‘I Agreed with the Verdict’: Charles Barkley on Zimmerman Trial Outcome

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  • The verdict is in and Charles Barkley agrees with it. Yes, we’re referring to the George Zimmerman trial’s not guilty verdict.

    Barkley appeared on CNBC’s “Closing Bell” with Maria Bartiromo Thursday afternoon and shared his thoughts on acquittal of Zimmerman.

    “I agreed with the verdict. I feel sorry that young kid got killed. But they didn’t have enough evidence to charge him,” Barkley told Baritromo. “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.

    Barkley, like Bill Cosby,  called out the  media for not having what he calls a “pure heart” as far as the issue is concerned

    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 (who) 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: 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.

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    7. Dumb dumb – just dumb – maybe you should learn our history – as far as blacks being racist – it is not racist to stop people from oppressing you – that fool didn’t get off because there was lack of evidence – he got off because he wasn’t BLACK – and they didn’t put importance on the life of the BLACK CHILD who died – and if anyone watches a game that barkley is on them they will be supporting his ignorant statements.Stop supporting people who don’t support us as a whole

    8. They need to ask the 911 operator about racially profiling… When they asked George “is he black or Hispanic?” Why? The suspicious person could of been any race, right?

    9. Black America [for the most part] is still asleep and ‘easily fooled’.

      Instead of having ‘NO ILLUSTIONS’ most will relate to a smiling face to the point of Marriage when
      it comes to white people.

      Imagine the awardness those households have had since this verdict.

      It reminds me of the Jews that wanted to return to Egypt because they were hungry. Afican Americans
      keep trying to get a people to like us, when reality says NAWWWW.

      Treyvon Martin wasn’t shot dead by the white man but by the equalizer and upheld by white society.

      z was clearly guilty of MANSLAUGHTER. Pure and simple.

      When I was once in the Air Force sitting on the tarmac in the middle of the night [2:30 am] an
      airman came over the intercom [he was white] and said the Air Force sucks. 5 min later the senior
      office came back and said the Air Force is no better or worse than the society it serves.

      Jurys are the same. And we know,98% of majority America has a problem with African American males.

      So how do we prevent verdicts like the one we just witnessed Again from happening again;
      -We need to ‘see to it’ either the law of ‘stand your ground’ is eliminated OR ARM OURSELVES IN
      SELF DEFENSE [something I don't look forward to doing but its not beyound me]
      -A NEW LAW or method has to be instituted in order to get the least biased people on these jurys
      some how and some way. Some will say that’s what Attorneys do. REALLY?

    10. I’ve always been a fan of Charles Barkely. And he,s right in this regard-there was not enough
      evidence-listen at THIS-PRESENTED BY THE SORRY PROSICUTION in Fl.

      Had I prosecuted this case – Z would have been awaiting sentencing. Simple as that.

      First of all he [z];
      -Caused a catstrophic event to happen
      -He DISOBEYED a direct order from the police dept.
      -HE appointed HIMSELF as the neighborhood watchmen [armed and emboldened]
      -He clearly racially profiled this young man

      Now the Nutball that thought up this law is probably laughing and all of that.

      But here’s the crux of it. We need to think of our options now.

      ALSO I need to say this; majority America I have ALWAYS believed considers
      the hispanic community to be the ‘equalizer’ for them when it comes to Afican Americans. How?
      The way they relate to the hispanics which are now the ‘preferred workforce’ in America.

    11. Before the verdict was renderred- I told my wife Zimm could be innocent.

      And when it was reported on the news ‘I was not surprised or angry’. Because this is America.

      Land of 8 – that’s EIGHT kinds of justice. What are they you say-here they are;

      1-One for Blacks and Hispanics and any other color
      2-One for whites
      3-one for the rich
      4-one for the poor
      5-one for the police
      6-one for the general public when it comes or related to the police
      7-one for the well connected
      8-one for those unconnected

      It’s time to recognize this once and for all!

    12. Some of the most racist ignorance I’ve seen on this issue is in the comments on this thread. It’s pretty ridiculous to think that Charles Barkley doesn’t run his household and even more ridiculous to think that his opinions are motivated by anything other than his opinions. He’s always been like that. At some point soon I see this country being divided upon cerebral lines: Idiots and non-idiots. You idiots can be represented by the Klan, Aryan Nation, various idiot whites, the news media, the New Black Panthers, Al Sharpton, Jessie, Farrakan, etc. The rest of us will reach informed opinions based upon reason and not what hustlas tell us to think because we are too lazy to figure it out.

    13. Charles B., is Married to a White woman.. We can’t expect anything any better to come out of his mouth!! He, Tiger W. & the rest of our Black men who Love white women have to please their women & their family.. But wait until that woman want a divorce, “Hell will follow”.. The Whites will protect her. We Blacks & people of color needs to Boycott all white owned businesses.. That will get their attention!! Take away their income and things they Love the Best, are their MONEY!! Boycott, Boycott.. Make their stocks drop..

