Charles Barkley agrees with George Zimmerman verdict

Charles Barkley. (REUTERS files/Brian Snyder)

Charles Barkley. (REUTERS files/Brian Snyder)

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Former NBA player Charles Barkley says he agrees with the verdict in the case of George Zimmerman, who was acquitted in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.

In an recent interview with CNBC's Maria Bartiromo, Barkley said the jury did the right thing in the circumstances.

“I feel sorry that young kid got killed, but they didn’t have enough evidence to charge him. Something clearly went wrong that night — clearly something went wrong — and I feel bad for anybody who loses a kid, but if you looked at the case and you don’t make it — there was some racial profiling, no question about it — but something happened that changed the dynamic of that night.”

"And I know that's probably not a popular opinion among most people, but just looking at the evidence, I agree with the verdict."

Barkley said he doesn't like it when the issue of race gains attention in the media.

"I don't think the media has clean hands," he said.

The 50-year-old NBA Hall of Famer is one of many public figures to weigh in on the divisive case, which triggered an international conversation on racism in America.

President Barack Obama remarked on Friday that Martin "could have been me, 35 years ago" and asked all Americans to try to understand the racial context of the case.

Thousands of people in dozens of U.S. cities protested the verdict Saturday.


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