Charles Barkley: The Voice of Reason?
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.