As America continues to process the Jussie Smollett controversy, outspoken forms for basketball star Charles Barkley raised eyebrows with his perspective Thursday night
During halftime of TNT's Houston Rockets-Los Angeles Lakers game, commentators Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson were considering a list of possible NBA scenarios as the league's playoffs approach.
At one point, they were asked which scenario had no chance of happening.
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"Two black guys beating a black guy up," came Barkley's reply, in an apparent reference to the Smollett case. The remark drew nervous laughter from his co-hosts and off-camera staffers.
"Just thinking out loud," Barkley added.
Later, Barkley was alluded to reports that Smollett had allegedly written a $ 3,500 check to pay for two but to attack him.
"America, let me just tell you something," Barkley said. “Do not commit crimes with checks. If you're gonna break the law, don't write a check. … Get cash, man. I never use the ATM. Now, you can only get $ 200 … Gonna make a lot of stops at the ATM. … Do not write checks when you commit illegal activity. ”
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Before a Commercial break, Barkley offered some advice directly to Smollett. "Jussie, you wasted all that time and money. You know what you should? Just went up to Liam Neeson's neighborhood. You could solved all your damn problems. ”
Neeson made headlines of his own recently, saying that he developed a black man after learning that had been raped by a black suspect.
The actor's remarks drew swift backlash.