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Charles Barkley sounds off on Stephen A. Smith following Nets hiring Steve Nash

Sir Charles has spoken.

Quickly following the Brooklyn Nets hiring of Steve Nash, some were calling out ‘white privilege’ at play. Stephen A. Smith was adamant that the Nets hired Nash simply because he was white.

Charles Barkley was “disappointed” talking heads used Nash’s hiring to highlight white privilege.

“I was very disappointed in some of the guys on television today talking about white privilege. Very disappointed,” Barkley said on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” on Thursday. “They’re like, ‘Well, this doesn’t happen to Black guys.’ And I’m like, ‘It happened to Doc Rivers. It happened to Jason Kidd. It happened to Derek Fisher.’” 

Barkley was not here for any talk of “white privilege.” 

“When you have a responsibility, especially when you have to talk about something as serious as race, you can’t be full of crap,” Barkley said. “You’ve got to be honest and fair.

“Steve Nash is a great player and a good dude. But I was so disappointed in some of these guys. I was like, ‘Dude, Black guys have done this before.’ Now, do we need more Black coaches in the NBA? Yes. Do we need more Black coaches in college football? Yes. Do we need more Black coaches in pro football. Yes.” 

The simple fact is “Talking Heads” like to play the race card and stir the pot. That’s pretty much what Stephen A. Smith gets paid to do.

Charles on the other hand doesn’t have any agenda, he always speaks his truth.