Charles Barkley is firing back against critics who have been taking the mighty-mouthed basketball analyst to the shed on social media for his comments concerning Celtics star Isaiah Thomas’ display of emotion in the wake of his sister’s tragic death.
“I want to address something that really bothered me,” Barkley said. “I heard that all these nitwits, fools, idiots were complaining what I was saying about Isaiah Thomas the other night making me uncomfortable. Number one, I don’t care what y’all think. I don’t care what your mom and daddy think either, just for the record. But to insinuate what I was trying to — what I was saying, I’m uncomfortable talking about his pain and then going to basketball. For all you nitwits, scumbags, idiots, punks, to try to make that a story because y’all don’t have ratings and use my name to draw ratings, don’t do that. You don’t have any talent, it’s the simple fact, you don’t have any talent. Let me be me.
“I’ve talked to Isaiah. He didn’t take any offense to that. What I was talking about, I wish him and his family nothing but the best. For you punks to try to make a big deal out of it, it just pisses me off.”
Thomas performed incredibly under the circumstances in Game 1 Sunday, and scored 20 points in Tuesday night’s Game 2 111-97 loss to the Bulls before flying home to Washington to be with his family.
Thomas, 28, received word on Saturday, April 15, that his 22-year-old sister, Chyna Thomas, had been killed in a one car accident in Federal Way, Washington, earlier that morning. The grieving sports star bravely played in the Celtics’ Sunday night playoff game against the Chicago Bulls. Prior to Game 1, Thomas broke down and cried on the bench as his homie Avery Bradley comforted him.
On TNT’s pregame show, Charles Barkley and the studio crew discussed Thomas’ situation.
“I’m not sure what to say — I’m not feeling comfortable with him sitting on the sideline crying like that,” Barkley said on the pregame show. “That makes me uncomfortable. So that tells me he’s not in shape to play. I mean, I don’t know how this night is going to turn out, but to be sitting on the sideline a few minutes before the game, crying, that just makes me uncomfortable for him.
“That’s just not a good look for him, in my personal opinion. I mean, he is clearly devastated, like we all would be if we lost a sibling, but sitting on the sideline right before the game, that makes me uncomfortable.”
His comments didn’t sit well with the social media moshpit.
Just in case you wanted more proof about why Charles Barkley is the worst pic.twitter.com/13zNGnfgzc— cole p (@_cap22) April 17, 2017
So Isaiah Thomas crying because he lost his sister makes you uncomfortable? It's a bad look? Charles Barkley is a joke of human being.— Alex Ott (@AlexOtt6) April 17, 2017
I've always hated Charles Barkley— Tay (@tzastrow15) April 17, 2017
Barkley probably could have apologized to whoever he offended, but that just wouldn't be him. When you clap at Barkley, he claps back. It's just in his DNA.