Charles Barkley: What I do with my black friends not up to white America to dictate to me

barkley-2“What I do with my black friends is not up to white America to dictate to me,” TNT’s analyst Charles Barkley said recently.

He was commenting on att Barnes’ Wednesday ejection and subsequent tweet, which featured a racial slur.

Throughout his NBA career, Matt Barnes has been known as an enforcer, a player who will back his teammates up when games get physical. Those days might be over.

“I love my teammates like a family, but I am done standing for these *****! All this ****** does is cost me money,” he tweeted.

Although the initial discussion concerned the scuffle between Barnes and Serge Ibaka, Barkley touched on the place of racial slurs in society.

“I’m a black man,” Barkley said. “I use the N-word. I will continue to use the N-word among my black friends and my white friends.”

He went on to relate the debate to the Paula Deen racism controversy and the Miami Dolphins’ bullying scandal, before claiming that reporters “don’t have the courage” to go into locker rooms.

“The language we use in the locker room, sometimes it’s sexist, sometimes it’s homophobic, and a lot of times it’s racist. We do that when we’re joking with our teammates, and it’s nothing personal.”


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