Charles Barkley On Zimmerman Trial: “I Agree With The Verdict”

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My faith in Humanity has been restored. 2 Min Pls Watch.

CHARLES BARKLEY: Well, I agreed with the verdict. 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. 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, and I know — that’s probably not a popular opinion among most people but just looking at the evidence I agreed with the verdict.

I just feel bad because I don’t like when race gets out in the media because I don’t think the media has a pure heart, as I call it. There are very few people have a pure heart when it comes to race. Racism is wrong in any, shape, form — a lot of black people are racist too. I think sometimes when people talk about racism, they say only white people are racist. There are a lot of black people who are racist. I don’t like when it gets out there in the media because I don’t think the media has clean hands. 

MARIA BARTIROMO, CNBC: I’m glad you made that point.

BARKLEY: Obviously I feel sorry that young kid got killed but just judging by the evidence, I don’t think that guy should have went to jail the rest of his life. Something happened bad that night, obviously.

BARTIROMO: I like what the juror said, they both should have walked away. And if there is a shadow of a doubt, there is a shadow of a doubt.

BARKLEY: And let me tell you, Mr. Zimmerman was wrong to pursue — he was racial profiling. 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. And like I said, the main thing I feel bad for, it gives every black and white person who is racist a platform to vent their ignorance. 

That’s the thing that bothers me the most because I watched this trial closely and I watch all these people are television talking about it. A lot of people have a hidden agenda. You know, they want their racist views, whether they are white or black —

BARTIROMO: The bias comes out.

BARKLEY: The bias, it definitely comes out. It was a bad situation, we all lost. And I feel bad for his parents. You don’t ever want to see anybody lose a kid. (CNBC Closing Bell, July 18, 2013)


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0 responses to “Charles Barkley On Zimmerman Trial: “I Agree With The Verdict”

  1. Wow! Charles is definitely my hero. He has had the courage to admit what many black people won’t–there is prejudice among black people, not just white people. I certainly hope that Barkley won’t be subjected to a backlash by the African-American community. Personally, I judge people by how they act; “if someone be wearin’ they pants down around the bottom of they butts” then chances are pretty good I don’t want to know them, but if they act in a manner that is respectful, and indicates that they adhere to socially acceptable norms–then probably I will be more than happy to associate with them. I apply this same standard to Whites, Blacks, Asians, Native Americans, Hispanics, etc.

  2. The voice of reason! How great to hear this statement from Charles Barkley!

  3. Auntie and TD, I swear I was ready to jump off a cliff with it being so bizarre.
    I know we get it here, but I am so glad to know that at least one person…just one, knows it was about facts, Racism can be black and the media fuels it.
    And this just in from Cosby..

  4. Reblogged this on Just Another Ordinary Day and commented:
    Reblogged from one of my favorite blogs: Fellowship of the Mind.

  5. There have been too few balanced, sane commentaries on this; his is definitely of of the very best, IMO.


    Mr. Barkley you are a very honest and couragous man to exhibit these contrevesal views.  It IS traggic when we have a pers

  7. Charles Barkley is merely one of many people in history who have exhibited the debilitating symptoms of the “Stockholm Syndrome”.
    I assure you that Charles doesn’t know what that implies; which is why though he has the right to think and say what he pleases, he probably should keep his social commentary to himself.
    The fact that Charles “has been” a great basketball player and paid multi-millions of dollars to do so is incontrovertible. However, the very manner in which he conducted himself during his career often found him defending his bullish, unruly, and often non-conformist behavior in statements such as “I ain’t no damn role-model.
    It strikes me as quite ironic that those applauding Barkley’s views on the Zimmerman fiasco rush headlong to denigrate the statements of this nation’s first African/American president on the same issue.
    Again, forget the race of the protagonists; should a lawfully behaving teenager, walking home in the dark, followed by an unknown man in a car for sure, and likely on foot also, have the right in any state in America to face the threat and defend himself… with nothing more than his hands?
    You all know the answer, and so does your new hero Charles Barkley.

    Finally, and based on previous comments, I’m sure you all are glad. Charles Barkley is definitely a top 50 basketball player, but folks you should all be careful of who you grab on to as representative of your position on this matter. Factually Barkley is currently an often bitter “has been” who is still raking it in for his buffoonish commentary on the NBA. I will still watch his Emmy winning efforts on TNT because his foolishness is often funny. Funny like Jim Carey funny, very much unlike maybe Robin Williams or George Carlin funny. Charles is simply a well paid buffoon without an independent thought in his head.
    True North on Charles Barkley’s moral compass points directly to dollar bills and, it needs to with his spending habits. He will say what he needs to in order to get your money and, he’s getting it. For the record; I’m as “Black” as Barkley was when he was in Leeds, Al.

    no justice;
    NO peace.

