Former NBA star and sports broadcaster Charles Barkley is being shredded for a comment he made Thursday night on “TNT Sports” comparing the University of Georgia bulldog mascot to women in the Peach State.
The “offensive” comment came during live coverage of the Dallas Mavericks-Los Angeles Lakers game with the Mavericks winning 115-110. During the “Inside the NBA” broadcast, the discussion turned toward Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope who is an alum of the University of Georgia. Host Ernie Johnson praised the player for scoring 29 points during the course of the game.
“Georgia the only school in the world that they named their mascot after the women down there,” Barkley snarked making instant headlines. His harsh commentary was considered either funny or offensive by observers. It went incredibly viral on social media. Barkley is known for his edgy and fearless commentary.
His fellow broadcaster Ernie Johnson, a Georgia alumnus, was shocked over the remark and said: “So totally uncalled for … Not even gonna dignify that with a response.”
Charles Barkley “Georgia the only school in the world that they named their mascot after the women down there”
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) April 23, 2021
Barkley also made headlines for other remarks he made recently. He railed against politicians before Baylor and Houston took the court in the Final Four. He lambasted both Republicans and Democrats.
“Man, I think most white people and black people are great people,” he stated on the show. “I really believe that in my heart, but I think our system is set up where our politicians, whether they’re Republicans or Democrats, are designed to make us not like each other so they can keep their grasp of money and power.”
“They divide and conquer,” he remarked. “I truly believe in my heart most white people and black people are awesome people, but we’re so stupid following our politicians, whether they’re Republicans or Democrats.”
“Their only job is, ‘Hey, let’s make these people not like each other. We don’t live in their neighborhoods, we all got money, let’s make the whites and blacks not like each other, let’s make rich people and poor people not like each other, let’s scramble the middle class.’ I truly believe that in my heart,” the NBA Hall-of-Famer declared.
Charles Barkley speaking the truth pic.twitter.com/lt9jBldV2a
— ET (@runBMC57) April 3, 2021
The comments came as he was responding to a pre-game segment concerning Sen. Robert F. Kennedy alerting a crowd in Indianapolis in 1968 that the Rev. Martin Luther King had been assassinated in Memphis.
Barkley has been in the hot seat before for his controversial remarks. In 2014, he mocked the appearance of women in San Antonio, Texas while engaging in a discussion over the Spurs: “Some big ol’ women down there … that’s a gold mine for Weight Watchers,” he quipped according to Fox Sports.
“Victoria is definitely a secret [in San Antonio] … they can’t wear no Victoria’s Secret down there,” he mocked. “They wear bloomers down there … ain’t nothing skimpy down there.”
For those snide comments, Barkley was called out by organizations including the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance and the Obesity Action Coalition.
In February, Barkley called conference fans the worst “in the history of civilization.” The former Auburn basketball star made that comment while discussing “irrational fans” in connection to the Southeastern Conference (SEC).
Barkley was all over Twitter:
Charles Barkley is an absolute Hero pic.twitter.com/E7VKDgRiFg
— Presidente Fungineer (@Spatcholula) April 25, 2021
“The Georgia Bulldogs, the only team that names they mascot after their women. They got some bulldog looking women in Georgia” – Charles Barkley 🤣🤣🤣
Bruh Chuck has no chill tonight! 💀💀💀Chuck from Alabama though lol 🤷🏾♂️ pic.twitter.com/Ont1vZPXuI
— JazzyJeffRealTalk (@JazzyJeffRealT1) April 23, 2021
Love him, and my pup, Charles Barkley. pic.twitter.com/4EurPUf9rA
— Susanne (@Susanne86560212) April 23, 2021
Gotta love Chuck. The man always gives his honest thoughts and doesn’t care what people think.
— Ben (@imthatben) April 23, 2021
This shouldn’t be hilarious but it is pic.twitter.com/n5pWpoHjEZ
— Vincent “Heartbreak” Tucker (@IamHeartbreak_) April 23, 2021