Rachel Nichols Doesn’t Appreciate Charles Barkley Using ‘Girly’ As a Negative Descriptor (Video)


On Thursday, NBA legend and TNT sports analyst Charles Barkley pretty much came out and stated why he does not like the Golden State Warriors, claiming it’s because of the way they play ‘girly’ basketball.

“Maybe I’m old school,” Barkley said, “but I’m never going to like that little girly basketball where you have to outscore people.”

That use of the word ‘girly’ didn’t sit well with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols.  On Friday’s edition of ‘The Jump,’ she weighed in on those comments.

“Think about how it feels for girls watching you to hear you use ‘girly’ or ‘girls’ as a substitute word for ‘weak’ or lame,” Nichols said on the air. “It’s not okay. And his point back to me was he was just having some fun and as he put it he was – ‘intent matters’ – and he is right. It does. But to borrow one of Chuck’s own favorite phrases, in my opinion, that is still not good enough to feel okay about that expression. This is not a PC police thing. I’m not offended in any way. This is just about girls out there who love watching Chuck talk about basketball as much as I do who shouldn’t have to grow up feeling like they’re the living, human stand-in definition for being less than or weak. And frankly, young boys shouldn’t be thinking that about girls either.”


10 times out of 10, Barkley won’t care and will continue to be him which is why he is so loved and must see TV.

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