PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Other NFL players, reportedly, resent Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson because he isn’t “black enough.”

The always entertaining NBA TV analyst, Charles Barkley, joined Anthony Gargano and Rob Ellis last week on the 94WIP Afternoon Show, and was asked about Wilson not being “black enough.”

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“I don’t know Russell Wilson, I met him and said hello, but just because he studies the playbook all the time, he doesn’t go out clubbing and things like that. I guess some of the other players—you see what happened with Percy Harvin—I guess they didn’t like the way, they wanted him to do crazy stuff and he didn’t want to do it.”

Barkley continued about the race issue, in general.

Listen: Charles Barkley on the 94WIP Afternoon Show

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“When you’re black, you have to deal with so much crap in your life from other black people,” Barkley said on Thursday. “It’s a dirty, dark secret, I’m glad it’s coming out–it comes out about every two years–I wrote a big chapter in my book about it, to be honest with you. I say, you know, with young black kids, you know when they do well in school, the loser kids tell them, you’re acting white. The kids that speak intelligently, they tell them, you’re acting white.”

“For some reason, we are brainwashed to think if you’re not a thug or an idiot, you’re not black enough,” Barkley continued. “If you go to school, get good grades, speak intelligent, and don’t break the law, you are not a good black person. There are a lot of black people who are unintelligent, who don’t have success––it’s best to knock a successful black person down if they’re intelligent, they speak well, they do well in school, and they’re successful.”


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