Sir Charles Barkley has spoken on Ja Morant once again.
During his NBA career, Charles Barkley was known for being controversial. However, since retiring, he has tried to offer support to younger players who may be facing their own struggles. As an analyst on TNT, Barkley is often asked for his opinion on current basketball stars. He hasn’t held back in the past when criticizing Memphis Grizzlies player Ja Morant’s behavior.
However, during a recent appearance on The Pat McAfee Show, Barkley took a more sympathetic approach, suggesting that Morant’s actions were a desperate plea for help.
“When I saw that the other day, he was saying goodbye to his dad, his mom, his sister and they had to send to police to do a wellness check, I almost started crying,” Barkley said, referring to Morant’s alarming posts on social media this week.
“This kid is crying out for help, man. I want to know where the adults in the rooms are,” he said.
"Ja Morant is crying out for help and I'm really hoping the best for him..
I try and tell all these young guys in the league to surround themselves with the right people"
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) May 26, 2023
Barkley expressed concern over Morant’s social media posts and his need for a wellness check, stating that the young player was clearly in distress.
While Barkley expected that there would be consequences for Morant’s recent gun-waving video, he emphasized that he would prefer to see the basketball community focus on helping Morant through his challenges. “I really am hoping the best for the kid,” Barkley added, “Let’s get you some help, whatever it takes.”
Charles always calls it like he sees it, good or bad.