Former NBA all star Charles Barkley is no stranger to controversy and it appears that he’s right back in the middle of a national debate once again. This time, Barkley made comments that some took to be “pro-cop” and he took some flak for it. [Scroll Down for Full Audio of Interview]
In an interview with Dan Le Betard, Barkley said:
“The cops have made some mistakes; black people have made some mistakes.
We have to sit back and be honest with each other. The cops have made some mistakes, that don’t give us the right to riot and shoot cops.”
Some of Barkley’s fans and Black Lives Matter organizers weren’t too happy with Barkley’s comments and they let him know it on social media. However, Barkley shrugged them off and said “Black people only like you when you say what they want you to say. I’m a big boy. I can handle the heat,” in a subsequent interview with Bleacher Report.
He even doubled down on his comments, saying:
“If it wasn’t for the cops we’d be living in the wild, wild west. It’s not as simple as that ‘it’s always the cops fault’. We as black people have made some mistakes. We’ve got to do better.”
“Cops are important, they’re very significant. We as black people have to do a better job of policing ourselves. The cops have made some mistakes, I think everybody has to admit that, but we can’t as black people, every time something goes wrong think ‘it’s the cop’s fault.’”
Then Barkley actually went a step further and called out some of the current batch of activists, saying, ““The only problem with black people you got too many black people acting like they’re activists and they’re not doing anything to help the black community. They’re part of the problem, not part of the solution. Don’t just get on TV and say you’re an activist.
What have you done to actually enhance the black community?”
“I told this guy, you don’t even want to get into what I’ve done cuz I’m just going to embarrass you. I said I’ve given like $13 million out of my own pocket. He said ‘what?’ I said ‘Yeah, but don’t you worry about it. You ain’t never gonna have that much to give away.’ And he tried to counter me and I said, ‘you can go check my bank account, brother,’” Barkley continued.
“I gave a million dollars to my high school to send black kids to college.
I gave a million dollars to an all black high school in Alabama to send kids to college.
I gave Auburn two million dollars.
I just gave Morehouse in Atlanta a million.
I just gave Wounded Warriors a million.
I gave Hurricane Katrina a million.”
Here is the audio of Barkley’s full interview: