09.25.2020

Charles Barkley Faces Backlash Over Breonna Taylor Comments During NBA Pregame Show

Charles Barkley Faces Backlash Over Breonna Taylor Comments During NBA Pregame Show Photo by Drew Angerer / Getty Images

Charles Barkley on Thursday night was immediately blasted on social media after he appeared, to some, to defend the police officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor.

Taylor was killed in March during a drug raid gone wrong. The only charges brought forth Wednesday were wanton endangerment against a fired officer for shooting into a home next to Taylor’s home. Numerous politicians, stars and pro athletes (such as LeBron James) blasted the outcome.

Barkley, however, on the TNT pregame show for the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets game four of the Western Conference Finals, said the Taylor case, in his opinion, was not in the same vein as other instances of unarmed African Americans being killed by police.

"I don't think this one was like George Floyd or Ahmaud Arbery and things like that," Barkley began. "I feel sad that this young lady lost her life. I think this one was —  the no-knock warrant is something we need to get rid of ... across the board. But I am worried to lump all these situations in together."

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