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Posted on: December 31, 2008 5:40 pm

Charles Barkley was arrested on suspicion of DUI and there is lots of glee, it seems, on message boards and across cyberspace.

If you are happy about this, it actually says more about you as a person, than it does Barkley.

If he did this, he should be put in jail. Drunk drivers are a plague.

However, what's equally troublesome is the reaction of people. There are many, it seems, who want Barkley to greatly suffer and their desire for these things has nothing to do with his alleged act. They want him to burn for his views and are utilizing this arrest as a window to attack him.

These people have brought race into this conversation where it didn't exist and that tells you a lot.

So when you're posting about Barkley don't hide your disgust behind fake outrage. Just say you're happy he was arrested because you don't like him or his views.

Category: NBA

Since: Jun 25, 2007
Posted on: January 1, 2009 9:49 am


From the time I heard about this incident, the first thing I thought of was "At least he was taken off the street before he got hurt or hurt someone else". I didn't hear anywhere in the reporting "Black man, Black male, racist, etc.."

All that was said was by Barkley, thanking and praising the police department for the way he was treated, "with respect and dignity." Nothing else! He never went off on the cops, he never accused them of coming after him or profiling him. He never accused them of roughing him up. He said he made a mistake.

He made a mistake in judgement. Nothing more, nothing less. He will pay his fine, serve time, go to rehab, whatever it takes. Just like anyone else who commits a crime.

I think Charles Barkley is a role model (though he may be reluctant about it, he is a role model), and he has an opportunity to tell the world, if he chooses to, about his situation and teach people about the perils about drinking and driving. He can take this negative issue and make it a positive for all people.

We need to stop all the racist crap that goes on. We are AMERICANS, nor White Americans, African-Americans, Black Americans, Italian Americans, etc. Once we get past the title, then we can move on as a nation!

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2009 9:37 am

Freeman has a point but...

A LOT of people dislike Charles Barkley because he is not afraid to mention race as a cause for many of society's ills.  Many people wish that we could stop talking about it, as if in a generation, the race issues of the first 200 years of this nation magically disappeared.  Barkley annoys these people.  For many of them, anyone who discusses race is a racist (Barkley, Sharpton, Jackson, etc.).  I agree with Freeman, this people are misguided.

HOWEVER, Chuck ENJOYS aggitating people.  He enjoys over-stating things, he enjoys a certain level of controversy.  He makes no effort to be cordial when giving his opinion (which is why LeBron called him an stupid recently).  I cannot find fault with someone who just doesn't like Chuck because of his lack of tact.  If Charles' lack of eloquence and/or tact, or his overall arrogance, or just a general disagreement with Charles outlook on basketball/life rubs someone the wrong way.... well, Freeman, that is Chuck's doing.  He wants it that way, or at least he is indifferent to their opinion.  Some people just dislike Chuck because he is an @$$.

Now, the question for those who are happy to see Chuck in trouble, which catagory do you fit in?  Ask yourself the question twice, because many of those who fit into the first category won't admit it - some of them might not even realize it. 

Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: January 1, 2009 9:29 am


Racism will exist in this country as long as people like you keep bringing it up.  I like Barkley.  Up until 1 minute ago, I never heard of you.  Now that I have read your short article about Charles, I still feel the same way about Charles, but get the feeling that you are the racist.  The only troblesome reaction to Charles' story is your reaction.


It seems Charles has some troubles to work through.  Don't make it worse on him and don't blame his troubles on others.  The country will be free from racism when jerks like you stop bringing it up.  So wake up and look around you and stop grinding your ax.

Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2009 8:36 am

what to do with drunk drivers?

If every drunk driver who got caught were put in jail there would be no room for the rapists, murderers, thieves, and other people who really need to be incarcerated. Drunks don't need jail - they need to be taken off the roads.

Since: Aug 7, 2007
Posted on: January 1, 2009 7:24 am


"However, what's equally troublesome is the reaction of people. "

drunk drivers = people's reactions to drunk drivers?

I don't think so.

Every time we react to some event reveals more about the person reacting than the actual event. There's nothing special about this case.

Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: January 1, 2009 5:25 am


Happy about this, the answer is no...
Barkley is the one whom brings race into things where it does not exist, people just respond to racist people like him.

You say...Fake outrage I believe more like freedom of speech on his part an the peoples in cyberspace.

It's Karma that's what it is.

Your not seeing the point of drinking and driving.

What would you say, if he killed someone when he ran the stop sign.

I say take his drivers license away, and give him some jail time...why? Ask someone who has lost a love one because of a person drinking and driving.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2009 3:31 am


HE brought up race and Barkley ALWAYS brings up race....remember the "token white guy" comment.  He is black so it is ok?

Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: January 1, 2009 3:28 am


While I do agree it is wrong to find pleasure in someone else's problems, I also cannot find any sympathy for someone like Barkley.  He has proven time and again he will make bad choices. 

Of course, what does the media expect to be the response on a story of Barkley once again getting into trouble.  If the media is going to put every part of a celebrities life on center stage, especially the bad/controversial things since they make better headlines for shock value, don't be hypocritical and blame others for their responses.

I do have one question for Freeman since race was brought into this conversation:  Do you consider Barkley to be racist?  I wonder because you seem to defend him a lot in the name of racism, but don't call him on it for his actions.  I remember when Barkley offered to help Auburn find a new coach, but only if the school agreed to hire a black coach.  I would think the important thing would be finding the best coach, whether he is black or not.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2009 3:28 am


read it again idiot....he says it point blank...and barkley is a racist

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: January 1, 2009 2:36 am
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