Charles Barkley Agrees With George Zimmerman Not Guilty Verdict, Calls Out Media
NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley is beloved by most because of his unwavering honesty. Charles doesn't care how anyone feels about his opinion, and isn't afraid to sound off on any topic. That includes the George Zimmerman case, as Barkley believes the "not guilty" verdict was the right one.
“I agree with the verdict," explained Barkley on CNBC's Closing Bell. "I feel sorry that young kid got killed, but they didn’t have enough evidence to charge [Zimmerman]. Something clearly went wrong that night.”
To be clear, Barkley wasn't defending Zimmerman in anyway, only making a point about the evidence. He explained his perspective in detail to host Maria Bartiromo regarding the Zimmerman case, and details several forms of racism.
BARKLEY: 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 anybody who loses a kid. But if you looked at the case and you don't make it — there was some 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 just 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 the media has a pure heart, as I call it. 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 who 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 when it gets out there in the media because I don’t think the media has clean hands. I don’t think the media has clean hands.
And, like I said, I feel sorry that young kid got killed, but just judging by the evidence, I don't think that guy should have went to jail for the rest of his life, because something happened bad that night obviously.
And let me say, Mr. Zimmerman was wrong to, he was racial profiling.
BARKLEY: But I think Trayvon Martin, God rest his soul, I think he did flip the switch and start beating the hell out of Mr. Zimmerman. But it was just a bad situation. And like I said, the main thing I feel bad for, it gives every white person and black person who is racist a platform to vent their ignorance.
Don't worry, I won't get on a political soap box. To each his own.
Sir Charles doesn't care what anyone thinks, which makes him one of the most loved and hated figures in sports.