Charles Barkley Clarifies Comments: Zimmerman’s ‘Racial Profiling’ Was ‘Wrong’ But Verdict Was ‘Fair’ | Roland Martin Reports

Charles Barkley Clarifies Comments: Zimmerman’s ‘Racial Profiling’ Was ‘Wrong’ But Verdict Was ‘Fair’

Source: Matt Wilstein / Mediatie

After causing a stir with his comments about the George Zimmerman verdict to CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo yesterday, former NBA star Charles Barkley attempted to clarify his views with Erin Burnett on CNN Friday evening. While he maintained that he “agrees” with the verdict based on the evidence in the case, he stressed that he thinks Zimmerman was “wrong” for “racially profiling” Trayvon Martin.

“I think Mr. Zimmerman was racially profiling Trayvon Martin,” Barkley told Burnett. “He was wrong in that. I think he was over-aggressive. But I think at some point, they switched places and Mr. Martin was aggressive.”

Barkley, who said he watches CNN “every day” and paid very close attention to the trial, said he came to the conclusion that “on the evidence alone, the verdict was fair.” He said Zimmerman “was wrong for racially profiling Trayvon Martin. He was wrong for following Trayvon Martin.”

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  • msblkwidow

    I viewed this video, and suddenly realized that Charles Barkley is so narrow-minded. [Frankly, some people need to keep their mouths closed…don’t need to be interviewed at all.] His comments didn’t make sense. He said 1st. that he thought George Zimmerman racially profiled Trayvon. He also thinks that George Zimmerman followed Trayvon, but something went wrong!. Trayvon started beating on Zimmerman and he agreed with the verdict because of the evidence!!! Whoa! Has he even thought that maybe Trayvon was fighting for his life? No! I wonder what Charles Barkley would do if he was trapped in a situation like Trayvon? Would he fight for his life. Does he even consider that Trayvon was a teenager? All the evidence was based on a one-sided story of a proven liar. UMPH…UMPH…UMPH! (in my Rachel Jeantel’s tone)

    • badbaby

      Barkley would not consider any of what you mentioned because his pea brain couldn’t comprehend it. He played ball, but he is clearly uneducated and ignorant, and shouldn’t even be allowed to speak of world events on the air. He is an inarticulate embarrassment to his parents, and somehow he believes because his children are of mixed raced that they won’t be treated like blacks if they find themselves on the wrong end of a long gun. Classic self-hatin g house boy.

      • meat

        meat
        I agree badbaby. They will get it even more, because they are called zebra kids.

    • badbaby

      Barkley would not consider any of what you mentioned because his pea brain couldn’t comprehend it. He played ball, but he is clearly uneducated and ignorant, and shouldn’t even be allowed to speak of world events on the air. He is an inarticulate embarrassment to his parents, and somehow he believes because his children are of mixed raced that they won’t be treated like blacks if they find themselves on the wrong end of a long gun. Classic self-hatin g house boy.

    • Carlos Morales

      Charles Barkley is speaking his view based on the evidence provided in court. You may not like what happened, but there is overwhelming evidence to support Barkley’s opinion (not something that can be said for your views). NOTHING supports any idea that Zimmerman “profiled” Trayvon. Holder;s (Obama’s) D,O,J. resulting from the FBI investigation shows nothing to support racial profiling. What would Barkley (or for that matter any intelligent individual thinking clearly)do in Trayvon’s situation. I would propose he would not break the law by assaulting someone.. He could walk home. He could call the police. He could confront (not physically) the person following him and ask why was he being followed. Trayvon was not “trapped” When will people stop making excuses for trayvon assaulting someone. Based on all eyewitness testimony available, and based on the forensics, Barkley (and any honest non biased individual) came up with the only sensible view. As for fighting for his life, a totally fabricated theory with zero evidence to back it up. Except maybe what Jeantel was told by the wet blades of grass.

  • Cassandra Murphy

    Charles Barkley many have always thought of you as an idiot…now you have opened your mouth and removed all doubt!!!

  • Craig

    Barkley said “travon martin became the aggressor” and “based on the evidence alone he agrees with the verdict”. What evidence, Charles? There was no DNA of Zimmerman on Trayvon Martin. So the only evidence you have that Trayvon Martin was the aggressor is George Zimmermans version of events. Charles B. has shown himself to be a fool, and yet he has a platform to express his uninformed viewpoint.

    • Also Craig

      Actually if you watched the trial one witness had said the he believed it was Trayvon on top, which was backed up by the interpretation of physical evidence by a forensic pathologist. Basically he showed that the barrel of the gun was making physical contact with Trayvon’s shirt at the time it was fired, but it was two to four inches away from his chest itself. The most reasonable explanation for the distance between Trayvon’s shirt and his chest is that he was on top and gravity pulled his shirt away from the body.

      This also suggests that Zimmerman was the one yelling for help, as Trayvon was the one in a dominant position and able to rain down blows easily. It also backs up Zimmerman’s testimony that Trayvon was on top and smashing his head against the sidewalk.

      The jury really had no choice but to set him free since there was no evidence to refute his claim of self defense and there is reasonably solid evidence that he was being pummeled on the ground and had some reason to fear for his life.

  • Meat

    I’ve never like Charles Barkley from day one. You are living an illusion if you think it’s alright what happened to Trayvon. You have been racially profiled if nothing for your big lips and ring around your eyes barkley