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Steve Harvey is coming under fire for making what some people believe was a racially charged remark when he called players on the Golden State Warriors 'gorillas' during a recent appearance on ESPN.
Harvey was guest on the network Wednesday night to discuss Game three of the NBA finals. The television host and comedian made the comments when commentator Stephen A Smith asked Harvey what his hometown team, Cleveland Cavaliers, could do to come back against the Warriors.
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The Cavaliers have yet to win a game in the finals and are at risk of being eliminated.
'You can't stop them,' Harvey responded. 'You gotta outscore them. You can't stop all them boys. They've got too many gorillas on the team. They coming to play, man. They got 800-pound gorillas on their team.'
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At first, Harvey's comments did not draw any criticism. Sports analyst Clay Travis, however, was quick to point out the lack of outrage tweeting that former ESPN host Doug Adler was fired by the network two days after he used the term 'guerrilla effect' to describe how Venus Williams was playing tennis.
'ESPN fired Doug Adler for using the phrase 'guerrilla effect' during a Venus Williams tennis match. Well, Steve Harvey just called the entire Golden State Warrior team gorillas on Cavs-Warriors pregame,' Travis tweeted.
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'Clearly I don't believe Steve Harvey should be fired for this. What I'm pointing out is the insane double standard and lack of context applied in our modern era. If a white comedian had been on ESPN & said the exact same thing his show would probably be canceled & mob would form.
Doug Adler didn't even compare a black athlete to a gorilla, which Steve Harvey clearly did here, and Adler got fired. ****, he didn't even use the same word as Harvey. Absolute madness.'
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