Sir Charles Barkley, the former Philadelphia 76ers star, has opinions and he’s never been afraid to voice them, however unpopular they might be.
NBA star Charles Barkley no doubt lost some fans but also gained a lot more when he said the grand jury got it right when they declined to indict Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown and labeled looters “scumbags.”
“The true story came out from the grand jury testimony,” the Hall of Fame forward told radio host Mike Missanelli last week on Philadelphia’s sports radio station The Fanatic.
Barkley went on to say that several black witnesses had come forward and corroborated officer Darren Wilson’s version of the incident, stating that Brown attacked him and went for his gun. Barkley also accused the press of using dubious information to inflame passions.
“There is no excuse for people to be out there burning down people’s businesses, burning down police cars.”– Charles Barkley
“I can’t believe anything I hear on television anymore,” the former Philadelphia 76er said. “And that’s why I don’t like talking about race issues with the media anymore, because [the media] love this stuff, and lead people to jump to conclusions. The media shouldn’t do that. They never do that when black people kill each other. “
Barkley called those who reacted to the decision by rioting “scumbags.”
“There is no excuse for people to be out there burning down people’s businesses, burning down police cars,” he said.
Unlike the protesters who have likened police in minority neighborhoods to an occupying force, Barkley said the black community owes a debt of gratitude to the police force.
“[W]e have to be really careful with the cops, because if it wasn’t for the cops we would be living in the Wild, Wild West in our neighborhoods,” he said. “We can’t pick out certain incidentals that don’t go our way and act like the cops are all bad…. Do you know how bad some of these neighborhoods would be if it wasn’t for the cops?”
“They aren’t real black people,” he bluntly stated, according to MRC. “They are all scumbags.”
Barkley’s words are significantly different from several current athletes who have commented. On Sunday, St. Louis Rams football players Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, Chris Givens and Kenny Britt took the field and raised their hands in homage to the “hands up, don’t shoot,” rallying cry of Michael Brown supporters.
Barkley has always spoke his mind, oftentimes going against what’s considered as ‘popular’. In 2013, Barkley said he agreed with the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., in another case that inflamed racial tensions.
Queue the comments from the liberal left on how Barkley is an ‘uncle Tom’ or ‘sell out’ because he’s talking sense while so many others are instigating or encouraging the rioting nonsense.
H/T: Fox News