Charles Barkley Slammed for Comments on Breonna Taylor Case

Barkley is facing criticism after saying that he thinks people need to stop calling to defund the police and comments surrounding the killing of Breonna Taylor.


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Charles Barkley is facing heat on social media after saying during NBA on TNT that Breonna Taylor's murder at the hands of police was different than the killings of George Floyd or Ahmaud Arbery.

"It's just bad the young lady lost her life, but we do have to take into account that her boyfriend did shoot at the cops and shot a cop," he said, referencing that Walker fired a warning shot after being awoken to what he thought were people breaking into the home. "So, like I said, even though I'm really sorry she lost her life, I don't think we can just put this in the same situation as George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery." 

Charles Barkley says you can't put the Breonna Taylor case in the same situation as George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery because her boyfriend shot at the police

— Gifdsports (@gifdsports) September 25, 2020

This left people at odds with Barkley, especially after many are still reeling from a grand jury's decision not to charge officers in the killing of Taylor. Shaquille O'Neal, who was has been sworn in as an honorary deputy city marshal in Georgia and a reserve officer in the states of California, Arizona and Florida, agreed with Barkley's comments. 

"I have to agree with Charles, this one is sort of lumped in," Shaq said. "You have to get a warrant signed and some states do allow no-knock warrants. And everyone was asking for murder charges. When you talk about murder, you have to show intent. A homicide occurred and we're sorry a homicide occurred. When you have a warrant signed by the judge, you are doing your job, and I would imagine that you would fire back."

But that wasn't all. Barkley also expressed his disagreement with calls to abolish and defund the police. "I hear these fools on TV talk about 'defund the police,' we need police reform and prison reform and things like that because you know who ain't gonna defund the cops, white neighborhoods and rich neighborhoods," Chuck said during the show. "So that notion that they keep saying that,  I'm like wait a minute who are Black people supposed to call? Ghostbusters? We need police reform."

"We need to stop the defund or abolish the police crap."

- Charles Barkley

— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) September 25, 2020

Those comments had many looking at Barkley (and Shaq) sideways. See what people had to say below.

I dnt know why Charles barkley still surprises yall

— tayö (@tayoshi2) September 25, 2020

I didn’t know I could be this disgusted by Charles Barkley.

— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) September 25, 2020

Charles Barkley said we can’t put Breonna Taylor’s case in same breath as George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery because we have to account for Breonna’s boyfriend shooting at the officer.

— Chris Williamson (@CWilliamson44) September 25, 2020

I'm done with Charles Barkley. Stop asking him about black issues.

— What about me?! What about Raven! (@thisiseaston) September 25, 2020

Ugh, Charles Barkley.

— The LeBron James of Pig Feet. (@GeeDee215) September 25, 2020

Watch Charles Barkley Come to the Defense of the Cops Who Killed Breonna Taylor; Says She Shouldn't Be Looked at Like George Floyd b/c Her BF Shot at Cops (an Inaccurate Statement); Wants Black People to Shut Up About Defunding The Police (Tweets-Vids)

— Robert Littal BSO (@BSO) September 25, 2020

Really disappointed in that commentary from Shaq and Charles Barkley about the #BreonnaTaylor situation. That bothered me as a Black Man to see that. Fuck both of them

— Simply Jaybe 🇺🇸 ♋♌ (@JBeZ1) September 25, 2020

I watch Inside the NBA specifically to hear well-informed takes about cops from Charles Barkley (Republican), Ernie Johnson (2016 John Kasich voter), and Shaq (literally a cop)

— sreekar (@sreekyshooter) September 25, 2020

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