  8. I posted a response to this one-sided flagellation and, though it was respectful and grammatically correct, it was deleted in less than 10 min. I did however pass on all of your comments AND mine to a forum that is actually fair minded. I suggest you all do the same.
    This one will likely be deleted also… thus, you all and I now know what you’re dealing with… COME OUT FROM UNDER THE DOME!
    no Justice

    • to the moderator;
      I apologize for this comment, “COME OUT FROM UNDER THE DOME!”. At the time I wrote it my original comment had changed status from under review to, no longer on the page. Thank you for allowing a differing point of view.

  9. Nunyodam…nice ebonics. Tells me all I need to know.
    You’re just another racist among many.
    Did you even bother to watch the trial? Answer me that truthfully and maybe we can have a discussion. If not back to spam.

    PS, Just what Justice are you looking for? And if you don’t get it is that a threat of mob violence…yet again.?

    Steve. Admin, Co – Founder, and general all around crank ass.

    • This response is specifically to Steve and not directed to any other person. Period.
      First, “Ebonics”, come on man, at least know the meaning of your baseless castigations.
      Since you chose to pounce I’m going to allow myself this one and only response to a petty, baseless attack. All future uninformed attacks will go unanswered.
      Now, to your only intelligible question; yes I forced myself to endure this trial, the web based version, without all of the politically correct attempts to block views of the evidence and the omitted verbiage that most people were fed through cable news channels. (Ebonics)? yeah, right; are you keeping up?

      “Racist”… come on man.
      Since you have no clue to whom you address your juvenile comments I’ll take just to a moment to enlighten you. Though born in the known “pit of racial disharmony”, Jackson, MS. I have lived in 3 different countries. In one of them I served as a commissioned officer with the specialty of Nuclear Weapons Officer. I have formed and maintained meaningful relationships with many well meaning individuals of several ethnicities, hell, I was once even engaged to a Caucasian woman whose whole family would laugh out loud at your referring to me as a racist… But, they know me you poor pitiful slug, you don’t.
      I have addressed your pettiness with much more dignity than your comments deserve, especially coming from a venue called “Fellowship of the minds”. Problem is I view myself as moderately conservative and I have begun to question my association with the ignorance you portray here. Though I refuse to plummet to your depth of depravity you should know that I can, and I would love to, but only in your presence. I fear no human and would love to show you just that…
      On the other hand, I honestly believe that all humans deserve the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness… even 16 yr. old brown boys who want a bag of skittles and an Arizona Ice Tea. That is “justice” to me.
      Son, what you don’t know CAN hurt you but, what you REFUSE to know will kill you graveyard dead; like cancer or even racism clothed in false conservatism…
      Because “Karma” is; I have no worry about either you or Zimmerman…
      NO human can control the tides of life, what you carelessly throw out there will come back to you. Or, as another conservatively dubbed racist, Jeremiah Wright, once said… “the chickens will come HOME to roost”…
      I keep my life on the up and up; you, on the other hand, should keep a futile 360 degree shield up. And hope dude, yes, hope!

      • On the other hand, I honestly believe that all humans deserve the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness… even 16 yr. old brown boys who want a bag of skittles and an Arizona Ice Tea.

        Does that extend to dope-smoking 17 yo men that repeatedly bash someone’s head onto a concrete sidewalk while telling that person they are going to die tonight?


      • Wassa matter, spineless pussy?

        Can’t handle more than one line of criticism at a time?

        Why am I not surprised?

        Wanna take me on?

        I’ll stomp your limp d*ck so deep into the dirt, nobody will ever find it.

        Not even you.

        But be sure to go ahead and take your best shot, dumbMass.


      • Nunya, Thank you for your service.
        Now you talk a lot, but I asked if you watched the trial. What’s the
        “Web Based” Version”? Did they stream the trial on the web?
        Because if you saw the same trial I did and more importantly the jurors then how can you say Zimm is Guilty. There is only one way.
        Thru a preconceived notion. You had your racial glasses on.
        I’ll never convince you and you will never admit it.
        White people are sick of being called racist. White people do not go out and riot.
        There are more blacks in prison for a reason. They commit more crime disproportionate to their percentage of the population.
        Just curious since you’re so upset about Trayvon, and yes it is a tragedy for a parent to lose a child.
        What are you doing about the 400 black youths that were killed in Chicago in the time frame of Zimm arrest- trial.?
        I don’t see any protests there. Why is that.

        Do you think a black person can be racist? That’s all we wanted to hear just once. We are tired of the double standard. That’s why it was refreshing to hear Barkley say both can be racist.

