NBA icon, Charles Barkley, had some choices words for rioters in Ferguson, Missouri. During a Dec. 2 radio interview in Philadelphia, Charles shockingly called the rioters ‘scumbags’ while sounding off on the Ferguson grand jury’s verdict.
Charles Barkley, 51, slammed the people of Ferguson, Missouri, who rioted, following the grand jury’s decision to not indict the white police officer, Darren Wilson, who fatally shot an unarmed black teen named Michael Brown, 18. In his Dec. 2 interview with Philadelphia’s 97.5 The Fanatic, the former 76er held nothing back!
Charles Barkley: Ferguson Rioters Are ‘Scumbags’ — NBA Player’s Radio Interview
The NBA legend rarely holds back with his controversial opinions and his recent radio interview about the Ferguson riots and the grand jury’s verdict was no exception!
While visiting Philadelphia, Charles not only expressed his support for the grand jury’s Nov. 24 verdict, but also shared his disapproval of the riots that erupted in Ferguson thereafter.
In addition to referring to the rioters as “scumbags,” Charles said that, “There is no excuse for people to be out there burning down people’s businesses, burning down police cars.”
Furthermore, in his candid interview with The Fanatic‘s Mike Missanelli, Charles praised police who work in “black areas,” according to the Daily Mail.
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“If it wasn’t for the cops, we would be living in the wild, wild west in our neighborhoods,” Charles said. “We can’t pick out certain incidentals that don’t go our way and act like the cops are all bad. Do you know how bad some of these neighborhoods would be if it wasn’t for the cops?” he asked.
Charles is just one of the many public figures who have sounded off on the Ferguson verdict and subsequent looting.
However, his words definitely strike a different chord than those of Katy Perry, LeBron James, Pharrell Williams, and Olivia Munn — who all got on social media to share their sadness and anger over the verdict, which was announced by Prosecutor Robert McCulloch on Nov. 24.
HollywoodLifers, do you support Charles’ opinion about the Ferguson rioters? Do you think he will face backlash?
— Jordyn Shaffer