(The Wrap-Up Magazine) Watch this video... Former NBA star and TNT commentator Charles Barkley appeared on Dan Le Batard's radio show, spewing the same rhetoric that he has over the years during the topic of police brutality. Barkley weighed in on the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police officers, and made some controversial comments.
“We need the cops, especially in the black community. We as black people; we’ve got to do better. We never get mad when black people kill each other, which that always has bothered me,” Barkley said. "I've always said we as black people, if you want respect you have to give respect. You can't demand respect from white people and the cops if you don't respect each other," he continued.
Barkley has often spoken out about black-on-black crime while reiterating his support of police officers. He noted that the officers probably panicked in each situation. In particular with the shooting of Castile, Barkley says he spoke with his bodyguard (a black cop) who says to never put your ID where you put your gun. He says Castile warned the cop that he had a gun and then reached, which set off a panic. Barkley also gave an explanation for the Sterling shooting saying, "In Louisiana I think those cops clearly overreacted, but there's no doubt in my mind that if I'm fighting with a guy and somebody scream gun, and I got a gun, I'm gonna shoot the guy."