Fresh off rallying voters in his home state of Alabama to support Doug Jones over Roy Moore in a Senate special election, Barkley turned his thoughts back towards Ball Wednesday, and there didn’t appear to be anything lighthearted about his comments. Asked about the outspoken patriarch, who recently oversaw the withdrawals of his two younger sons from UCLA and high school, respectively, and their signings with a professional basketball team in Lithuania, Barkley blasted Ball as someone making up for a lack of “talent” by “exploiting his kids.”
“I just feel sadness that the media — CNN, ESPN — has given this guy a platform,” Barkley said on ESPN’s “Golic and Wingo” show. “He represents everything that is bad about sports. It’s all about him.
“I just feel bad for those kids, because everybody’s talking about how he might be a good father, this and that. No, he’s not. He’s just exploiting his kids.”
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