        • Steve;
          Because I strive fervently to live by what others view as a simple platitude:
          “Do unto others as I would have done unto me” I will return today to respond to your intelligent inquiry.
          First, as the moderator, I wish to thank you for the opportunity to express an oppositional view point. Though I appear to be a bit “wordy” to the “social media” crowd I want you to know that I wear it as a badge of honor. Fact is that people living in the year 2013 abdicate the responsibility of true interactive discourse; especially on centuries old problems like America’s avowed historical racial inequities.

          I certainly believe that all “races” have an inherent propensity for PREJUDICE. Just the fact that the focus of this thread is based on the theory of “RACE”, when in fact there is but one race in question, the human race; is unequivocal proof. You guys miss my point completely. My contention with this issue has never been “black” or “white”; even from my initial castigation of goofball Barkley, my frustration was and remains with “wrong” or “right”.
          Every division or race if you will, of the human population, exhibits prejudice. But, my young friend, “racism” depends on raw, implied, and entrenched power. None of which any “black” person has ever had in our country. So, the answer is no,,,, racism cannot emanate from a minority point of view. That is just factual. “PREJUDICE” however, abounds throughout every imaginary division that those who would seek to keep a fractured scenario can conjure up.

          Finally about the trial being on the web, well of course it was AND, for every time I tuned it in on the television and noted that they were blocking ACTUAL DIALOGUE AND ACTUAL GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATIONS I immediately sought one of several web based feeds that were not subject to the fear of the FCC, or the corporate entities that said it’s time to go make some money… (commercial) I not only found a number of web outlets but was also able to select ones with better bandwidth so as to avoid choppiness. On those venues I was not treated as some imbecilic moron that had to have the English language regurgitated to him by corporate controlled “talking heads” on both the left and the right.

          I answered your questions as best as I know how but as you see, I am certainly not “twitter” ready and never will be. I am simple minded enough to think that attempting to express complex ideas while limiting oneself to a dictated set of words, sentences, or, even paragraphs is foolish, and leads to much misunderstanding and even worse, mis-information .
          Again, thank you Steve for such a forum that at least is structurally capable of handling honest disparate dialogues. By the way Steve, my given name is Kenneth. I also would like to say that in the right place, I too enjoy the profane, the bully-talk, the very much IDLE threats of some of your other contributors, but not while hiding like a coward behind a computer screen. I won’t devolve into a coward just to retort to the most ill willed of those comments. I was trained by OUR country to deal with those matters face to face and either live free or, die trying…
          By the way and finally; in the most recent presidential election I am PROUD to say that I am a chocolate hued American citizen who did NOT vote for president OBAMA. Hold your applause though guys, I didn’t vote for ROMNEY either. I voted “present”…

          As Gandhi said;
          “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they attack you, then you win!”…
          Have a wonderful life my young brother.

          • Kenneth, sorry up to my eyeballs right now. That was civil and as such if you would like I would like to continue. Give me an hr or two. Thanks

          • Kenneth, OK you may not have guessed it but yes I am a
            “White Guy” 😆 In my 50’s. I’m assuming you’re a “Black guy”. OK so far so good.
            Now everyone in the Country says we need a dialogue about race. I agree. Just hard to when most people have their minds made up.
            Would you care to and see how it goes?
            So, me being white guy I have no idea what it is to look thru a black mans eyes.
            And Visa Versa.
            You say you grew up in Jackson Miss., I can see you experiencing racism.
            I grew up in NY in the 70’s and trust me racial tensions were high.

            The reason we were so Happy about Barkley’s statement is he said
            “Black people can be racist”
            Now try seeing this thru a white persons eyes.
            That’s what I want to do in this comment is show you how we perceive things.
            You can (I hope) respond with your “Eyes”
            We are called “Racists everyday” No matter what. Do you ever disagree with Obama? Well if we do it’s because we’re “Racist” It really get’s old.
            Sad thing is the race card has absolutely no meaning any more. So if someone is really being discriminated against…no one will listen

            Let me quote you here OK.
            ”But, my young friend, “racism” depends on raw, implied, and entrenched power. None of which any “black” person has ever had in our country. So, the answer is no,,,, racism cannot emanate from a minority point of view. That is just factual. “PREJUDICE” 

            OK here’s the thing. Thru white eyes this makes us crazy. Barkley says “Racism we go “WooHoo”
            You say racism depends on Power…um Does the name Obama, Holder ring a bell.?
            Do you recall Holder and the Black Panthers. Seems like he had some juice and was either racist or predjudice. We are tired of there being a double standard. Wrong is wrong!

