Charles Barkley didn't appreciate the criticism directed his way after comments he made about Isaiah Thomas.
The "NBA on TNT" analyst made headlines over the weekend when he was asked about a video showing the Celtics guard crying on the bench before Game 1 of the team's playoff series. Thomas was emotional because his sister had beenkilled in a car accident the day before.
When asked about Thomas crying, Barkley said: "I’m not feeling comfortable with him sitting on the sideline crying like that. That makes me uncomfortable. So that tells me he’s not in shape to play. I mean, I don’t know how this night is going to turn out, but to be sitting on the sideline a few minutes before the game, crying, that just makes me uncomfortable for him."
Thomas scored 33 points in a Game 1 loss, and before the Celtics' second game against the Bulls onTuesday night, Barkley took a moment on TNT'spregame show to address his critics.
“I want to address something that really bothered me. I heard that all these nitwits, fools, idiots were complaining what I was saying about Isaiah Thomas the other night making me uncomfortable. Number one, I don’t care what y’all think. I don’t care what your mom and daddy think either, just for the record. But to insinuate what I was trying to — what I was saying, I’m uncomfortable talking about his pain and then going to basketball. For all you nitwits, scumbags, idiots, punks, to try to make that a story because y’all don’t have ratings and use my name to draw ratings, don’t do that. You don’t have any talent, it’s the simple fact, you don’t have any talent. Let me be me.
“I’ve talked to Isaiah. He didn’t take any offense to that. What I was talking about, I wish him and his family nothing but the best. For you punks to try to make a big deal out of it, it just pisses me off.”
Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson both jumped to Barkley's defense after his comments Tuesday by agreeing that it was an uncomfortable situation.