Charles Barkley had a lot to say when he returned to his home in Alabama for the Iron Bowl. (Brynn Anderson / Associated Press)
Charles Barkley was back in his home state, where a statue of him was unveiled in Auburn and he was supporting his team against the No. 1 Alabama in the Iron Bowl.
Because he is politically aware, it did not escape his attention that there is a hotly contested Senate special election between Roy Moore and Doug Jones looming next month. In a Washington Post report, a woman accused Moore of starting a badual encounter with her when she was 14 and he was 32. Since then, other women have filed complaints, which Moore denies.
This is Barkley, he did not mince words, saying that Moore should have been disqualified "long before all these women's things came up."
"I mean, Roy Moore runs with [former Trump campaign and White House strategist] Steve Bannon as his right hand, who is a white separatist," Barkley told reporters before Auburn upset Alabama ( via NBC ]). "I do not even get into the issue of women, but … how can you be a white separatist and represent all the voters in your state? I mean, they all go crazy over badual accusations." Roy Moore to me, when he brought Steve Bannon, he should have been disqualified. "
This, said the Turner NBA badyst," has nothing to do with being a Republican or a Democrat, it's about doing the right thing. "
If he lived in Alabama, Barkley says he would vote for Jones.
"You can not have a presidential candidate who is a white separatist," he said. "That is wrong".
In September, Barkley criticized President Trump for using blasphemy by asking any NFL player who took a knee during the national anthem to be suspended or fired.
In a speech in Huntsville, Alabama, the president told the crowd: "Would not you like to see one of these NFL owners, when someone does not respect our flag, say, take out … That son of a bitch from the field right now. | Get out! He's fired … He's fired! ", he said at a rally. "You know, some owner is going to do that, he's going to say:" That guy who does not respect our flag, he's fired. "And that owner, they do not know [but] will be the most popular person. in this country ".
Barkley told CBS "NFL Today:" "No. 1, the president of the United States should never use the word & # 39; SOB & # 39;" said Barkley, condensing Trump's choice of words. "That's just 100% inappropriate, I'm embarrbaded because he said the speech in Alabama and he received an enthusiastic reception when he said those things, so it hurts me that those ignorant people in Alabama applaud something so stupid, but the president of the United States never I should use the word & # 39; SOB & # 39; ".
Barkley continued to urge the athletes to find a way to channel their national anthem demonstrations into action.
"We, as players, come to the figure what to do next, we have to stop worrying about who is kneeling, who is not kneeling, we have to discover how we can return to our communities and make a difference. saying negative things on Twitter, that only increases … stupidity, these guys, including myself, make more money than 99.9 percent of the people in the world, we have to find a way to return to our communities and raise our Let's not worry about who is kneeling and stuff like that. "
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