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Charles Barkley on Zimmerman Trial: ‘I Agreed With the Verdict’
Daily Caller ^ | 7/18/2013 | Jeff Poor

Posted on 07/18/2013 4:31:14 PM PDT by nickcarraway

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.”

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“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.”

Barkley didn’t say Zimmerman wasn’t without fault, but he offered his theory that Martin was an aggressor in the incident.

“Mr. Zimmerman was wrong, too — he was racial profiling,” he said. “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. Like I say, the main thing, I feel bad, but it gives every white person and black person who is racist a platform to vent their ignorance. You know, that’s the thing that bothers me the most because I watched this trial closely. And I watch these people are television talking about it. A lot of these people have a hidden agenda. You know, they want their racist views, whether they are white or black … the bias — it definitely comes out. It was a bad situation. We all lost. And I feel bad for his parents. You don’t ever want to see anybody lose a kid.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: blackkk; charlesbarkley; florida; georgezimmerman; trayvonmartin; zimmerman

1 posted on 07/18/2013 4:31:14 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Charles Barkley: predictably unpredictable.


2 posted on 07/18/2013 4:32:04 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: nickcarraway

So, will the race baiters jump on Sir Charles? He’s a guy who can definitely take the heat - and he has access to media.


3 posted on 07/18/2013 4:34:19 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: nickcarraway

uhm.. I’m speechless.


4 posted on 07/18/2013 4:34:22 PM PDT by griswold3
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To: nickcarraway
"it gives every white person and black person who is racist a platform to vent their ignorance"
5 posted on 07/18/2013 4:35:20 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: griswold3

Im not Sir Charles is pretty much of a black white guy in many of his believes


6 posted on 07/18/2013 4:35:48 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: nickcarraway

I don’t know what it is about Barkley but I have not watched one Suns game since they traded him. They ticked me off! I like the guy.


7 posted on 07/18/2013 4:38:28 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Keep your powder dry.)
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To: nickcarraway
there was racial profiling, no question about it.


Dang, he almost had me.

No Charles, there was Criminal Profiling! Big Difference, Idiot.

8 posted on 07/18/2013 4:38:40 PM PDT by MaxMax (If you're not pissed off, you're not paying attention)
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To: colorado tanker

And could squash the race-baiters like a bug too . . .


9 posted on 07/18/2013 4:39:50 PM PDT by LRoggy (Peter's Son's Business)
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To: nickcarraway

That might be the sanest thing Barkley has ever said. He is always one for surprises, but it’s usually a matter of how far off into the deep end he goes. Not this time.


10 posted on 07/18/2013 4:40:05 PM PDT by cdcdawg (Be seeing you...)
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To: MaxMax

He has to appease the members of the species that look like him.


11 posted on 07/18/2013 4:41:35 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (Inbred, pedophile-worshipping, misogynists (mozlums) offend me.)
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To: nickcarraway
After watching a clip of Zimmerman walking Sanford PD through his actions that night, sans lawyer, I'd say Zimmerman is pretty harmless. It's also clear, from his artlessness (verging on naivete), why Sanford PD declined to charge him with a crime. Here's the 15 minute Youtube clip. At least before the community activists and media outlets got involved.
12 posted on 07/18/2013 4:42:28 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Uncle Chip; maggief; SE Mom

Never thought I’d say it but we need more Charles!


13 posted on 07/18/2013 4:43:26 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then)
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To: nickcarraway

where’s little man Bob Costas.....now afraid to speak up?


14 posted on 07/18/2013 4:45:39 PM PDT by GotMojo
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To: nickcarraway

He’ll be on the talking tour sometime soon


15 posted on 07/18/2013 4:49:55 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: nickcarraway
Charles Barkley is a reprehensible POS. Always has been and he remains one now.

Every time I hear the word “conservative,” it makes me sick to my stomach
~Charles Barkley

16 posted on 07/18/2013 5:04:56 PM PDT by South40
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To: MaxMax
there was racial profiling, no question about it.

I had to stop by a Wal-Mart yesterday and encountered two blacks on separate occasions in the store....yeah, I profiled and was ahem, alert.

17 posted on 07/18/2013 5:11:00 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Rats vs. GOPe = Same train, different speed.)
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To: hoosiermama

See. .the world really HAS turned upside down. I disagree with Dr. Ben Carson and agree with Charles Barkley.


18 posted on 07/18/2013 5:39:06 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: cdcdawg
The sanest thing Barkley ever said was when he was considering a run for the governor's office in his home state (it may have been Arizona at the time). He said one of his campaign promises was that as governor he would schedule a "Justice Week" every year -- during which all of the mutants on death row would be executed in rapid succession.

ROFL.

19 posted on 07/18/2013 5:40:56 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: nickcarraway

The Round Mound of Rebound will be under constant threat now.


20 posted on 07/18/2013 5:58:27 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Incoherently yours, Charles Barkley. Thanks nickcarraway.


21 posted on 07/18/2013 6:03:15 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (McCain or Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: nickcarraway
Just happened to check of the Piers Morgan show. Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson giving old Piers a heavy broadside. Morgan got agitated and tried to talk over the reverend who is black. The reverend really gave it to all and sundry, re the mindless reaction against Zimmerman.
Include the gentleman in with Sir Charles if there is any repercussions. He quoted figures of young black men being murdered by the thousand, since the Travon Martin tragic event.
22 posted on 07/18/2013 6:33:29 PM PDT by Peter Libra
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To: MaxMax

It seems everyone who says the verdict was correct always have to add something that Zimmerman did wrong. And that includes talking heads.


23 posted on 07/18/2013 7:56:55 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (If you vote for evil because you can't see evil, you ARE evil!)
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To: nickcarraway

Honesty is refreshing.. I agree that Zimmerman should of done things differently.. I think anyone with a reasonable mind would agree with that. I think that while he was racial profiling he didn’t really do anything wrong but follow someone who fit the profile of people that were robbing the neighborhood and that profile happened to be of black men. It’s not like they had just robbers in that area and George decided they were black robbers.


24 posted on 07/18/2013 9:04:01 PM PDT by Almondjoy
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To: nickcarraway

Barkley went on to add that he felt the entire affair was “turrible,” before digressing into an op-ed on Kim Jong Il.


25 posted on 07/19/2013 1:45:31 PM PDT by Fedora
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