Charles Barkley has probably heard every fat joke in the book over the years. Hell, one of the guy's nicknames is "The Round Mound of Rebound." So when he made a joke about the women of San Antonio last night on Inside the NBA and called the city "a gold mine for Weight Watchers," he probably didn't think twice about it. But today, the Chuckster has come under heavy fire from a number of organizations who were not happy with the joke that he made.
The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance spoke to TMZ Sports earlier this afternoon and said that "making slurs about body size is just as offensive as making comments about body color." The Obesity Action Coalition said that "Mr. Barkley should encourage equality and respect among society and not look to shame or segment one population because of their size." And quite a few people also took to Twitter to express their disgust with Barkley's joke:
Can someone please fire Charles Barkley? He needs to stop calling the women of San Antonio fat. #firecharlesbarkley— Stephanie Gorgazzi (@mrsgorgazzi) May 7, 2014
So will Barkley apologize for what he said on tonight's Inside the NBA? We wouldn't count on it. It was pretty clear that he was trying to get the people of San Antonio riled up, and it's worth noting that this isn't the first time he's called people from San Antonio fat. But we're sure he's going to address the controversy that he's caused in some way. Stay tuned.
[via TMZ Sports]