On Thursday night, Barkley upset quite a few people with what some regard as an elitist attitude. He offered up his opinion on the COVID-19 vaccine and who should be receiving it first.
In the clip below, Barkley makes the claim that athletes from all of the major sports should be rushed to the front of the line, as they pay more taxes than the average person. For Barkley, these taxes make athletes more deserving, than the regular 9 to 5 citizen in North America.
Charles Barkley says NBA/NFL players should jump the line and get vaccine shots because they pay more taxes than normal people pic.twitter.com/ce5y1WTTOk
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) January 15, 2021
Of course, social media came out in droves to attack the mindset of Barkley as they made arguments about the very vulnerable elderly in these trying times.
You really gonna argue that players should jump the lines over vulnerable elderly folks and health workers and people who have high-risk conditions? Is that really what you're advocating? You know Black people are dying disproportionately? This is your position, Barkley? Come on.
— An Incandescent Fury (@ellebe6) January 15, 2021
Some even discussed how Billionaire Gates himself isn’t jumping in line ahead of regular folks.
Yea and he is old enough to at least be in 2nd tier
— 🌺💐flrcld💐🌺 (@dottysands) January 15, 2021
What kinda bourgeoisie bullshit is this? https://t.co/eIAeXUP5qJ
— Brett Kollmann (@BrettKollmann) January 15, 2021
Charles Barkley really just said that the NBA players need to be moved to the front of the line for the vaccine because they pay taxes and give money to charity??? pic.twitter.com/X7yNs6NhC5
— jas. ❄️🎄🎁 (@jasredlights) January 15, 2021
I'm sorry to have to be the one to tell this to Charles Barkley, and apparently other people, but paying more taxes does not entitle you to more or better public services. There is not a Diamond Club for citizenship. It's stunning how broken people's brains have become.
— Jared Wade (@Jared_Wade) January 15, 2021
Charles Barkley used his brain to say NBA and NHL players should get vaccine first because they pay more taxes. Easily the worst CoVid take I’ve heard outside of the Trump Administration. Too bad he didn’t get any Championships.
— ⚡️Shockwave⚡️ (@TheOpenClosed) January 15, 2021