TMZ caught up with Charles Barkley as he made his way over to Ric Flair’s 70th birthday extravaganza. To the field reporter’s surprise, Barkley was at an unusually somber mood as he expressed mixed feelings of contempt and regret over the Jussie Smollett scandal, to which he is in no way implicated whatsoever.

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In his unplanned interview with TMZ, Barkley started by crediting Smollett as a very talented individual, before passing judgment over his actions, his claim being: Jussie has done a great injustice to both LGBTQ and the Black community, of which Charles Barkley holds a distinguishable place in this category, not so much the other.

The present TNT analyst also mentioned that Smollett had done “immeasurable damage” by allegedly playing both sides of honor/shame culture, a far cry from the joking manner in which Barkley imagined a scenario where an earnest Jussie Smollett should have reported to “Liam Neeson’s neighborhood” had he desired to suffer a real hate crime.

Jussie Smollett denies colluding with the Osundairo brothers and is henceforth sticking to with his laurels, in spite of all the incriminating evidence to have surfaced in the public forum. Charles Barkley is but one of many public figures representing either the LGBTQ or Black communities, who view his actions as a backward step for a collective good.

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