Charles Barkley: Zimmerman may have profiled, but I agree with the verdict

posted at 10:01 pm on July 18, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

I have very specific and enthusiastic feelings about Charles Barkley. Whether he’s agreeing with my politics, vehemently disagreeing with them, talking crazy, talking smack, or just hawking Right Guard, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again— the man is a national treasure.

Sir Charles is, at turns, hilarious, genuinely thoughtful, and unpredictable in his views. He had something to say about the Zimmerman trial, and what I like about it, is it clearly comes from a man who a) actually watched the trial closely and b) is willing to go out on a limb with a slightly different opinion than some might expect him to have.

NBA legend Charles Barkley appeared on CNBC’s Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo Thursday afternoon and shared his incredibly diplomatic views on George Zimmerman‘s acquittal. “I agree with the verdict,” Barkley told Bartiromo. “I’m sorry that young kid got killed, but they didn’t have enough evidence to charge him.”

Barkley admitted that he did see some “racial profiling” in the case, but said “something happened that changed the dynamic that night.” He recognized what he was saying was “probably not a popular opinion among most people,” but “looking at the evidence” he said he agreed with the jury’s decision.

He goes on to critique the media, which he says does not have a “pure heart” on the issue of race, ignoring racism in some while punishing it in others. “I don’t think the media has clean hands.” Me neither, Charles. Click to watch the whole thing:

Charles Barkley

If I were a mogul, I’d hire Charles Barkley and Dolly Parton to host a daytime TV show. A beautiful, nutty explosion of charm, y’all.

Update: Also, the greatest commercial of all time. “An astoundingly clear gel!”

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Maybe it’s Chrome but clicking the image just links to the same static image.

cynccook on July 18, 2013 at 10:06 PM

It’s Chrome.

Lanceman on July 18, 2013 at 10:08 PM

Unless you mean the first one.

Lanceman on July 18, 2013 at 10:08 PM

M240H hasn’t posted yet?

I am waiting..

Electrongod on July 18, 2013 at 10:09 PM

he’s still a jerk.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 18, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Are you sure he didn’t say “It was a turrable, turrable thing!” ?

questionmark on July 18, 2013 at 10:09 PM

I fixed it. It was something I did with the HTML by accident.

Mary Katharine Ham on July 18, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Scandalous!

I guess Barkley won’t be getting invites to the ‘correct’ cocktail parties any more.

Liam on July 18, 2013 at 10:11 PM

he’s still a jerk.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 18, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Twerp! :D You’re here in real time! :D

cynccook on July 18, 2013 at 10:12 PM

I fixed it. It was something I did with the HTML by accident.

Mary Katharine Ham on July 18, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Thanks! I never miss a Barkley clip.

cynccook on July 18, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Hey Barb!

KCB on July 18, 2013 at 10:13 PM

“I don’t think the media has clean hands.”

…sh!t is hard…to hide!

KOOLAID2 on July 18, 2013 at 10:13 PM

If I were a mogul, I’d hire Charles Barkley and Dolly Parton to host a daytime TV show. A beautiful, nutty explosion of charm, y’all.

The title of the show, really what else … Show Us Your Breasts

TXUS on July 18, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Hey Barb!

KCB on July 18, 2013 at 10:13 PM

Hey! Got ‘sprung’ this morning. *bows before AP*

annoyinglittletwerp on July 18, 2013 at 10:15 PM

he’s still a jerk.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 18, 2013 at 10:09 PM

…*hugs*…

KOOLAID2 on July 18, 2013 at 10:15 PM

he’s still a jerk.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 18, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Who? M240H?

Lanceman on July 18, 2013 at 10:16 PM

I thought he was running for governor of Alabama, or did he change his mind?

SouthernGent on July 18, 2013 at 10:16 PM

There needs to be more Charles Barkleys in the world. ‘Nuff said.

Myron Falwell on July 18, 2013 at 10:16 PM

I agree with the verdict

Genius.

CW on July 18, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Hey! Got ‘sprung’ this morning.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 18, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Welcome back to full time! Sadly, due to the Obama recession, we still haven’t gotten a pay raise.

Liam on July 18, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Lanceman on July 18, 2013 at 10:16 PM

Shut. up.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 18, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Hey! Got ‘sprung’ this morning. *bows before AP*

annoyinglittletwerp on July 18, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Sweet! Congrats! Thanks AP!

KCB on July 18, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Good to see you alt! Welcome home!

Bmore on July 18, 2013 at 10:20 PM

Hey alt, just so you know. Don’t leave out the space in salt water. ; )

Bmore on July 18, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Speaking of profiling…
From the way back machine…

There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery. Then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved…. After all we have been through. Just to think we can’t walk down our own streets, how humiliating.

