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Charles Barkley on Zimmerman trial: ‘I agreed with the verdict’


On Thursday’s “Closing Bell” on CNBC, former NBA and Auburn University basketball star Charles Barkley sounded off on the George Zimmerman trial verdict with what he called “not a very popular opinion.”

According to Barkley, the verdict was the proper one — but he took it further, criticizing the media for its coverage of racism evinced during the trial.

“I agreed with the verdict,” Barkley said. “I feel sorry that young kid got killed. But they didn’t have enough evidence to charge them. Something clearly went wrong that night. Clearly, something went wrong, and I feel bad for anyone losing a kid. But if you looked at the case and you don’t make it — there was racial profiling, no question about it. But something happened that changed the dynamic of that night. And I know — and that’s probably not a popular opinion among most people. But looking at the evidence, I agree with the verdict.”

“I just feel bad because I don’t like when race gets out in the media, because I don’t think media has a pure heart, as I call it,” he continued. “There are very few people have a pure heart when it comes to race. Racism is wrong in any, shape, form. There are a lot of black people are racist, too. I think sometimes when people talk about racism, they act like only white people are racist. There are a lot of black people who are racist. And I don’t like it when it gets out there in the media because I don’t think the media has clean hands … and like I say, I’m sorry that young kid got killed but just judging by the evidence, I don’t think that guy should have went to jail the rest of his life. But something happened bad that night, obviously.”

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Charles, Thank You!!!

God bless this man!
Telling it like it is. I wish more people of fame had the sense and courage to voice what is real truth.

Racism is the weapon being used on the masses to divide and destroy.


The fact that this is an

The fact that this is an issue...is kind of racist.

What you are saying ism "see, see? A BLACK person says it! He agrees with me! So I CAN'T BE RACIST!"

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"What I'm saying is "see, see?"

"You are a presumptuous a-s-s-h-o-l-e who is trying to put words in my mouth."

Barkley is entitled to his First Amendment Rights too.

I don't believe for a second

I don't believe for a second that the zimmerman thing was racially motivated, and if there was any profiling it was probably that the guy was dressed like a thug and was acting suspicious.

I appreciate Charles' honesty...

His golf swing is horrible, but his heart is true.

Unique perspective

Barkley comes to the case from a unique POV. Hence he's not distracted by the racial overtones cast by the media coverage.

thank you Charles Barkley for

thank you Charles Barkley for having the courage to speak the truth

Did anyone see Juan Williams

Did anyone see Juan Williams on Fox the other day say something like '...these violent tattooed thugs in the NBA... like Charles Barkley...'? And no one else in the segment even did anything but nod in agreement.

Racism. Most NBA players are

Racism. Most NBA players are solid dudes.

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I think his analysis is

I think his analysis is probably the most honest I have heard from anyone and is probably spot on.

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