Charles Barkley rips NBA’s circus-like social justice initiative
For NBA icon Charles Barkley, the NBA is “missing the point” by concentrating on statement jerseys instead of reforming policies.
Barkley appeared on CNBC’s Power Lunch to share his thoughts on what the NBA has been doing to address the problems of racial equality and justice that have been hounding the country. The league will allow players to wear pre-approved statements and words on their jerseys.
“What’s happening now is we’re turning into a circus,” Barkley said Friday on CNBC. “Instead of talking about racial equality, racial justice and economic justice, we spend all our time worrying about who’s kneeling and not kneeling, what things are being said on buses, what’s being said on jerseys. I think we’re missing the point.
According to Charles Barkley, these initiatives by the NBA might turn into a “circus.” For him, time should be spent on discussing possible reforms than that’s on a player’s jersey.
“We need police reform, prison reform. Those are No. 1 and No. 2 things to focus on. We need the cops, good cops out there policing bad cops …. When we spend time focusing on what’s on the jersey, that’s gonna defeat purpose. My concern is this is turning into a circus instead of trying to do some good stuff.”
As always, Barkley is challenging the status quo. He has always been an outspoken one, never afraid to share his opinions — even if the world won’t necessarily agree with him. If he truly believes in it, then he’ll let you know.