TMZ caught up with Charles Barkley as he made his means over to Ric Flair’s 70th birthday extravaganza. To the sector reporter’s shock, Barkley was in an unusually somber temper as he expressed blended emotions of contempt and remorse over the Jussie Smollett scandal he’s no means implicated.
In his impromptu interview with TMZ, Barkley started by crediting Smollett as a really proficient particular person, earlier than passing judgment over his actions – his declare being: Jussie has performed an important injustice to each the LGBTQ and Black group/ties, of which Charles Barkley holds a distinguishable place within the latter class, not a lot the opposite.
The present TNT analyst additionally talked about that Smollett had performed “immeasurable injury” by allegedly enjoying either side of honor/disgrace tradition, a far cry from the joking method wherein Barkley imagined a state of affairs the place an earnest Jussie Smollett ought to have reported to “Liam Neeson’s neighborhood” had he wished to endure an actual hate crime.
As of this writing, Jussie Smollett denies colluding with the Osundairo brothers and is henceforth sticking to his laurels, despite all of the damning proof to have surfaced within the public discussion board. Charles Barkley is however considered one of many public figures representing both the LGBTQ or Black communities, who view his actions as a backward step for a collective good.