A stop in Baltimore for a new show called “The Race Card” had the makings of a potential healing moment for Baltimore. Earlier this week, former NBA player and TV commentator Charles Barkley came to an East Baltimore church that burned during the worst of the 2015 rioting in Baltimore after Freddie Gray’s death for a community conversation about police-community relations. But Barkley found that his non-basketball opinions didn’t go over so well.
According to The Undefeated, Sir Charles was in full contrarian form at Southern Baptist Church. But instead of opinions about Steph Curry, he told the audience, some of whom lost loved ones in police shootings and others who were community activists, that they should express sympathy about police being killed.
It sounds like it got pretty heated. At one point, an audience member asked, “How simple and arrogant are you?” Another told Barkley that she didn’t like him. Barkley in response said it didn’t bother him and that he is “like the homecoming queen. All the ugly girls hate you.”
From The Undefeated:
The meeting closed with a group of activists shouting at Barkley, who was whisked off the stage by staff and security after wishing the audience a happy Thanksgiving.
It’ll be interesting to see how the exchange is presented on the miniseries, which is scheduled to run on TNT.
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