Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Barkley Rips Alma Mater For Not Hiring Black Football Coach

Former NBA basketball player turned sports analyst and social commentator, Charles Barkley, has ripped his Alma Mater Auburn University for not hiring a black head football coach who he felt was qualified for the position. Auburn hired Gene Chizik who went 5-19 in his only coaching experience at Iowa State, instead of a black coach Turner Gill whose record is 15 - 22 at Buffalo State. Barkley stated the following:

“It’s a comment on Auburn. It’s a comment on the state of Alabama,” Barkley said Monday night. “I just feel sadness because you know what people think of the South and Alabama, things like that. And you just hope that at some point, that people are going to say we’re going to change this. Or it’s just going to stay status quo.”

Charles Barkley is one of the few ex-athletes who will openly speak about race issues. Whether you agree or disagree with him, he calls it likes he sees it. Thanks to the Atlanta Journal Constitution for the article.