Charles Barkley is a man who is not afraid to share whatever is on his mind, and it’s been like that for decades. Just recently, one of his statements brought a lot of attention from the media when on the show Inside the NBA, he said NBA players and professionals athletes, in general, should get the COVID-19 vaccine before everybody else. To make things even worse, Barkley said athletes pay more taxes, which should enable them to get preferential treatment.
While making a recent appearance on The Ellen Show, Barkley apologized for his statement, saying he didn’t want to offend anyone. Barkey’s comments were misinterpreted by a lot of people who thought he believes athletes and NBA players are more important than regular people who need the vaccine equally or even more than the athletes themselves.
I made it seem like they were more important than other people, and they are not. It came off stupid, and I apologize if anybody was offended. I want my players to be safe. If they can get that vaccine and I hope they get it. We have no idea how this thing will affect people in 10,20,30 years, but I came off as an elite person, and I apologize if anybody took it like that.Charles Barkley, via The Ellen Show
We all know Barkley is not a bad guy, and a lot of times, he says certain things before actually thinking through, and this is where this statement about preferential treatment regarding vaccination came from. He is definitely right when he says professional athletes should look to get vaccinated as soon as possible, but nevertheless, not at the expense of people who need it more and are at higher risk from attracting and treating COVID-19.