Charles Barkley Shares Controversial Opinion On 'Free Speech'

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Ernesto Cova

Kyrie Irving has once again made headlines for the wrong reasons. He's been suspended by the Brooklyn Nets, and even Nike decided to cut ties with him after promoting an anti-semitic documentary on Twitter.

Kyrie claimed he didn't promote the hatred-filled flick and refused to apologize for his actions multiple times, prompting plenty of criticism around the Jewish community and the sports industry as a whole.

Chuck Wants Accountability

NBA legend Charles Barkley — who's not the one to mince his words about anything — recently addressed Kyrie's situation, claiming that he should be held accountable for the things he says on social media:

"People have the right to feel and say what they want to," Barkley said. "We have freedom of speech, but there are repercussions when you say certain things."

Barkley Talks About Free Speech

Chuck also explained that even though free speech should be granted, people can't just go around insulting other guys or cultures just for the sake of it:

"This thing with free speech has really gotten out of hand. You can't go around insulting people and think it's OK just because it's freedom of speech," Barkley added. "You should be called out if you said something stupid. Hey, I've been called out many times. I have no problem with that."

Kyrie Is Still Suspended

The Nets established a set of conditions before allowing Kyrie to be back on the court, including meetings with Jewish leaders and communities. His pay has also been withheld until he meets these conditions.

Some argue that the Nets have been dehumanizing with this punishment and that they're trying to humiliate Kyrie. They were already on bad terms since last season and were even willing to let Kyrie go in the offseason, so maybe this is just a treat to get rid of him once and for all.

What's Next For The Nets?

This will be a subject of debate for years to come. On the one hand, Kyrie shouldn't have to apologize for his views. On the other, he had no business sharing a hatred-filled and disrespectful documentary on Twitter if he didn't want people calling him out for it.

Irving loves stirring the pot and then playing the victim; it's been his M.O. for years now. So, maybe, it would be better for both he and the Nets to just call it a day on this partnership and allow both parties to move on from each other.

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