Charles Barkley Rushed Off-Stage By Security Team After Criticizing Anti-Police Rhetoric
Charles Barkley Stirs Anti-Police Crowd
Baltimore, MA – Former NBA super-star Charles Barkley caused quite a stir after he called for sympathy for law enforcement at the town hall gathering in Baltimore last week.
Barkley was in town for the filming of his new reality mini-series “The Race Card” set for airing in 2017.
An ESPN affiliated blog, The Undefeated, reported Barkley began criticizing the audience, many of whom were community activists, saying he didn’t believe any of them had expressed their sympathy for the families of the four police officers who were shot recently in separate incidents around the United States.
“Did anybody say, ‘Man, I feel bad for their family?” Barkley asked.
That inquisition kicked-off a series of negative reactions beginning with Diane Butler, the mother of Tyrone West. West reportedly died while in police custody in 2013. “I don’t know you, I don’t like you,” she stated.
Barkley’s response only added fuel to the fire. “I’m sorry for your loss. As far as you not liking me, it really doesn’t bother me. I’m used to it. I’m like the homecoming queen. All the ugly girls hate you. That’s part of my life. I never take anything personally.”
Another audience member, who was outraged by Barkley’s response shouted while pointing to Butler, “What does your condolence mean to her? How simple and arrogant are you?”
The town hall meeting abruptly ended when Barkley’s security team rushed him off the stage.
This isn’t the first-time Charles Barkley has caused a ruckus with his stance against the “anti-police” rhetoric. Earlier in the year he met with outrage from Black Lives Matter activists over his support for our heroes in blue.
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