Charles Barkley Clarifies Comments On CNN: Zimmerman’s ‘Racial Profiling’ Was ‘Wrong’ But Verdict Was ‘Fair’
After causing a stir with his comments about the George Zimmerman verdict to CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo yesterday, former NBA star Charles Barkley attempted to clarify his views with Erin Burnett on CNN Friday evening. While he maintained that he “agrees” with the verdict based on the evidence in the case, he stressed that he thinks Zimmerman was “wrong” for “racially profiling” Trayvon Martin.
“I think Mr. Zimmerman was racially profiling Trayvon Martin,” Barkley told Burnett. “He was wrong in that. I think he was over-aggressive. But I think at some point, they switched places and Mr. Martin was aggressive.”
Barkley, who said he watches CNN “every day” and paid very close attention to the trial, said he came to the conclusion that “on the evidence alone, the verdict was fair.” He said Zimmerman “was wrong for racially profiling Trayvon Martin. He was wrong for following Trayvon Martin.”
Asked by Burnett if he thinks race played a role in the jury’s decision, as some say President Obama indicated in his speech earlier today, Barkley would only say that “race played a factor in Mr. Zimmerman’s mind.” But again, he said, based on the evidence alone, “I can’t disagree with the verdict.”
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