During an interview with Lee Hawkins of the Wall Street Journal, NBA commissioner David Stern called Billy Corben's 30 for 30 documentary Broke mildly racist. 

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.

This is about part for the course for Stern at this point, and it's more than a little ironic considering his implementation of an NBA dress code that could also be described as mildly racist.

ESPN caught wind of Stern's comments, and responded accordingly.

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

Another ironic part about Stern's comments? Corben reportedly came up with the idea for Broke after Bernie Kosar went bankrupt just weeks after interviewing him for The U. Stern also managed to pass the buck and toss some blame onto the NBA's players union and agents as well. God forbid the young players in the league make better personal choices without having the union and agents holding their hands every step of the way.

[Complex Sports]

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