Clay Travis: “One of the big challenges is talking about difficult topics in a smart and sophisticated way for large scale audiences, and I thought Charles Barkley did a pretty good job talking about defunding the police, and also talking about the Breonna Taylor case… Nobody is actually in favor of defunding the police of any substantial number, whether you’re White, Black, Asian, or Hispanic. All of the polling on that issue doesn’t add up for anyone. Defunding the police is an absolutely ludicrous argument, and Barkley using the ‘Who are you gonna call, Ghostbusters??’ line to bring home how ridiculous the idea of doing it is. I’m stunned by how many people don’t know Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend fired the first shot, and hit a police officer before they returned fire. That is why bringing charges and being able to get a conviction is so incredibly difficult... What you are coming to realize is that common sense isn’t that common, and that it’s RARE, and that’s why Charles Barkley often times is so good at cutting through the noise, and getting to the essence of the questions that matter. I give Charles the tip of the cap.” (Full Segment Above)
Listen to Clay Travis praise Charles Barkley after the Inside the NBA host made headlines on Thursday night for his comments on the Breonna Taylor shooting that directly opposed the viewpoints of effectively every player in the NBA.
Barkley brought up specific details of the Taylor case, ones that haven’t been disputed by either side, of Taylor’s boyfriend shooting at police during the fateful night of March 13th, 2020 when Taylor was fatally wounded in the crossfire of bullets between her boyfriend and police.
“It's bad the young lady lost her life, but we do have to take into account that her boyfriend did shoot at the cops, and shot a cop. So like I said, even though I’m really sorry she lost her life, I don’t think we can just say we can put this in the same situation with George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, I just don't believe that.”
Later in the telecast (video below) Barkley would blast media members pushing a ‘Defund the Police’ narrative, saying ‘Who are Black people supposed to call? Ghostbusters??’ and later adding ‘White people, especially rich White people, they're always going to have cops, so we need to stop this defund or abolish the cops crap.’
Check out the video above as Clay details why he thinks it was refreshing to see Barkley act as one of the only members of the mainstream media with any common sense on the topic, and why he thinks many individuals in the sports media, and athletes alike are purposely leaving out pertinent details of the case to advance their own personal narrative and worldview.