NBA Hall-Of-Famer and well-known sports commentator, Charles Barkley defended the George Zimmerman trial verdict yesterday on CNBC’s Closing Bell. Charles Barkley defended the Zimmerman verdict on the ground that the evidence against Zimmerman was not enough to convict him. Charles Barkley also claims that blacks exhibited racism regarding the trial while speaking in this powerful video
Charles Barkley is well-regarded in the sports world for his keen, critical analysis of basketball, as well as world news. Charles Barkley usually jokes around with his analysis, but is unusually reserved in this video interview as he discusses his thoughts on Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, racial profiling, and why he agrees with the Florida jury’s “not guilty” verdict.
Charles Barkley claims that while he is “Sorry (Trayvon Martin) got killed,” that, “(the police) did not have enough evidence to charge (Zimmerman) that night.” Barkley claims that the case did feature racial profiling, but that the media failed to address the trial’s racial overtones correctly.
Charles Barkley claims that Zimmerman did racially profile Trayvon Martin, but that Trayvon Martin himself was also responsible for the incident. Charles Barkley claims that Trayvon Martin, “flipped the switch, and started beating the hell out of Mr. Zimmerman.”
Overall, Charles Barkley sees the entire case as a sad event for America’s citizens – both black and white. Barkley states that trials like this one allows, “every white person and black person who’s racist a platform to vent their ignorance.” Barkley claims that George Zimmerman should not have gone to jail for killing Trayvon Martin, but believes that in the case of the trial, “We all lost.”
Do you agree with Charles Barkley? Not just regarding his take on the verdict, but also regarding his belief that black citizens were racist in regards to the trial? Let us know.