Skip to comments.Charles Barkley on Zimmerman Trial: ‘I Agreed With the Verdict’
Posted on 07/18/2013 4:31:14 PM PDT by nickcarraway
On Thursdays 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 didnt 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 dont make it there was racial profiling, no question about it. But something happened that changed the dynamic of that night. And I know and thats 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 dont like when race gets out in the media, because I dont 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 dont like it when it gets out there in the media because I dont think the media has clean hands and like I say, Im sorry that young kid got killed but just judging by the evidence, I dont think that guy should have went to jail the rest of his life. But something happened bad that night, obviously.
Barkley didnt say Zimmerman wasnt 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, thats 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 dont ever want to see anybody lose a kid.
Incoherently yours, Charles Barkley. Thanks nickcarraway.
It seems everyone who says the verdict was correct always have to add something that Zimmerman did wrong. And that includes talking heads.
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.
Barkley went on to add that he felt the entire affair was “turrible,” before digressing into an op-ed on Kim Jong Il.
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