NBA Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley has indicated that he will leave his long-running TNT TV show “Inside the NBA” in two years due to cancel culture.
Since 2000, Barkley has been a fixture of the show, winning four Sports Emmy Awards for Outstanding Studio Analyst.
However, the 58-year-old Naismith Hall of Famer has some ideas about when he will leave his television job, USA Today reported.
“It’s gotten so out of hand right now, I couldn’t imagine having to watch myself,” Barkley said on Washington, DC-based sports-radio station WJFK. “You can’t even have fun nowadays without these jackasses trying to get you canceled and things like that.”
Barkley also expressed his dissatisfaction with the oversensitivity of partisan activists and social-justice warriors in the NBA and the sports world at large, Headline USA reported.
He believes that cancel culture has taken the joy out of his job and has harmed the relationship between the show’s hosts.
According to Barkley, people who were once pals are now trying to get each other fired.
“All we ever talk about behind the scenes now is, ‘Yo man, be careful going in this direction.’ We can’t even have fun any more,” Barkley said. “We’ve had fun all these years, and now all of a sudden in the last year and a half, everybody’s trying to get everybody fired and it really sucks.”
The “Round Mound of Rebound” also said that many of our managers are “cowards” who give in to social pressure to avoid being canceled themselves.
Studio officials, for example, have taken down Barkley’s decades-old and frequently repeated joke about obese ladies in San Antonio, Texas, telling them to “ease up on them churros.”
“They won’t even let me talk about San Antonio any more! You know, when I’m always talking about them big ol’ women down in San Antonio?” he said, alluding to a place where he was often mocked by fans when playing for the Phoenix Suns.
He was among the first to condemn kneeling during the national anthem, stating that he would stand instead. However, he also chastised the media for exploiting the situation to create a never-ending debate, Washington Examiner reported.
“I’m sick of talking about kneeling. What are y’all actually going to do for the community? Because all they’re doing is making people mad, with the kneeling,” he told Alabama TV station WBRC.
Last year, he entered the defund-the-police debate by endorsing police officers and condemning the violence.
“Who are black people supposed to call—Ghostbusters?—when we have crime in our neighborhood? … We need to stop that defund-and-abolish-the-cops crap,” Barkley previously said.
Barkley also charged sports teams with making social justice concerns a circus by plastering phrases like “black lives matter” on jerseys and basketball courts. He claims that Americans prefer to watch sports to escape the world’s stresses rather than participate in them.