Charles Barkley, who has never been shy to share his opinion on any topic, said that he agrees with the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. The basketball Hall of Famer and television analyst for TNT feels the jurors didn’t have enough evidence to convict Zimmerman in the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
“Well I agree with the verdict,” Barkley, an 11-time NBA All-Star and the 1993 league MVP, said during an interview on CNBC. “I feel sorry that young kid got killed, but they didn’t have enough evidence to charge him. Something clearly went wrong that night — clearly something went wrong — and I feel bad for anybody who loses a kid, but if you looked at the case and you don’t make it — there was some racial profiling, no question about it — but something happened that changed the dynamic of that night.”
Barkley acknowledged his take is “probably not a popular opinion among most people” and slammed the media for giving platforms to racists to “vent” their ignorance.
“The main thing I feel bad for is it gives every white person and black person who’s racist a platform to vent their ignorance,” Barkley, who once had some thoughts about entering the race for governor in Alabama, added.
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“That’s the thing that bothered me the most. I watched this trial closely and I watched these people on television talking about it. A lot of these people have a hidden agenda. They want to have their racist views, whether they are white or black … Their biases definitely come out. It was a bad situation. We all lost.”