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Charles Barkley: The Voice of Reason?

Charles knows what's up

Charles Barkley is the voice of reason and made some intelligent points today regarding Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler.  Barkley?  The same guy who once said, “As long as I led the Southeastern Conference in scoring, my grades would be fine,” shows more intellect than a number of players currently in the NFL.

On the Waddle & Silvy Show today on ESPN 1000, Barkley stuck up for Cutler by stating, “I think it was inappropriate and wrong to question a guy’s heart. Now reporters, they’re going to do what they want to. They’re entitled to their opinion. But as players, I don’t think it’s appropriate to question another guy’s heart.”

Barkley is absolutely right.  It goes without saying that Cutler has been receiving a lot of flak for his performance this past Sunday against the Packers.  Many people have questioned his injury, his character, and his durability, when in fact he is 1 of only 5 quarterbacks to start 63 or more games in the past 4 seasons.  Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, or Ben Roethlisberger are some of the QB’s that cannot say the same.

Maurice Jones-Drew was one of the most prominent names in the bashing of Cutler over the weekend.  Barkley brought up a good point in response to Jones-Drew’s bashing, “That crosses the line, because you don’t know. If you go back and start looking at all the stuff that’s been said, and clearly one of the more vocal critics was Maurice Jones-Drew, and then you find out he missed the last two games with a bad knee. And he was really the first guy who crucified Jay. You have to be careful, because in the two most important games of the year, he sat out with a bad knee. And then it really makes him look like an idiot now.”

It’s amazing to me that Barkley showed intelligence and actual logic when speaking about Cutler and his injury this past Sunday, and many other current and former players, were far less rational.  One former Packer, Greg Koch, absurdly stated in regards to Cutler, “I just never thought that his tampon would fall out on national TV.”

Barkley is typically hilarious and rather dense, so when he is starting to make great points, we are in serious trouble.  The Sports Minion definitely prefers  Sir Charles with his usual comical banter, but today was bizarro world.

  1. Bob Durden
    January 25, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Barkley is great, he makes the usual boring nba games on TNT watchable. Cuttler is a punk though

  2. January 25, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Barkley also got arrested for receiving oral favors.
    Stephen <—likes this.

    • January 26, 2011 at 11:23 am

      Stephen G, that is true. Barkley is an interesting dude. Thanks for your business at chitownteez.com, say hello to Ron Kittle for me.

  3. January 25, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Great article here. Man, the news never stops in the NFL eh? It has been really interesting to see all the different angles that people have been taking with regards to the Jay Cutler story. The players obviously have a dislike for Cutler and were not going to give him the benefit of the doubt on anything. I think it shows a lack of respect from his fellow NFLers, which can’t be a good sign for a player. Despite his god given abilities and him taking his team to the NFC Championship this year there is definitely something missing in Cutler. I personally think the players had the right to talk because, well, it’s a free country right. However, it can’t be any good for Cutler and Chicago has to figure out where they wanna go with their QB situation because I know a lot of NFL fans are calling for the Bears to go in a different direction. Also, you think you could check out my blog cuz I’d love to hear what you have to say. http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2011/01/25/emotional-disconnect/

    • January 26, 2011 at 11:21 am

      Chris, thank you for your comments. You’re correct in that players can speak their mind, but when a strike is looming, it’s probably best they stop acting like clowns. Cutler must get his act together, through all his antics, he has shown glimpses of talent throughout his career, and it’d be a shame to see it all go to waste. I still have faith in the guy. I checked out your blog, reads well, made some comments too.

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