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    Charles Barkley said he 'agrees' with George Zimmerman verdict

    Charles Barkley said he 'agrees' with George Zimmerman verdict

    By Joshua Rhett Miller
    Published July 19, 2013FoxNews.com


    • Former NBA player Charles Barkley is seen here in a 2006 photograph. (AP/Stephan Savoia)

      Outspoken former NBA superstar Charles Barkley said he agrees with the verdict in the murder trial of George Zimmerman, but blasted the media for giving platforms to racists to “vent” their ignorance.

      Barkley, 50, gave his assessment on the high-profile Florida murder trial to CNBC on Thursday, saying jurors simply did not have enough evidence to convict the former neighborhood watch volunteer in the 2012 killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

      “Well I agree with the verdict,” Barkley said. “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.”

    “I feel sorry that young kid got killed, but they didn’t have enough evidence to charge him."
    - Charles Barkley

    Barkley recognized his take is “probably not a popular opinion among most people,” but said the evidence pointed to an acquittal.

    “I just feel bad because I don’t like when race gets out in the media ‘cuz I don’t think the media has a ‘pure heart,’ as I call it,” Barkley continued. “There are very few people who have a pure heart when it comes to race. Racism is wrong in any shape [or] form — there are a lot of black people who are racist, too. I think sometimes when people talk about race, they act like only white people are racist.

    There are a lot of black people who are racist. And I don’t like when it gets out there in the media because I don’t think the media has clean hands.”


    Barkley, originally of Alabama, was named one of the NBA’s all-time 50 greatest players in 1993, the same year he won the league’s Most Valuable Player award.

    The 11-time All-Star retired after the 1999-2000 season and then began a successful career as a basketball analyst for Turner Network Television. He has also flirted with the idea of entering politics, announcing in 2008 that he intended to run for governor of Alabama before later changing his mind.

    “Like I said, I feel sorry that young kid got killed, but just judging by the evidence, I don’t think that guy should’ve went to jail for the rest of his life,” Barkley continued. “Mr. Zimmerman was wrong to pursue, he was racial profiling, but I think Trayvon Martin — God rest his soul — I think he did flip the switch and started beating the hell out of Mr. Zimmerman. But it was just a bad situation.”

    Barkley then took aim at unnamed media personalities who allegedly allowed their own biases to show throughout coverage of the murder trial.

    “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,” he said. “That’s the thing that bothered me the most. I watched this trail 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.”

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    Published on Jul 18, 2013
    July 18, 2013 - NBA legend Charles Barkley appeared on CNBC's Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo Thursday afternoon and shared his incredibly diplomatic views on George Zimmerman's acquittal. "I agree with the verdict," Barkley told Bartiromo. "I'm sorry that young kid got killed, but they didn't have enough evidence to charge him."

    Barkley admitted that he did see some "racial profiling" in the case, but said "something happened that changed the dynamic that night." He recognized what he was saying was "probably not a popular opinion among most people," but "looking at the evidence" he said he agreed with the jury's decision.

    He also called out the media for not having a "pure heart" when it comes to race. "Racism is wrong in any, shape or form," Barkley said. "A lot of black people are racist too. I think sometimes when people talk about racism, they say only white people are racist, but I think black people are too. I don't think the media has clean hands."

    Despite Zimmerman's "racial profiling," in Barkley's assessment, "Trayvon Martin, God rest his soul, he did flip the switch and start beating the hell out of Mr. Zimmerman." He added that he "feels bad" that the trial gave "every white person and black person who is racist the platform to vent their ignorance. That's the thing that bothered me the most. I watched this trial closely. 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... They're biases come out."



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