    14. I think it is scary that all Blacks have to think alike or they are not a part of the Black community. An uncle Tom,this is silly but I guess you better tow the line or you’re no longer a part of the Black community.

      • If people like Charles Barkley had a say; black people would still be sitting at the back of the bus because; Well that’s the LAW and we have to accept it…Right. What an idiot!

    15. Charles Barkley wants to talk about race but it is race who called him to the show. This interview would have been less interesting coming from Donald Trump so look who they called. I can never say that all white people share the same views as Charles Barkley because I listen to Stephanie Miller, Ed Stultz, Lawerence O’Donnell, Chris Matthews, and the list goes on. You think we are talking about Charles Barkley but this is nothing compared to the hits these people get behind supporting Trayvon Martin. Many people are aware of Jim Crow and our judicial system proves that this law is still alive and kicking. Until we as a nation not just a people realize that it still exist can we begin to take steps forward instead of steadily moving backwards. God Bless America

    16. I have started a NIGGAH’S THAT NEED A VISIT FROM THE DROP SQUAD list 1.STACEY DASH 2. KANYE WEST 3.CHARLES BARKLEY 4. TOMMY SOTOMAYOR FEEL FREE TO ADD AS WE GO ALONG!

    17. Why is anybody surprised what he says? If you tell him the sky is blue he’ll say It’s yellow.

      BTW, His white wife told him to say that.

    18. STFU Charles Barkley! The next time you go walking in your swanky neighborhood or better come back to Leeds, and get profiled by a nut with a gun, let’s see your reaction. Maybe they want have enough evidence after you’ve lain on the ground for hours in the rain because someone NEVER should have gotten out of his car.

    19. charles barkley is a clown! he HAS to feel that way in order to live with himself (and his white wife) day after day. fucking bootlickin wannabe has-been

    20. If you chase innocent boy with a gun in your possession (Not a cop) then you lose the right to claim self defense and kill the guy due to a fight.

    21. This topic/thread of comments has given me a LOT of laughs today during my work day. To my people, i say THANK YOU!!! ROFL!!!!

    22. I agree with Charles, but i dont agree with the verdict. Trayvon had to right to defend himself, if he did defend himself that night and was killed because of it. Zimmerman initiated this and should be punished to a degree for killing this kid. The consequences of killing somebody is up to the person that kills. Dont commit the crime if you dont want to do the time. The focus should be on the jurors.That’s the problem.

    23. Charles B. wants attention…..who listens to anything he says anyway. Clearly he’s living in a bubble; let’s see if he changes his tune when he’s the one being profiled.

    24. CB is a bitter man because he’s unhappy. Sure he makes a lot of money, but when you hate yourself, money changes nothing. He chose… he has to accept the outcomes. CB is a buffoon. That’s why he’s on TV. He will make himself the court jester just to remain relevant. Otherwise he wouldn’t have a job. CB is disconnected from the Black community just like Clarence Thomas.

      • I remember another star athlete who was disconnected from the black community about 20 years ago and we know how that turned out. Can anybody say OJ Simpson…

    25. CB chooses not to be a “zombie nigga” like so many of us we’re all suppose to say feel and do the same
      Step out of line do or say something that doesn’t fit the “Yahsa boss I tow the black agenda line”
      And wow you’re a sell out. I saw a poll that showed blacks were more racist that whites I believe it
      decades of playing the race card at the drop of a hat and being zombie nigga’s to the pimps has taught us to be Victims and dependent’s . CB just has enough courage to have his own opinion

      • Jhuff, first of all black folks were never “MASA”. Second, if Trayvon was your brother and you held those views, would you tell the world that you though acquittal was proper? No of course. What then would that make you? Sane. Black people cannot break ranks in the name of being independent. We as a people are a target. Stand down if you have nothing to say that would further our plight. BTW, stop acting like you’re are black. You know good and well you are another white man posing as black to make silly remarks on forums.

        • I like how you put that I was thinking the same thing, I think Barkley is mad at someone Black or he is getting paid some big cash. The Jury found doubt what doubt? the courts threw out all the evidence what is wrong with these house boys.

    26. He was asked the question because they knew how he would respond. For him to say he agree with the one juror who said they both should have walked away is ridiculous. Zimmerman wasn’t going to back down knowing that he had a gun. No matter what Barkley said in the interview I bet if he has a son he feels uneasy about them walking around in their predominantly white neighborhood.

