*Charles Barkley is sorta kinda walking back his comments on the George Zimmerman verdict which he thought was “fair.”
Friday on CNN, while speaking with Erin Burnette, Barkley said he’s still saying that he “agrees” with the verdict based on the evidence in the case. However, he stressed that he thinks Zimmerman was “wrong” for “racially profiling” Trayvon Martin.
“I think Mr. Zimmerman was racially profiling Trayvon Martin,” Barkley told Burnett. “He was wrong in that. I think he was over-aggressive. But I think at some point, they switched places and Mr. Martin was aggressive.”
The NBA commentator/analyst and former player said he came to the conclusion that “on the evidence alone, the verdict was fair.” He said Zimmerman “was wrong for racially profiling Trayvon Martin. He was wrong for following Trayvon Martin.”
When asked if race played a role, Barkley would only say that “race played a factor in Mr. Zimmerman’s mind.” But he also said, based on the evidence alone, “I can’t disagree with the verdict.”