April 19th, 2012
01:06 PM ET
Meet Lamar Hurd.
He's a 28-year-old Oregon native and former pro basketball player who currently works as a TV sportscaster. Not only that, but he's the founder of All In One Basketball, a youth sports organization that, according to its website, aims to "strengthen individuals, families, and communities" through sports.
With a resume like that, Hurd would be a perfect candidate to lead the next edition of the ABC reality series "The Bachelor." In fact, Hurd (with help from his personal assistant) has gone to YouTube to promote his candidacy.
But some say Hurd may have a long road to climb if he wishes to become "The Bachelor." In 10 years and 23 combined seasons of "The Bachelor" and its "Bachelorette" spinoff, neither show has chosen an African-American for the title role.
Earlier this week, two African-American men filed a class action lawsuit against ABC and the producers of the shows, accusing them of intentionally excluding people of color in the casting process.
So what does Hurd think of it all? He spoke to CNN's "Early Start" about the lawsuit, the diversity controversy and his chances of becoming the next "Bachelor" - check out the video above.
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