Charles Barkley: Unvaccinated People Are ‘Just A**holes’

Charles Barkley commentates from the booth during The Match: Champions For Charity at Medalist Golf Club on May 24, 2020 in Hobe Sound, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images for The Match)
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Former NBA star and current sports analyst Charles Barkley had strong words for those who have yet to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, saying those who have not yet received the shot are “just a**holes.”

“Yes, I’m vaccinated,” Barkley said, according to CNBC. “Everybody should be vaccinated. Period.”

“The only people who are not vaccinated are just a-holes,” he added.

Barkley, now a 58-year-old TNT basketball analyst, also suggested that coronavirus vaccines should be mandatory for players in professional sports leagues.

Charles Barkley

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“Can you imagine if one of these guys that are not vaccinated, if they get one of these players’ kids, wives, girlfriends, moms and dads sick and they die over some unnecessary conspiracy bulls***,” Barkley said. “I think that would be tragic.

“There’s s*** you can’t do at work, and there’s s*** that have to do at work,” he added. “So every workplace has rules, and I think one of the rules [should be] that guys have to be vaccinated.”

As reported by CNBC, up to 80 percent of NFL players, 90 percent of NBA players, and 85 percent of MLB players have reportedly received their first dose of the vaccine.

In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, syringes containing the COVID-19 vaccine are displayed in Pompano Beach, Fla. The nation’s biggest immunization rollout in history is facing pushback from an unlikely source: health care workers who witnessed COVID-19′s devastation firsthand but are refusing shots in surprising numbers. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, …

(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Barkley, an Alabama native, seemingly echoed his home state Gov. Kay Ivey’s remarks on those who have yet to be vaccinated. Last week, Ivey, a Republican, said it is “time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks” for the rise in COVID-19 cases in the Yellowhammer State.

“Let’s be crystal clear about this issue,” Ivey said. “The new cases of Covid are because of unvaccinated folks. Almost 100 percent of the new hospitalizations are with unvaccinated folks. And the deaths are certainly occurring with the unvaccinated folks.”

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