‘Everybody Lost in This Scenario’: Charles Barkley Warns About Potential ‘Repercussions’ of Smollett Case

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NBA star Charles Barkley spoke out again on the Jussie Smollett case after it was released that all charges against him are being dropped.

During an interview with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday, Barkley spoke out about the potential damage that has been done through the highly publicized subject.

“I think that we all lose. I think my black friends, my gay black friends, I think they lose because there’s all repercussions when you’re a minority. There’s always a double standard. You have to understand that and accept that. For every black, gay person out there, we lost. And it’s unfortunate. I don’t know that kid, I wish him nothing but the best …but you always have to look at the bigger picture.”

He said that the already “tenuous” relationship between the African-American community and law enforcement could be inflamed by how the Smollett case looks.

“We made the cops look really bad in this scenario and there’s probably going to be some resentment,” Barkley said. “And the bottom line is: Everybody lost in this scenario. It’s not good.”

However, Barkley’s tone was not completely bleak, joking that he is sticking to his original advice.

“When you commit a crime, don’t write a check,” joked Barkley.


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Barkley had previously joked about the case after Smollett was charged, poking fun at the alleged evidence against him.

“America, let me just tell you something,” said Barkley. “Do not commit crimes with checks. If you’re gonna break the law, do not write a check. … Get cash, man. I never use the ATM. Now, I heard you can only get 200 dollars … Gonna make a lot of stops at the ATM. … Do not write checks when you commit illegal activity.”


As IJR reported, all 16 felony charges against Smollett were dropped. However, President Donald Trump revealed that the Justice Department will be reviewing the case to ensure that the right action was taken.

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