Charles Barkley Weighs in on Jussie Smollett Case: ‘Everybody Lost…It’s Not Good’


Charles Barkley weighed in on the Jussie Smollett case on Wednesday night.

Speaking with The Late Show’s Stephen Colbert, Barkley said what he thought about the charges being dropped.

“I think that we all lose,” Barkley said. “I think my black friends, my gay black friends, I think they lose, because there are all repercussions when you are a minority.  There’s always a double standard. You have to understand that and accept that. For every black, gay person out there, we lost. And it’s unfortunate.”

He continued on: “I don’t know that kid. I wish him nothing but the best. But you have to understand, you have to always look at the big picture. Like, you know, there’s a lot of gay kids out there who are struggling. They’re getting beat up. They’re getting bullied, and things like that. And that’s not good.”

Barkley further added that the black community already has a “tenuous” relationship with cops.

“And we made the cops look really bad in this scenario,” Barkley stressed. “And there’s probably going to be some resentment. So the bottom line is everybody lost in this scenario. It’s not good.”

Watch above, via CBS

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