Barkley said during the “NBA on TNT” broadcast that pro athletes should get the first round of the vaccine.
“I think they should let NBA players and coaches all get the vaccine,” Barkley said. “That’s just my personal opinion. We need 300 million shots. Give some thousand to NBA players … NFL players, hockey players … As much taxes as these players pay, let me repeat that, as much taxes as these players pay, they deserve some preferential treatment.”
His co-hosts Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith didn’t think that was a good idea. He didn’t really find any people on his side of the argument on social media, either.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told NBA teams last month the league “would not jump the line” to obtain the vaccines early, ESPN reported.