Charles Barkley to Kyrie Irving: ‘You’re not the smartest man in the room’

Charles Barkley has never been one to leave you wondering what he’s thinking. The former NBA player will gladly give you his thoughts and opinions on a subject if asked.

Recently, during a radio interview, the hall of famer was asked about Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving refusal to meet with the media and has odd response on why he did so.

Before Barkley responded, the NBA let Irving know they weren’t thrilled with his refusal to meet with the media, slapping him with a $25,000 fine. Then the former Boston Celtic responded, giving yet another weird, convoluted, word salad.

Irving said: “It’s really just about how I felt about the mistreatment of certain artists when we get to a certain platform of when we make decisions within our lives to have full control and ownership … We want to perform in a secure and protected space.” 

Huh? Sounds like an awful like someone has an exaggerated view of themselves and their profession of playing a children’s game.

Barkley was asked his opinion on Irving’s move and subsequent statement and it was one that we’ve come to expect from Charles. He makes the comment that Kyrie often makes statements like this as if he’s trying to prove just how intelligent he is. Barkley goes onto say that speaking to the media is part of being paid millions to play basketball and that answering stupid basketball questions is something Kyrie should do without trying to consider himself an artist.

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