Charles Barkley on LeBron’s latest race comments: “It’s like watching a movie. Just when you think it couldn’t get any stupider, it gets more stupid.”

October 1, 2010 – 11:00 am by Chris Fedor

Donovan McNabb had been waiting his entire career to get the kind of weapons on offense to take his team to the next level. Once the Eagles got the weapons in place with Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson, Brent Celek, and LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia traded him away. This weekend, McNabb will make his return to Philadelphia for the first time wearing a jersey other than an Eagles jersey. Not only will he make his return to Philadelphia as a member of the Redskins, but to add a little more intrigue to the matchup, Donovan McNabb will be going against Michael Vick, whom he mentored in 2009.

Vick came in after Kevin Kolb got hurt in the first game of the year against Green Bay and has played better than he ever has in his career and is an early season MVP candidate.

With how harsh Philly fans have been in the past, one of the biggest questions this weekend will be whether the fans will cheer or boo McNabb in his return. Charles Barkley is a Donovan McNabb fan and he is also an Eagles fan? So what will he do this weekend when McNabb makes his return to Philly? Wear a Redskins jersey to the Linc.

Charles Barkley joined WIP in Philadelphia with Howard Eskin and Ike Reese to talk about his plans for this Sunday’s game between the Redskins and Eagles, why he is planning on wearing a McNabb jersey to the game, whether or not he is a Redskins fans now, why he thinks the Redskins will win this weekend, whether or not he thinks the fans should cheer or boo McNabb, and talks about LeBron’s comments from the other night about race being an issue in people’s criticism of his decision.

On the game this weekend between the Redskins and Eagles:

“I can’t wait to get to the game Sunday and I wanna personally thank Mr. Daniel Snyder for sending me my Donovan McNabb Redskins jersey. I cannot wait. I’m a little disturbed because I’m pulling for Michael Vick, but I always have said that Donovan never has gotten the respect he deserves in Philadelphia and before Michael Vick got into the game I did not know that. But I’m wearing my Donovan McNabb jersey and I can’t wait till Sunday at 4:15 Eastern.”

Do you know how stupid it is for you to wear that jersey this weekend?

“I can’t be a Donovan McNabb fan because I’m in Philadelphia? I’ve got to be an Eagles fan? (Host: You were never a Redskins fan correct?) You’re right. I’m a Donovan McNabb fan. (Host: But it’s Philadelphia.) Are you telling me no other fans can wear a jersey in the Linc? (Host: You don’t wear that jersey to this stadium in a rivalry game.) Is that one of the Ten Commandments right behind thou shall not kill? I can be a fan for who I wanna be. (Host: You know you’re gonna get abused right?) Well, I’m not worried about that. When they win the game, I’m gonna get the last laugh too. (Host: When who wins the game?) When the Redskins win the game.”

On why the Redskins will win:

“It’s called karma. It’s called karma Howard. Donovan has never been treated good and it’s karma. The football gods are going to rise up and this is going to get the Redskins season started.”

On whether or not he thinks the fans should cheer McNabb:

“You know what I would love to see the Eagles to do, the first time Donovan McNabb comes into the game, call a timeout and let him get the standing ovation that he so richly deserves. Then after that they can boo the guy and I understand that. They should do something to give the guy the standing ovation he deserves when the game gets started Howard.”

On why there is a debate about cheering or booing McNabb:

“What is the debate about giving the guy who is clearly the greatest quarterback in Eagles history. Clearly, not even close. He’s probably one of the five best players in Eagles history. I’ve been in Philadelphia since 1984 and trust me he’s head and shoulders above every player. Can you believe we’re actually having a debate about what kind of reception one of the five greatest players in Eagles history is going to get?”

On LeBron talking about race being an issue in the criticism he’s received:

“It’s like watching a movie. Just when you think it couldn’t get any stupider, it gets more stupid.”

On LeBron continuing to make bad decisions:

“Howard I’m telling you. Sometimes you just say he’s making bad decisions and you’re like okay, he’s gonna get it together. Then he makes more bad decisions. The thing that’s interesting about LeBron, I don’t think Magic, Michael, and myself, we said we wouldn’t have did it. That’s not a criticism. We were asked a question. I don’t want to play with Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, or Michael, I want to beat them. That’s strictly basketball. The only criticism I’ve heard about LeBron and it was my biggest criticism, that decision thing was just stupid. It was stupid. The second thing when they all came out there dancing around on stage, that was silly. That’s the only thing I’ve heard LeBron get criticized about. That has nothing to do with race. That’s what makes this last thing so stupid. That’s stupid. The only criticism of LeBron has been the decision and the one hour of our life that we can’t have back. And ESPN, oh my God. Oh my God. To go down to training camp and report everyday is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever seen. I’m watching yesterday and one of the guys actually said LeBron looked fierce in practice. I’m like fierce in practice? What the hell does that mean? He was fierce in the second day of training camp. You’re like come on man, he really didn’t say that did he. This summer with LeBron and all the stuff that went on is like a bad movie. You just can’t make this stuff up.”

On the catering to LeBron:

“No question. They do realize the Lakers have won the last two championships. If you’re going to cater to somebody at least cater to the guys who have actually won the last two championships. They have definitely crossed the line and this is unprecedented. This is unprecedented ass kissing.”

Listen to Charles Barkley on WIP in Philly here

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  1. 27 Responses to “Charles Barkley on LeBron’s latest race comments: “It’s like watching a movie. Just when you think it couldn’t get any stupider, it gets more stupid.””

