NBA Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Charles Barkley has flirted with the idea of getting involved with politics in the past.
However, on the final night before the Alabamians go to vote for their next senator, Barkley decided to no longer flirt with politics; instead, he hit the campaign trail.
Barkley, and Netflix star Uzo Aduba of Orange is the New Black, were among several who appeared at a get-out-the-vote rally for Democrat Doug Jones in Birmingham, on Monday evening.
Barkley has already weighed-in, forcefully, on the senate race taking place in his native state of Alabama. At one point, referring to Republican candidate Roy Moore, as a “white separatist.”
Barkley didn’t spare any harsh rhetoric in his comments on Monday night either. The Hall of Famer said Roy Moore’s supporters in Alabama were, “brainwashed.”
Barkley also expressed embarrassment, at what he perceives to be the current state of politics in his home state.
“All you have to do is talk about God and say you don’t like homosexuals … and abortion,” he said. “People are calling me saying, ‘Really Charles? Really?’ I’m embarrassed by it.”
Doubling-down on his sense of embarrassment, Barkley told the audience at the event, that at some point Alabama would have to “stop looking like idiots to the nation:
"We've got to stop looking like idiots to the nation." Retired basketball player Charles Barkley spoke at an event for Alabama Democrat Doug Jones where he urged voters not to vote for Republican candidate Roy Moore https://t.co/cGFq6o5OQJ pic.twitter.com/7wqetlgXTK
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According to Yahoo! Sports, “Barkley has considered multiple runs at the Alabama governor’s office both as a Republican and Democrat. He has also supported presidential candidate John Kasich and Democratic President Barack Obama.”