Jesse Jackson, 1993

marybel on July 18, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Bmore on July 18, 2013 at 10:21 PM

I saw that. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on July 18, 2013 at 10:22 PM

Hiya alt! Good to see you ‘out’ and about!!

It was a long time coming hon, welcome back :D

Scrumpy on July 18, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Hey alt, just so you know. Don’t leave out the space in salt water. ; )

Bmore on July 18, 2013 at 10:21 PM

Ah, but you can still type ‘Salt Water Taffy’ with the spaces.

Liam on July 18, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Barkley can say something like this because he’s big and crazy enough that no one will actually confront him about it. I’d hate to quaff too many beers with the dude, I’ll bet he’s a mean drunk.

Bishop on July 18, 2013 at 10:23 PM

Thanks AP for releasing alt!!

Scrumpy on July 18, 2013 at 10:24 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on July 18, 2013 at 10:22 PM

I thought you might have. ; ) Sorry I didn’t try to hold any conversations with you while you were in limbo. It just looked painful for you from this side.

Bmore on July 18, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Charles Barkley: Zimmerman may have profiled, but I agree with the verdict

I want Zimmerman as a TSA agent..

Why?

Efficiency..

Electrongod on July 18, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Bmore on July 18, 2013 at 10:25 PM

It majorly sucked-but it’s over now.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 18, 2013 at 10:27 PM

; )

Bmore on July 18, 2013 at 10:30 PM

Oh and alt, you may want to bunnysuit up for cozmo when you see him. Lol!

Bmore on July 18, 2013 at 10:31 PM

he insulted san antonio.

can’t do that.

ted c on July 18, 2013 at 10:35 PM

War Eagle, Chuck!

I don’t always feel like saying that after some of your pontifications but I do on this one.

tdau1997 on July 18, 2013 at 10:35 PM

It’s illegal for a civilian to “profile”?

vityas on July 18, 2013 at 10:36 PM

It’s illegal for a civilian to “profile”?

vityas on July 18, 2013 at 10:36 PM

If it is..

I should have been arrested back in 2008…
And then again in 2012…

Electrongod on July 18, 2013 at 10:37 PM

It’s illegal for a civilian to “profile”?

vityas on July 18, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Any woman who has crossed the street to avoid a punk is obviously a criminal. /s

sharrukin on July 18, 2013 at 10:38 PM

It’s illegal for a civilian to “profile”?

vityas on July 18, 2013 at 10:36 PM

It’s not illegal for anyone. ‘Profile’ is simply a bad word on the Left. That’s why children in wheelchairs and little old ladies get groped, too, by TSA despite the demographic of likely terrorists.

Liam on July 18, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Can we please start a boycott of this outrage over a local crime made national by the Race pimp in Chief?

Ugh to the whole Circus it has become.

PappyD61 on July 18, 2013 at 10:40 PM

Barkley can obviously think for himself and has the courage to stand by his convictions—impressive.

Oracleforhire on July 18, 2013 at 10:40 PM

It’s illegal for a civilian to “profile”?

vityas on July 18, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Only when you’re ‘profiling’ someone who isn’t blond and blue-eyed.

Anyone from a civilian on the street to a cop on the beat is at risk for ‘profiling’ someone who 99 times out of 100 is a loyal Democrat in every daily deed even if they don’t give a rat’s bum about politics.

MelonCollie on July 18, 2013 at 10:41 PM

Gotta differ with you a bit, MKH – that Mr. Barkley is a bit of a unique character, his “I am not a role model” commercial hits a bit closer to home.

22044 on July 18, 2013 at 10:50 PM

Hey! Got ‘sprung’ this morning.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 18, 2013 at 10:15 PM

What? By “sprung” do you mean you got acquitted from murder charges or something, like shooting a kid in a hoody after he attacked you?

Or, sprung, as in being released from the rehab facility?

Inquiring minds want to know. ;-)

TXUS on July 18, 2013 at 10:53 PM

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again— the man is a national treasure.

My son met Barkley a number of years ago… and, at the ripe old age of 12 had the guy rightfully pegged as an arrogant jack@ss.

lynncgb on July 18, 2013 at 11:04 PM

Hey, twerp! Welcome back. Aurelio’s on me! 95 here today, and airless. Be grateful you moved, our town banned “assault-style” weapons. F-moor did not. Go figure.

Meh!

herm2416 on July 18, 2013 at 11:07 PM

herm2416 on July 18, 2013 at 11:07 PM

You can still buy ‘em here. Since TX is getting rid of the ‘carry designations’ on the CHLs-I’m considering adding a semi to my arsenal. I’ve heard that there are a few 9mms that don’t require you to be a body builder to use. LoL
*I’ll become proficient before I buy.*

annoyinglittletwerp on July 18, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Charles Barkley is such a racist. Why does he hate black people so much. Justice for Trayvon! /puke

SoRight on July 18, 2013 at 11:28 PM

I’ve heard that there are a few 9mms that don’t require you to be a body builder to use. LoL

Twerpette,look at Springfield’s new XDS in 9 mm. I’ve got the .45 and love it . Compact and light, has the recoil of a .380 in the parabellum.