            I think “Racism/Prejudice is just semantics. I pasted a definition of both and they seem to have a lot in common.

            rac·ism [rey-siz-uhm] Show IPA

            a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to rule others.
            a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.
            This one could go to your theory on power. Again who hold the power.

            hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.

            racism or racialism (ˈreɪsɪzəm, ˈreɪʃəˌlɪzəm)

            — n
            1. the belief that races have distinctive cultural characteristics determined by hereditary factors and that this endows some races with an intrinsic superiority over others
            2. abusive or aggressive behavior towards members of another race on the basis of such a belief

            prejudice [ˈprɛdʒʊdɪs]
            1. an opinion formed beforehand, esp an unfavorable one based on inadequate facts
            2. the act or condition of holding such opinions
            3. intolerance of or dislike for people of a specific race, religion, etc.

            4. disadvantage or injury resulting from prejudice
            in (or to) the prejudice of to the detriment of
            without prejudice Law without dismissing or detracting from an existing right or claim
            vb (tr)

            You say your original post was about right and wrong. We can get into that next.
            At least you watched the trial. I can’t stand people who are protesting because Sharpton tells them to. I mean they do not have a single fact.

            One more thing. We have been doing “Fellowship Of Minds” for about 4 yrs now. I will tell you we do not tolerate racism or bigotry of any kind. Posters are gone in a second.
            Not to say it does not get rowdy,

            What we have trouble seeing is the entire Black Race being held back by Democratic handouts.
            It kills us.
            We’ve spent 40 yrs trying to Learn Dr. Kings “Judge a man by the Content of his Character”
            I Think for the most part we have succeeded. On the other hand we believe, right or wrong that most black people just don’t like us.

            You say you lean Conservative, doesn’t it bother you people just keep on voting Dem.
            Detroit has been Dem controled for about 60 years. They filed for Bankruptcy.
            Here’s the Kicker, just 2 generations ago Detroit had the
            highest Per Capita Income of any major city in America. Draw your own conclusions.

            Umm, if you could explain this. Last election Obama rec’d 97% of black vote.
            Also received ?% of white vote. But 97%
            Call it what you want, but to me that’s a sign we have a long way to go.
            OK I spewed enough on ya. As I said it’s a start and I am trying to show you how we see things.

            Tell me how you see things and maybe we can understand each other a little bit better.
            We have to start somewhere.
            And I said your posts were long.

  10. “even 16 yr. old brown boys who want a bag of skittles and an Arizona Ice Tea”
    He was 17 and chose to confront and beat a man on the pavement. Trayvon was a known drug user and not a child without fault. Shouldn’t he have the “duty to retreat” according to Holder? Actions have consequences.

  11. re: DCG
    16, 17 what ever, if he were yours I’d still call him a minor child and, even though you choose a minor point of difference, you still know that if he were yours, you’d call him a child too…
    If simply using marijuana makes him a bad boy, consider that under the behavior as youths of our current, and those before him, commanders in chief, hell he could have actually been president…
    Listen you guys I was just looking for a forum to counter Barkley’s inane comments without having to join Facebook. You all win, I’m gone…
    In the company of “partisans”, if not bigots, is not the place for someone who fought for your rights to ignore facts in order to promote a slanted point of view.
    I’ll see you all in the land of karma..

    Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines partisan as:
    a firm adherent to a party, faction, cause, or person; especially : one exhibiting blind, prejudiced, and unreasoning allegiance.

    • I’ve got news for you, dumbMass.

      If someone has me pinned to the ground and is repeatedly bashing my head into the pavement and telling me that I am going to die, if I have a gun, I am going to pop their ass.

      And I am not going to take the time to inventory the age, race, or their sad life history before I pull the trigger, either.

      Liberalism is a self-destructive mental illness, and political correctness is its bastard stepchild.

      Why are you trying so hard to be the poster child for both?


    • It appears we have reached the proverbial Match Point.


      Thanks for playing.


    • “I forced myself to endure this trial.”
      If so, you’d know the facts. Shouldn’t Trayvon had the “duty to retreat”, according to Holder?
      Such an inconvience.

      • DCG
        Game , set , match?
        Wanna’ see that what I said about Barkley and his trial opinion is true?

        watch what happens when Barkley’s conscious overrides his pandering for dollars.
        peace out; enough jousting with you mental midgets…

  12. your site converted the link to a blank screen, so, here it is phonetically:
    change the word DOT to a ( .) period and you can watch him try to squirm his way out of the comments that you pounced on and promulgated.
    I’m sure this won’t suffice for a partisan poisoned mind but; someone who read our exchange in a more open forum pointed me to his pseudo-retraction. Ya’ll have fun with yourselves now, ya hear?


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