Plenty of celebrities have expressed their disappointment with the outcome of George Zimmerman‘s trial, in which he was found not guilty of second-degree murder after killing 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Charles Barkley, however, is not one of them.
The basketball legend spoke with CNBC on Thursday (July 18) and admitted that he found no fault in the trial’s outcome. “Well, I agree with the verdict,” Barkley said.”I feel sorry that young kid got killed, but they didn’t have enough evidence to charge him. Something clearly went wrong that night — clearly something went wrong — and I feel bad for anybody who loses a kid, but if you looked at the case and you don’t make it — there was some racial profiling, no question about it — but something happened that changed the dynamic of that night.”
Barkley added that, based on perceived lack of evidence, he didn’t feel that Zimmerman ought to go to jail “for the rest of his life.”
“Mr. Zimmerman was wrong to pursue, he was racial profiling, but I think Trayvon Martin — God rest his soul — I think he did flip the switch and started beating the hell out of Mr. Zimmerman. But it was just a bad situation,” Barkley said.
Barkley also shared his feelings on what he sees as racism in the media, expressing his disappointment.
“I just feel bad because I don’t like when race gets out in the media because I don’t think the media has a ‘pure heart,’ as I call it,” he said. “There are very few people who have a pure heart when it comes to race. Racism is wrong in any shape [or] form — there are a lot of black people who are racist, too. I think sometimes when people talk about race, they act like only white people are racist. There are a lot of black people who are racist. And I don’t like when it gets out there in the media because I don’t think the media has clean hands.”