  2. Of course this is like a movie!! i mean i never thought that the day that most fans would agree on something with charles would ever come, but here it is and only because of Lebron and his hoopla, but i dont blame Lebron 100% is those ESPN assholes who had been creating this hype-monster ever since he got out of high school, dont get me wrong Lebron is a freak of nature but not even Michael Jordan, Magic (even tho he won his first ring as a ROOKIE, but nobody ever called him King or any other stupid nickname) or Kobe Bryant had that kind of Hype, and even if lebron doesnt ever won a single ring, the media power that ESPN and other brands give him are gonna make him the “chosen one” no matter what, thats how powerful a brand can make you!!

    By Carlito on Oct 1, 2010

  3. Basketball is a game. Racism, bigotry and discrimination are not. Therefore, what is the game that uses a “RACE CARD”? Magic? Dominoes? Poker? Golf? The game of “LIFE”?

    The idea of a “race card” is to suggest that one is dealing from the bottom of the “deck” when discrimination is perceived, real or imaginary. Members of the media, lobbyist along with politicians are playing the RATINGS/ Get ELECTED game and fanning people’s emotional flames when they frame an issue citing a “RACE CARD”. The result, a confused public and a distraction from the core issues that are at the heart of the “flash point”. Racism has little to do with the backlash following Lebron & his team’s “decision”.

    Ignorance has ALL to do with the “black-eye” Lebron is sporting these days. From both sides. The negativity that has been unleashed on Lebron by the media has more to do with a “dream unfulfilled”. Eight years ago, the media prematurely gave Lebron the crown and glory that comes with being a “king”. And eight years later; NO TITLE, NO KINGDOM, a new title- LeQUITTER, LeBacle, SIDEKICK.

    Lebron and his team in addition to his fans are at fault for being witless believers– they bought, ingested, and spewed the hyperbole- HOOK, LINE and SINKER. The ball is clearly in Lebron James’ court (of public opinion)– the only “title” he should be concerned with is “CHAMPION”. A title that can’t be given to NOR taken away- but can only be EARNED.

    There are many “chiefs” in the NBA; yet, there currently, there is only one “KING” of the NBA. And to wear that title (pun intended), you have a lot of catching up to do. Unfortunately, you can’t catch what you can’t touch.

    A man made is a MADE MAN.

    By heh8meN1 on Oct 1, 2010

  4. AS far as I can see there is only on “king” and that would be KOBE and the LAKERS are the Champions, they are THE TEAM in the NBA everything else is just promo media hype! Kobe wears rings not crowns!

    By meg on Oct 1, 2010

  5. Only Kings Have Rings. Nuff Said.

    By Ed on Oct 1, 2010

  6. 3 words…


    enough said!

    By Silvia on Oct 1, 2010

  7. LeBron who??????

    By P Sandoval on Oct 1, 2010

  8. LeBoob continues to make himself look like the dumbest basketball player, excuse me, person to ever live. Playing the race card is the only thing he has left. He can’t explain why he disrespected the owner of the Cavaliers, who by the way, done everything LeBoob could have wanted. He disrespected the fans and he continually disrespected everyone who came in contact with him. The people of South Beach can have him I just hope none of you have to wait on him in a restaurant or anywhere else, the no tippin’ prick! He has forgot where he came from!

    By Jerry on Oct 1, 2010

  9. picture an arrogant, obnoxious, self-centered, self-proclaimed aristocrat demanding everyone’s time. picture him in your head. now pretend he is white. I still hate him.

    By Rhett on Oct 1, 2010


    By CLYDE CASSEL on Oct 1, 2010

  11. Business Saavy???? Wouldn’t it have been much more business saavy to go to the Knicks? This decision was the least business saavy one he could have made. His decision was basketball saavy not business saavy.

    By NB on Oct 1, 2010

  12. chuck shut your fat lip…did you ever win anything? You are like Dan Marino all those wins and no ring…buff said GO HEAT.

    By Rommel on Oct 1, 2010

  13. LeBron James’ decision was indeed very unpopular but whether it was right or wrong remains to be seen. Let’s just wait who will be the NBA champion this 2010.

    By Gary Perez on Oct. 1, 2010

    By Gary Perez on Oct 1, 2010


    By ROGER on Oct 2, 2010

  15. This is typical Soledad O’Brien, everything is about race with her. Thank You Charles for setting the record straight. The first thing I would do if I were James would be to say, STOP calling me KING! There have been some GREAT players in the NBA, if this guy played in the days when DEFENSE was actually played and players took OFFENSIVE fouls he would NOT be as good as he appears to be. Take your EGO and GO HOME JAMES. Kobe is the man

    By JerryWestFan on Oct 2, 2010

  16. You guys got it all wrong. It is a slight backlash because of his race you know why. Cause there was no backlash before he made his decision that he rightfully was allowed to do. My thing is if you feel he was arrogant, selfish etc where was on the backlash before? Everyone loved him. Now is that the mane reason why people don’t like lebron because of his race? No, you have to be retarded to think that. However it does play a part in why they don’t like him personally.

    By Ya Boy on Oct 2, 2010

  17. I disagree, he made himself bigger than the game. No one is bigger than the game. Humble players make the best teammates and players. As good as MJ was he was always humble as competitive as he was, and NO ONE wanted to WIN more than MJ. This has nothing to do with race, it was an self centered egotistical embarrisment. ESPN took advantage of this for ratings, it was about MONEY for them and he looked bad for it. There is a FINE LINE between confidence and COCKY and he passed it, and as a result he is NOT likeable, he is the TO (Terrell Owens) of the NBA, expect a reality TV show soon. He is not likeable

    By JerryWestFan on Oct 2, 2010

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