I can’t believe I’m praising something so obvious — especially considering that NBA analyst and basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley says some dumbass things at times — but I suppose in today’s society, someone defending people who stand for the national anthem is controversial.
Following the display of every member of both the Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans, along with coaches and referees, kneeling during the national anthem, Barkley made a statement that should be obvious to anyone with two brain cells to rub together.
Here’s what Barkley said:
The thing is, the national anthem means different things to different people. I’m glad these guys are all unified, but if people don't kneel, they're not a bad person. I want to make that perfectly clear. I'm glad they had unity, but if we have a guy who doesn't want to kneel, cause the anthem means something to him, he should not be vilified.
Okay, so good on Barkley for saying, and I’m not coming down on him for saying something that should be common sense. But, no duh!
It’s extremely sad that people now have to explain themselves for not kneeling during the anthem. These overpaid crybabies in the NBA, NFL, MLB and any other pro sports league make millions of dollars a year, have countless people that love them simply for playing a game, and have international companies fighting over which one can pay the most to procure the drawing power of the athlete’s names, and I’m supposed to feel bad for you because you think you’re “oppressed?”
Give me a break. So many people wouldn’t have nearly as much of a problem with their protests if it wasn’t done during the anthem. They can say it’s not about the American flag or the anthem, but that seems to be the only time they want to get on their knees and pray to activism.
For video of Barkley’s comments, along with comments praising the protests by Shaquille O’Neal as “beautifully done,” watch below: