Charles Barkley Mocks NBA For Turning Social Justice Into Circus
Charles Barkley has never been one to bite his tongue. The NBA Hall of Famer and TNT analyst is known for being one of the most outspoken personalities in all of sports, and that trend continued this week.
During an appearance on CNBC, Barkley took issue with how the NBA is handling its attempts to be in tune with social justice. In his opinion, it is largely performative and will do little to impact actual change for the people that it seemingly wants to help.
“What’s happening now is we’re turning into a circus,” he said.
“Instead of talking about racial equality, racial justice and economic justice, we spend all our time worrying about who’s kneeling and not kneeling, what things are being said on buses, what’s being said on jerseys. I think we’re missing the point.”
Barkley did not stop there. After explaining what he disliked about the NBA’s policies, he went into detail about where the focus should actually be.
“We need police reform, prison reform. Those are No. 1 and No. 2 things to focus on. We need the cops, good cops out there policing bad cops …. When we spend time focusing on what’s on the jersey, that’s gonna defeat purpose. My concern is this is turning into a circus instead of trying to do some good stuff.”
The NBA is set to resume play at the end of July. In a symbol of allegiance with various social justice issues, the league has allowed players to put messages on the back of their jerseys supporting various causes. In addition, the message “Black Lives Matter” will reportedly be placed somewhere on the courts.