    27. Why was Charles even on a show like “CNBC’s “Closing Bell”? I don’t watch it, but isn’t that a show more or less about the stock market? I’m sure some CNBC executive found out Charles’ opinion and thought to himself, RATINGS!! “This will get people talking”, “A black person who is AGAINST the verdict”. Anyone know why Charles appeared on the show in the first place? Thats like 50 cent appearing on the Rachel Ray cooking show.

      • Charles is just another OJ waiting to happen. He thinks he’s one of them because he’s married to one and have a pretty cushy career. So did OJ. All that needs to happen is for that white woman to no longer be happy and they will oust his nigger az in aNew York minute and guess what will happen next? He’ll be looking to the black community for support. Just my opinion, but I don’t believe blacks are racist. I just think they are angry and they don’t trust the sanke that bit their ancestors. It’s no different than a woman who’s been beaten, robbed and raped. If she hated her attacker, called them names, avoided any contact she would be thought of as justified. So why are we suppose to get along with, love and grin in the faces of the oppressor (rapist)? Why is it s hard to understand that reaction. Slavery happened many years ago but the reprocussions of it have lasted throughout the generations.

    28. Well, FoXNEWS is eatting up what Charles is saying and open the comment box up when they do not open up other comment boxes. This is what Foxnews love about people like Charles, Clearance Thomas, Larry Elder, etc. DO not get me wrong, all blacks do not and should NOT think alot but there are some things that plaine and clear and these three clowns still miss the boat or act like they miss the boat.

    29. Charles has the right to his opinion and like mine it just an opinion though I think he is off on this one. It’s a lot of things went wrong in this case starting from the scene. A lot of evidence was mishandled and quite frankly Sanford’s police department sucks. (I am from Orlando so I know all about Sanford). Most of defense evidence came from the Defendant that was self-serving to say the least. Barkley and other with his beliefs opine about the incident based everything off where Trayvon’s body was found. Nothing happens in a vacuum, by Zimmernan’s on admission he started the events that occurred that night and it started way before the shot to a child’s heart. That fact seems lost on so many that like the outspoken juror, whose mind was made up before hearing anything. Barkley, like the Defense team vilified Trayvon and made assumptions about him based on the man who MURDERED him. That will never be right. Unlike common folk, Barkley does not think racism still exists or that it clouds the playing field. And as far as some black being racist, yes there are some BUT unlike white racist, black racism is less powerful because in most instances we are not in position to cause ill effects on whites. Whites write the rules that all races live by which makes their racist hearts more productive. We all have biases but history proves that white bias causes more problems for all in the street, on their jobs, schools, etc. I am so sick of people saying that people who put racism in the spotlight (Assuming they are referring to Sharpton and Jackson) do it for their own gain of power. I ask what are they doing to eradicate racism. If people don’t like their methods why are they not getting active. The murder of Trayvon was racially motivated, the investigation had racial bias, the trial had racial bias and the outcome was racial. Barkley clearly has a disconnect and the purpose of the Justice for Trayvon movement has been lost on him.

    30. I am baffled by the anger directed towards CB. What he says is true. There was never enough evidence to support a 2nd degree murder charge and the defense was able to establish enough “reasonable doubt” to erode the manslaughter conviction. Like most compassionate people, I totally disagree with the fact that GZ got away with murder, but in this case, the justice system failed. The laws failed us, ALL OF US. This case was politically motivated from the start. You have to ask the question what was this case actually about? The common sense and logical answer says the death of an unarmed black teen, but NO, that could not be further from the truth, it was about “gun control” and the “stand your ground law”. These issues were in plain view but almost everyone missed it because they were blinded by fear, anger, bias, and hate. The people with the most to lose were clever. They know what makes people in this country tick. They wielded racism like a sword and proceeded to divide the nation once again. If GZ would have been convicted, yes, he would have received his punishment, but it would have also provided a legal precedent that could have taken down the SYG law and more support for stricter gun control laws (whether you agree with them or not).

      • Well PJ, Charles is entitled to his view and people are entitled to theirs even if it is dislike towards Charles. Charles act like he dislike folks.

    31. I don’t understand why y’all feel people must agree with each other especially being black. He shared his opinion and he has a right to it. He’s right by his comments and it takes a person with courage to stand up when they know they will be ridiculed! You go Charles, speak your mind and I will listen… Might not always agree but will listen.

      • Honestly, I welcome different opinions because no single thought process can be right all the time. I learned that in Philosophy 101 years ago. But to ignore the missing 3 days before Tracy Martin could even find his son in Sanford Florida makes it impossible to have a complete assessment of the death of this young man. We will likely never find out what really happened (particularly now that Zimmerman has been acquitted and the Police Chief lost his job) but if we are honest, there were all kinds of holes in this investigation. Frankly there was no investigation until Mr. Martin hired Benjamin Crump. First 3 days lost then 6 weeks to finally arrest Zimmerman.

