Charles Barkley says the NBA flubbed its handling of the most recent Kyrie Irving drama ... explaining Tuesday night he believes the league should've suspended the Nets star over his controversial tweet.
Barkley didn't mince words while talking about the situation on "Inside the NBA" -- calling Irving an "idiot" ... and blasting the Association for not dropping the hammer on the point guard.
"I think Adam [Silver] should have suspended him," Barkley said. "First of all, Adam is Jewish -- you can’t take my $40 million and insult my religion. You gonna insult me, you have the right, but I have the right to say, ‘You can’t take my $40 million and insult my religion.'"
"I think the NBA, they made a mistake."
Two days after posting a link to an antisemitic film (that’s still up), here’s Kyrie Irving:
- Claiming that posting a link to something isn’t promoting it 🤔
Irving never apologized for sharing it ... and, in fact, two days after sending the tweet, he got into a tiff with a reporter who had suggested he had been "promoting" the film on his platform.
Irving did, though, eventually take down the tweet. He also said in a separate tweet he is not antisemitic.
But, Barkley's co-host, Shaq, had issues with it all as well ... calling Irving an "idiot" too.
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Meanwhile, during TNT's broadcast of the Nets vs. Bulls game ... Reggie Miller, who was commentating the game, said he was disappointed there was not a vocal outcry from players in the league over it all.
The Nets have not yet made Irving available to the media since his testy Saturday press conference -- with Brooklyn GM Sean Marks saying Tuesday night he wanted to let "cooler minds prevail" before handing over the mic to the 30-year-old again.