Earlier in the week, NBA legend Charles Barkley said that all of the evidence he had seen and heard led him to conclude the Ferguson grand jury made the right decision after the killing of Michael Brown.
Barkley went on to say that the looters “aren’t black people, those are scumbags” and that “there is no excuse for people to be out there burning down people’s businesses, burning down police cars.”
These comments prompted an open letter from his TNT co-anchor Kenny Smith, which he and Barkley discussed, unusually, at the beginning of the broadcast Thursday night. Shaquille O’Neal also joined in.
Barkley apologized for his use of the word “scumbags,” but otherwise reiterated that he believed the right decision was made about Ferguson.
“People want to hear your opinion, unless you disagree with them. That’s the only thing that bothers me,” he said. “Like, if I would have came out and said — as a black man — if I’d have came out and said ‘all the cops suck,’ all the black people are sayin’ ‘I love that damn Charles Barkley.’”
“Like my grandmother said ‘I’m going to judge everybody by their own merits, black or white, and I’m going to be fair. And some people are going to agree with me, and some people are going to kiss my ass,” he added.
Courtesy of Rare