A lot of people have publicly expressed outrage after George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murder in the death of Trayvon Martin. Charles Barkley isn’t one of them. In fact, he agrees with the “not guilty” verdict. In an interview with CNBC, he explains his position.
“I feel sorry [Trayvon Martin] got killed but [the prosecution] didn’t have enough evidence to charge [Zimmerman],” Barkley said. “Something clearly went wrong that night. Clearly something went wrong and I feel bad for anybody that loses a kid.”
“I don’t like when race gets out in the media,” Barkley continued. “I don’t think media has a pure heart, as I call it. Very few people have a pure heart when it comes to race. Racism is wrong in any form, a lot of black people are racist too.”
Barkley, known for his honesty and candidness on TNT‘s “Inside the NBA” program, wasn’t clear on who the “very few people” are that have a “pure heart” on the topic of race. He told Bartiromo that Zimmerman was wrong for “racially profiling” Martin that night.
He added, however, that Trayvon did “flip the switch” and “start beating the hell out of Mr. Zimmerman.”
Barkley said he watched the trial closely and that some members of the media had a “hidden agenda” while discussing the Zimmerman trial on television – that the media became a platform for certain media pundits to get their racist views out.