Charles Barkley Calls Out Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving

Charles Barkley is never shy to speak his mind and sometimes it even gets him in trouble. The NBA great turned media personality chimed in on Kyrie Irving and all the hoop-la surrounding his behavior towards the media and his antics on the basketball court.

Here's what Barkley had to say on his recent morning show appearance:

I'm not sure what point he's trying to make. What is he saying and what is he trying to say? He starts talking about what an artist he is -- he's a basketball player. That's what he is. We're not frontline responders, we're not teachers. Man, you dribble a basketball. Stop acting like you're the smartest person in the world.

Can you talk about social issues and things like that? Of course. But some of this other stuff, I'm like 'Yo man, you do realize you're just a basketball player, right?' It seems like he's like 'I want you guys to know I'm the smartest in the room.' Well first of all, you're not. You only went to college for six months. A lot of players, a lot of guys are smarter than you are.

Just answer stupid basketball questions and if you wanna say something about social justice, say it and mean it because it's important and significant. But all that other stuff, yo man, shut the hell up and talk basketball.


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