Of course, you could get a 1911 .. :-)

gatorbait on July 18, 2013 at 11:33 PM

Does he then agree that Holder needs to proceed with civil rights charges because there was racist profiling?

dbrhmccrtr on July 18, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Glad to see you back, alt!

Alana on July 19, 2013 at 12:45 AM

fist city- Loretta Lynn somebody needs to warn Loretta.times have changed and she could end up with a bullet!!

svs22422 on July 19, 2013 at 12:45 AM

Fist City by the Coal Miners Daughter.we might want to warn her that you can get a bullet in the heart for that kind of stuff!

svs22422 on July 19, 2013 at 1:41 AM

O T :

When’s he going to take Walter Williams challenge to go ‘one-on-one’ in basketball?

Maybe Walter is still too young for him.

listens2glenn on July 19, 2013 at 2:23 AM

He didnt profile. He was asked the color of the person. In fact, isnt it NBC that felt the need to change the recording around to make it seem like he was profiling? Tells me he wasnt profiling to start with. This clown isnt God anyway. Who cares what he thinks?

Now lets just see how peaceful the weekend goes with Mr. Sharptons
little rallies and wether he’s a domestic terrorist or not for organizing violence against americans.

johnnyU on July 19, 2013 at 5:34 AM

a) actually watched the trial closely

I’ve noticed that people who did that tend to agree with the verdict.

forest on July 19, 2013 at 7:04 AM

a) actually watched the trial closely

I’ve noticed that people who did that tend to agree with the verdict.

forest on July 19, 2013 at 7:04 AM

Funny how that works.

Jabberwock on July 19, 2013 at 7:40 AM

Glad to see you back, alt!

Alana on July 19, 2013 at 12:45 AM

Thank you. I hope that my stay will be a long one. *snort*

annoyinglittletwerp on July 19, 2013 at 7:41 AM

I thought he was running for governor of Alabama, or did he change his mind?

SouthernGent

An internal poll showed he had too much War Eagle and not enough Roll Tide. Yes, it matters.

Knott Buyinit on July 19, 2013 at 9:44 AM

White Males are constantly being profiled by the left.
But irony is not a word in their vocabulary.

Badger40 on July 19, 2013 at 10:02 AM

While I applaud Mr Barkley actually having a measured and thoughtful response I will take exception to the “profiling” comment. He is, of course entitled to his opinion but this is why he was wrong. This neighborhood in Florida had seen several burglaries hence the need for a neighborhood watch. Several of the burglars had fit the “profile” of Mr. Martin, namely that they were young, black males (don’t know about the whole hoodie thing). If the perps were id’d as black males then it would be logical to assume that a young, black male appearing to aimlessly be walking in the neighborhood after dark would be looked at. Yes, he had a right to be there but so did Zimmerman. I’m sorry that Mr Martin was killed but there is blame to be had on both sides. Here’s the lesson to take away from all this. If you live in a state with concealed carry it is reasonable to assume that the person you are slamming into the ground might just be armed so it might be best if you refrain from said “whoppin” and walk away from the “creepy cracker” rather than beating him because he might just pop a cap in yo azz!

neyney on July 19, 2013 at 10:21 AM

His days at TNT are now numbered.

“We can’t give a voice to someone that has, so obviously, left the plantation”. (prediction-quoting the Al Sharpton-like archtypes, in Alan West-like words)

Carnac on July 19, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Now lets just see how peaceful the weekend goes with Mr. Sharptons little rallies and wether he’s a domestic terrorist or not for organizing violence against americans.

johnnyU on July 19, 2013 at 5:34 AM

Any word yet on where these little rallies are supposed to be? I’m pretty sure that my neck of the woods is safe, and I’m not planning on going any place, but I’d like to make sure that me and mine avoid them if at all possible.

LibraryGryffon on July 19, 2013 at 11:28 AM

You can still buy ‘em here. Since TX is getting rid of the ‘carry designations’ on the CHLs-I’m considering adding a semi to my arsenal. I’ve heard that there are a few 9mms that don’t require you to be a body builder to use. LoL
*I’ll become proficient before I buy.*

annoyinglittletwerp on July 18, 2013 at 11:19 PM

Take a look at the Glock 26 Gen 4 – subcompact, 9mm – I just bought one a couple weeks ago. The Glock Gen 4 models have a double recoil spring that makes them very smooth. In fact I can shoot better with my .40 cal Glock Gen 4 than with my S&W M&P 9mm.

dentarthurdent on July 19, 2013 at 12:04 PM