Former NBA star Charles Barkley is speaking out about the Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury’s decision not to indict former police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown, and his views have sparked some controversy.
Barkley, a current NBA analyst, spoke to Mike Missanelli at Philadelphia’s 97.5 The Fanatic the day after the Ferguson decision and explained why he agreed with the grand jury’s ruling.
“The true story came out from the grand jury testimony,” Barkley plainly stated, adding that he had learned of “key forensic evidence, and several black witnesses that supported Officer Darren Wilson’s story for the first time Monday night. I can’t believe anything I hear on television anymore. And that’s why I don’t like talking about race issues with the media anymore, because they (the media) love this stuff, and lead people to jump to conclusions. The media shouldn’t do that. They never do that when black people kill each other.”
In addition to his criticism of the media and those who oppose the grand jury’s decision, Barkley told Missanelli that police distrust could be an issue going forward.
“We have to be really careful with the cops, because if it wasn’t for the cops we would be living in the Wild, Wild West in our neighborhoods,” said Barkley. “We can’t pick out certain incidentals that don’t go our way and act like the cops are all bad. Do you know how bad some of these neighborhoods would be without the cops?”
In terms of the people in Ferguson that took to the streets to riot and cause mayhem, Barkley had some choice words for them.
“They aren’t real black people,” he bluntly stated, according to MRC. “They are all scumbags.”
Check out Barkley’s interview below.