Charles Barkley Warns Media Will Take Advantage of National Anthem Protests: They’re ‘Not Our Friend’

Monday on “The Dan Patrick Show,” NBA Hall of Fame’s Charles Barkley warned the media will take advantage of the national anthem protest controversy that was ramped up by President Donald Trump’s criticisms.

According to Barkley, this controversy will not go away anytime soon because it is the type of story that will dominate the news cycle.

“I don’t tell people how to protest or not protest. You do what you want to. I would stand for the national anthem, personally, but I don’t ever tell anybody how to protest, and especially if they’re peaceful. If they’re peaceful, that’s the right way to go. Now they’ve got the platform, they got to use it because we’re going to spend all our — wasting our time — this is where the players got to be smarter. They’ve got to understand the media is not our friend,” Barkley told host Dan Patrick.

He added, “Don’t let the media make all this money, because they’re on TV and radio 24/7 talking about who’s kneeling and people calling in and arguing for four hours at a time, but what are they arguing about, that’s the most important thing.”

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