"For you punks to try to make a big deal out of it, it just pisses me off.”
Prior to Game 1 of the Celtics vs Bulls series on Sunday night, cameras were all over a grieving Isaiah Thomas who was mourning the tragic death of his sister, Chyna.
During TNT's pregame show, Charles Barkley remarked how uncomfortable it made him feel to see Isaiah Thomas crying on the Celtics bench, which drew plenty of criticism.
These were Barkley's comments before Game 1, per Yahoo Sports,
“I’m not sure what to say — I’m not feeling comfortable with him sitting on the sideline crying like that,” he said on the pregame show. “That makes me uncomfortable. So that tells me he’s not in shape to play. I mean, 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 just makes me uncomfortable for him."
“That’s just not a good look for him, in my personal opinion. I mean, he is clearly devastated, like we all would be if we lost a sibling, but sitting on the sideline right before the game, that makes me uncomfortable.”
Last night, Barkley defended those comments, calling out the nitwits, scumbags, idiots and punks who made a big deal out of nothing. He added that he has spoken to Isaiah Thomas and that he wasn't offended by what was said on Sunday night.
"For all you nitwits, scumbags, idiots, punks, to try to make that a story because y’all don’t have ratings and use my name to draw ratings, don’t do that. You don’t have any talent, it’s the simple fact, you don’t have any talent. Let me be me."
Check out Barkley's response from last night below.