On TNT’s “Inside The NBA” on Tuesday, NBA All-Star Charles Barkley mocked women in San Antonio at length for being overweight, much to the glee of his co-hosts, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith.
“What kind of women are in San Antonio?” asked Smith.
“Some big ole women down there,” Barkley said. “That’s a gold mine for Weight Watchers.”
“Why does every conversation about San Antonio eventually come around to [this]?” asked co-host Ernie Johnson.
“They got Spandex in San Antonio?” Smith asked.
“Oh no,” Barkley said. “And Victoria definitely a Secret. They can’t wear no Victoria’s Secret down there, it’s a secret. They wear big ole bloomers down there. They’re not wearing…Aint nothing skimpy down in San Antonio, Shaq.”
“You like the Riverwalk,” Smith asked Barkley.
“That’s a creek! It’s not a river,” Barkley said. “A dirty creek, I might add. Ernie would you eat fish out of there?”
“Nobody eats fish out of there,” Johnson said.
“That’s my point,” said Barkley. “If it was a river you’d eat fish out of there.”
In the wake of the outrage over Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist comments, the conversation can be seen as evidence of casual insensitivity in the NBA.
Annie-Rose Strasser wrote “it does show a general lack of sensitivity on an issue that could be easily avoided,” in a report for ThinkProgress.
Sports reporter and host of ESPN’s “SportsNation” Michelle Beadle responded to Barkley’s comment with a photo captioned, “This delicate flower hails from San Antonio! DOES SHE LOOK LARGE TO YOU, MR. BARKLEY?”
— Michelle Beadle (@MichelleDBeadle) May 7, 2014