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Barkley on Labeling Boston as a Racist City: ‘I’m From Alabama, I Don’t Have a Leg To Stand On’ (VIDEO)
Former NBA legend Charles Barkley has always been one of the most outspoken athletes, and he has never been one to mince words when it comes to sensitive topics.
TMZ recently caught up with Chuck and asked him for his thoughts on the incident with Baltimore Orioles star Adam Jones, where he stated Boston Red Sox fans threw peanuts at him and hurled racial slurs his way during Monday night’s game.
“For one, it should never have happened,” Barkley told TMZ. “But I’m disappointed in the fans who was around those people saying those things. If I was in a crowd of people and they were mistreating anybody, I would stand up for the person that was being mistreated.
“Let’s just say hypothetically, if I was with a group of black people – which I am black – if they were mistreating a white person, a Jewish person, or a Hispanic person, I would put an end to that shit.”
Boston has always been a city with a long history of racial turbulence. Although Barkley had been called racial slurs before, he didn’t want people to label the entire city as racist because ‘racists are everywhere’.
“You know I have been called names before,” he said. “I’ve been called a slur, probably three or four times. It was actually in New Jersey. But listen, man, there’s racism everywhere. I don’t like to blanket any city. Every city has racists, but I don’t think we should ever blanket any city as ‘they’re racist.’ Racism happens everywhere. I’m from Alabama. I don’t have a leg to stand on.”