Charles Barkley Responds to Critics About Ferguson: They Can ‘Kiss My Ass’

Charles Barkley has been talking a lot about race and Ferguson lately, and responded to criticism on TNT last night alongside Kenny Smith, a fellow commentator who penned an open letter to Barkley, offering some justification for why black people are mistrusting of the police.

Barkley stood by his comments earlier this weekthat there’s no justification for violence. He said, “We’ve got a lot of race-baiters out there,” and continued to defend the cops. Smith argued that there’s not a close enough examination of why that mistrust exists and why those communities are not fairing well economically.

Barkley and Smith shared respectful disagreement, but Barkley had some tough words for some of his more ardent critics (though didn’t call anyone out by name). He expressed that everyone would be jumping to his side immediately if he said cops suck, because people don’t want to hear your opinion if you disagree.

“Some people are going to agree with me,” Barkley concluded, “and some people are going to kiss my ass.”

Watch the full segment below, via TNT:

[h/t Deadspin]


  • t d learn 3 weeks ago

    People need to learn that we do have a judicial system in this country that’s open to all people and can be used by all people, if there is a issue that you take offense to than go through the legal process don’t just grab a gun or a club and run into the streets destroying everything in sight. This is not going to help your cause and when you wake up in the morning all you and your children will see is the ruin that you helped cause the night before. All this violence does is create more violence until everyone will be fighting and our country will be in ruin, maybe that’s what some people want but when they get there and look back I am sure they will ask themselves what in the world was I thinking???

  • shawna 2 weeks ago

    Way to go! It seems people only want to hear the bad in the world.


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