Charles Barkley Slams NBA Gestures, Wants Players to Focus on Real Change

Turner Sports NBA analyst and Hall of Famer Charles Barkley is the latest star to speak out against the NBA’s social justice charade. Barkley spoke with CNBC insisting the NBA’s handling of social injustice will have created more problems than solutions.

“What’s happening now is we’re turning into a circus,” Barkley said. “Instead of talking about racial equality, racial justice and economic justice, we spend all our time worrying about who’s kneeling, what’s being said on buses, and what’s being said on jerseys. I think we’re missing the point.” 

Charles Barkley claims that our focus should be elsewhere. 

“We need police reform, prison reform. Those are number one and number two things to focus on” Barkley said.

Charles expressed disappointment in the way sports have changed over the years. “We are a divided country. Sports used to be a place where fans could go and get away from reality.”

He’s right.

Sports have been hijacked by the mainstream mob to corner every American into change they deem fit. The media and its players have transformed the sports world that acted as a truce between right and left wingers into a place infested with useless hashtags for social media praise.

“People lost jobs and the last thing they want to do is turn on the television to hear arguments about stuff all the time.”

Charles Barkley grew up in a rural area of Alabama with a single mom and two brothers. His journey from struggles to fame exemplifies the meaning of the American dream. Barkley understands the problems of the American people and punts on the obsession with likes and retweets to help influence a real change in his community.

Let’s ditch the hashtags and gestures before it’s too late.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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  1. Barkley was always my favorite player growing up. He was proud to put on the red, white, and blue in 1992 and 1996 and is never afraid to speak his opinion, even if it is not politically correct.

  2. Agreed. I’ll re-post my response from the message boards…

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    He comes from the “Republicans buy sneakers, too” era.

    Kneeling, jersey messages, retweeting fake Hitler quotes…this generation seems too immature to make a positive impact. I’ve been open to them demanding change because they have huge platforms and are viewed as gods within society. 99% of what has occurred just feels like they’re more concerned about their brands than actual change. There doesn’t seem like a plan outside of demonstrations, gestures, and catchphrases. I don’t know how much of that is on the players and how much of that is on the way the media covers things.

    Maya Moore is the one person who tried—and got—something done instead of dividing everyone. The media barely mentions her. Is it because she’s a WNBA player or she’s very open about her Christianity and giving credit to Jesus? I don’t see her getting the headline attention. The attention goes to “not well-known athlete kneels during National Anthem.”

  3. I generally agree with Charles, but police and prison reform are not the top two issues. Single parent households, gang culture, victim mentality, and bullying those that study are much more important.

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