I have no interest in using this post to debate the merits of the George Zimmerman trial, but Sir Charles' take is worth mention.
Barkley was on CNBC's Closing Bell on Thursday and in a one-on-one interview with host Maria Bartiromo was asked if he "had any thoughts on the George Zimmerman verdict."
Without any hesitation, Chuck offered his take. For what it's worth, he says he agreed with the verdict, seemed to paint both Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin at fault, and then issued some criticism at the way the media covered the Martin's death and Zimmerman's trial.
But it's these words -- from Deadspin via NewsBusters (which obviously has its own highly specific bent) -- that offer his best perspective:
BARKLEY: 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 on 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.
After some people in South Philadelphia mistook Phillies postgame fireworks for a celebration last Saturday night, Charles might have a point.
His full remarks here.
Try to remain civil in the comments, I guess.
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Matt Martin, Tyler Bozak and Patrick Marleau scored for the Maple Leafs (7-2-0). Mitch Marner added two assists.
Toronto has won at least seven of its first nine games for the first time since the 1993-94 season and just the seventh time overall in franchise history.
Adrian Kempe and Trevor Lewis scored for Los Angeles (6-1-1), which had won four in a row. Jonathan Quick stopped 31 shots.
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