Bryant Gumbel, host of HBO’s “Real Sports,” slammed the National Rifle Association, calling the organization a “curse upon the American landscape” and adding, “I think they’re pigs” in an interview with Rolling Stone.
Gumbel’s comments were in response to a recent segment on the “Eat What You Kill” movement and he noted that that story wasn’t about guns.
“There are a few things I hate more than the NRA. I mean truly. I think they’re pigs. I think they don’t care about human life. I think they are a curse upon the American landscape. So we got that on the record. That said, I’m willing to separate that this story had nothing to do with that. It’s not a gun story. So I would like to think that I would have done it, but I don’t know. Obviously, that was my first experience around killing and guns and hunting.”
“Real Sports” is its 20th season, longevity that is partly attributed to Gumbel’s outspokenness.
“I think more often than not, in what passes for sports coverage, people are preoccupied with keeping the gloves on,” Gumbel said. “Don’t offend anybody. Make nice. So they are conscious of keeping the gloves on. We don’t go into something saying gloves-off; we just say we’re not going to put gloves on.”
The NRA has not returned a call seeking comment.
As for the NFL, Gumbel didn’t hold back there, either. He did admit that he’d like an interview with Commissioner Roger Goodell, though.
Oh, God yeah! And Roger and I – I’d like to say, “are friends,” but maybe “were” is the operative word now. I like Roger, but I don’t think with things like this he wants any part of me. I think increasingly people who have image problems or complications that result from something they have done find a soft landing. […] So Roger Goodell can sit down with the NFL Network, for example, and get asked what color his suit really is.
I grew up believing that the best way to put something behind you was to be seen confronting the issue and answering the questions honestly. Now guys simply get up in front of a microphone and go, “That’s water under the bridge, we’re going forward.” But you never answered anything! Be you Michael Vick or Ray Rice or Adrian Peterson or whoever, you can’t stand there and say, “We’ve done that, I have nothing more to say.” [Expletive]. Jimbo Fisher, for example, down in Florida State, has been able to walk through this entire season without confronting any of the issues. It’s embarrassing. Bill Belichick wants to stand there and be [a jerk] and go, “We’re on to Cincinnati. We’re focusing on Cincinnati.” You know what? [Expletive] you. I’m not going to ask you anything. We’re not going to give you any space.