        • I agree; however when someone tries to act like something is not there when something is clearly there, I shake my head and take their view with a grain of salt. Charles want to say people have an agenda; Well Charles that can be said about YOU as well.

      • The problem with CHarles is that when he gives his views, he want to degrade others and the black community as a whole. If Charles want to give his views, that is fine but Charles need to respect others view as well. if there are people who see this as racist, then Charles need to respect their view. He wants to bash civil rights leaders and others for talking against this verdict. Where was Charles when this family asked for Justice for this case to go to trial? NO where. So do not degrade those people who pushed for this to go to trial and who brought this public.

      • YOU GO CARSON!! KEEP LISTENING TO HOLLYWEIRD ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE PLANTATION! THE REVOLUTION WILL BE TELEVISED AND IT IS WAKE UP NIGGAH PLEASE!!!

    32. What Charles Barkley doesn’t understand is that by carrying a loaded gun, Zimmerman’s life was never in danger, he says Trayvon throw the first punch and we have only his word to go on and finally had he kept his ass in the car as he was instructed, none of this would have ever happened. i am sick of people saying this was not about race, well race was the only reason Trayvon Martin was being followed. I’d like to ask Charles Barkley don’t we have 300 years of reasons not to trust most white people?

        • People will move on when racism move it; however, people have a right to call it out when they see it. Denial is NOT going to make it go away.

        • Thank you. Why attack Charles?Blacks allow the liberals to choose our talking points Nad then let the media choose the “leadders” of the Black community. Jesse, Al “Resist We Much” Sharpton are race baitors and make money of their schtick. President Obama & Holder are just fanning the flames of Blacks being victims. This was a fair trial and a fair outocme, whether you agree witht the aquittal or not. Pray for Trayvon’s parents but quit acting like helpless victims.

    33. It is common knowledge that Charles Barkley is not among the brightest of athletes. He speaks from a very narrow and uneducated perspective. It is clear from the pattern of statements that he has made over the years that he is not very well learned and informed. Any black person that publicly states that black people can be racist is a bona-fide fool. No self-respecting, intelligent, and socially conscious black man would say anything as ridiculous as that. It is obvious that he suffers from a level of self- hatred and ignorance. So, I sincerely believe that most people do not put a lot of weight into what he has to say and I’m pretty sure most of his friends probably laugh at him behind his back.

      Furthermore, there is no way in hell that anyone in their right mind can justify what happened to Trayvon and the verdict of the trial. It is absolutely insane and incomprehensible. This young man was killed twice- he was murdered in cold blood by a deranged lunatic and he was lynched by the criminal “justice” system.

    34. Charles Barkley doesn’t get it because he believes he has reached the old South Africa apartheid status of “honorary white.”

    35. !!!!!!!!!!!Wow this “House Nigga” should have costarred next to Samuel L. Jaclson in Django…….Mr. Barkley don.t see color but color see his ass

    36. What Barkley and others like him don’t get is that evidence that would have shown what really happened that night was lost or tampered with by the Sanford police dept. who from the outset had no intentions charging Zimmerman. They were intent on covering this child’s murder up from the beginning.

      Why else would they have not bothered to contact Trayvon Martin’s parents. Let’s not forget, they had the child’s cell phone. They could have easily called every number in it until they located his next of kin but no one bothered to do that.

      Those 3 days were precious with regard to preserving (or in this case) destroying evidence. Honestly Barkley, Cosby and others need to think beyond just what was presented in the trial. Three critical days were lost and only the “former” Chief of Police in Sanford knows all that was done to cover up the murder of Trayvon Martin.

    37. GZ should’ve at least gotten manslaughter for causing Trayvon’s death. He had the gun and he was the one who started the whole cat and mouse chases. And everyone saying Trayvon caused his own death is wrong, Z never identified himself, got out of the car and pulled his gun and shot with deadly intent. He could’ve shot in the arm or leg, then he didn’t check to see if Trayvon was ok cuz he knew he killed him. This is a travesty.

    38. They had enough evidence to charge him. The most important evidence was totally left out! 1. The dispatcher told him to stay in the car and 2. not get out!! He did both!! George Zimmerman is a cold blooded killer!!! And justice will prevail! Don’t worry Zimmerman will see Trayvon and hear his screams on a daily basis!! He thinks he’s won, just give him 6months to a year!!!

    39. Another person wanting to remain relevant. He states, “he agrees with the verdict.” At least three of the jurors believed GZ was guilty of something. One, 2nd degree and two for manslaughter. The jurors didn’t agree and were swayed to change their minds, and because of that decision, it will haunt them forever. If TM helped contribute to his own death which is BS, GZ should have, at the very least, been charged with manslaughter.

      Tom, is your Family Reunion still going to be held in Orlando, FL?

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