

  • vtrobot

    Yeah, the owners wouldn’t be as greedy if every player in the L were white. They proposed letting the white players have the previous 57% of the BPI, right? Biracial players get 54%. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. Yes, lots of racism exists in this fu(ked up world filled with idiots, but seems like more greed in this situation.

  • http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/7207951/ncb-derrick-rose-kyrie-irving-37-other-players-nba-one-year-rule-espn-magazine Allenp

    Nah, the would be just as greedy with white people.
    And they have been in the past, when you study the economic history of this country.
    But, that doesn’t mean that dynamics don’t change when race is part of the equation. But, people either believe it or they don’t at this point.

  • http://Slamonline.com rocksinmypants

    Fuk that. Stand by what you say who cares if it upsets someone? Not like he was lying anyways

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    I mean, what he said is just so stupid. What’s next? Is the NBDL the new Middle Passage?

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    And Allenp, while the article you linked is interesting, all I am going to say is I took it with a grain of salt because the NBA basically called their numbers false and tried to take a major shot at the credibility of Forbes’s info. Idk who is telling the truth between them but someone is off by hundreds of millions, and whoever you agree with has a lot to do with what ‘side’ you are on in the player v. owner argument.

  • Lan

    Everything is appropriate until someone else says it’s inappropriate and then you say sorry and try to take it back. When is anything you say 100% appropriate?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ BETCATS: Well, Forbes has no ulterior motive, no actual stake in assessing the league’s profitability. The owners, on the other hand…
    Tell me who is more likely to lie about the NBA’s finances?

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    Teddy if Forbes did ‘lie’ I dont think it was to push an agenda originally, and I am not even sure if they did it on purpose, but I do think they could’ve published numbers that were not correct. I also think the NBA could be lying. Until the actual numbers are disclosed I am not believing either of them.

  • http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/7207951/ncb-derrick-rose-kyrie-irving-37-other-players-nba-one-year-rule-espn-magazine Allenp

    That is fair BETCATS.
    But if you just crunch the NBA’s actual numbers you can find out the figures for yourself.
    $4.3 billion in total revenue.
    $3.8 billion in BRI revenue
    57 percent goes to the players, which is $2.16 billion.
    4.3 minus 2.16 equals 2.14.
    So the owners earned 2.14 billion with the players at 57 percent of BRI.
    Just plug in each of the percentages previously discussed, 52.5, 50 and 47, and you can figure out exactly how much players will be “giving back” and how much more than players owners will now be earning.