Charles Barkley is a vocal proponent for a tougher NBA, but he took it to the level of outright insensitivity Sunday.
TNT’s Inside the NBA aired footage of Thomas, the Celtics guard whose sister died yesterday in a car crash, crying during shoot-around and being consoled by teammate Avery Bradley. Here’s what Barkley said:
“I’m not feeling comfortable with him sitting on the sideline crying like that. That makes me uncomfortable because that tells me he’s not in shape to play. I don’t know how this night is going to turn out. But to be sitting on the sideline a few minutes before the game, crying, that makes me uncomfortable for him. That’s just not a good look, in my personal opinion.”