Charles Barkley was slammed on social media after saying he thinks professional athletes should be among the first to receive the coronavirus vaccine.
The former professional basketball player said during Thursday’s “Inside the NBA”: “Three hundred million shots, give a thousand to some NBA players, NFL players, hockey players.
“Listen, as much taxes as these players pay – let me repeat that – as much taxes as these players pay, they deserve some preferential treatment.”
Charles Barkley is everything wrong with humanity.pic.twitter.com/YiCAqJzdho
— Jonesy #267 (@NobbysDog) January 15, 2021
Kenny Smith, one of Barkley’s fellow panellists on the show, then asked, “For life and death? The amount of money you make…” as Barkley insisted it was more about the taxes than the income.
“I said taxes. I didn’t say the amount of money you make,” he said. “I said the amount of taxes these guys pay.”
“We can’t go there,” Smith responded. “I don’t think you can go there.”
See some of the online reaction to the comments below.
Charles Barkley's opinion holds very little weight in the grand scheme of opinions, in my opinion.
— shelley rome (@Shelley_Rome) January 15, 2021
Charles Barkley needs to sit down and be grateful he has some money.
— Moxitude 👩🏻🦽🧙♀️👑🧶 (@Suddenstorm0) January 15, 2021
People that make minimum wage are delivery packages and keeping stores stocked that make this country works. They are essential and need the vaccine before #CharlesBarkley and pro ball players.
— Renee (@ReneeRevelation) January 15, 2021
Charles Barkley is an idiot.
— #StopKillingUs (@quelmazing) January 15, 2021
Charles Barkley has always been the weakest link on this show. This is pathetic. https://t.co/WGwJ8Kro8u
— Amaan Charaniya (@amaan_c) January 15, 2021
— Theresa Miller 🏁 (@RealTheresaM) January 15, 2021
Charles Barkley always saying dumb shit. 🙄 https://t.co/n7cz65kxy4
— Jeff (@JeffBartlett85) January 15, 2021
Charles Barkley continues to be wrong as loudly as possible https://t.co/wFZriW4yup
— Jawn Rothstein, VP of Drinking Beers (@jawn_rothstein) January 15, 2021