Barkley is known for voicing the unpopular sentiment, separating his views on the world from the constraints of his own race, and often from simple logic. But has he, finally, drifted into Skip Bayless territory? Is Barkley now just taking the unpopular view simply to grab attention and ratings?
Charles is being widely ripped at this hour for his Ferguson comments -- something not unexpected, least of all by Barkley himself, who feeds on controversy like zombies on brains. But it's been Fox News, of all places, where the most pointed criticism has emerged.
“[Barkley] has not seen a poor neighborhood in 20 years, number one. He’s running as a Republican for the Senate. He’s putting his nose in this and he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”
Beckel is Fox News' resident semi-progressive, because there has to be one, and he wears suspenders so why not? (Also, Barkley is no longer a Republican, nor a candidate for office).
But it's interesting to see how the pot has now been re-stirred. Has Barkley lost touch with his roots? Are his comments just to make people mad? Or is he now old enough to be your crotchety grandpa, who says exactly what happens to be in his brain at that moment, damn the consequences? I've interacted with Barkley a few times and know him as a man with heart, always willing to help others and quick to smile (he once noted that I wasn't bold enough to shave my head).
But he can also be confounding, and you're never really sure of his motives. Has he lost touch with his background? Some seem to think so.