That set off a firestorm and the reaction to Barkley was fast and furious. Barkley has apparently gotten tired of all the insinuations and responded to critics with a very scathing statement:
I’m not sure what to say — I’m not feeling comfortable with him sitting on the sideline crying like that,” he said on the pregame show. “That makes me uncomfortable. So that tells me he’s not in shape to play. I mean, I don’t know how this night is going to turn out, but to be sitting on the sideline a few minutes before the game, crying, that just makes me uncomfortable for him.
“That’s just not a good look for him, in my personal opinion. I mean, he is clearly devastated, like we all would be if we lost a sibling, but sitting on the sideline right before the game, that makes me uncomfortable.”
I want to address something that really bothered me,” Barkley said. “I heard that all these nitwits, fools, idiots were complaining what I was saying about Isaiah Thomas the other night making me uncomfortable. Number one, I don’t care what y’all think. I don’t care what your mom and daddy think either, just for the record. But to insinuate what I was trying to — what I was saying, I’m uncomfortable talking about his pain and then going to basketball. For all you nitwits, scumbags, idiots, punks, to try to make that a story because y’all don’t have ratings and use my name to draw ratings, don’t do that. You don’t have any talent, it’s the simple fact, you don’t have any talent. Let me be me.
“I’ve talked to Isaiah. He didn’t take any offense to that. What I was talking about, I wish him and his family nothing but the best. For you punks to try to make a big deal out of it, it just pisses me off.”
In this case, I think Barkley was correct. I think his statement was completely taken out of context, and used as a pawn for click bait and to create a story. When he explained his point, it made sense.
The fact that Thomas reached out to Barkley further supports that he had no ill-will towards Thomas.
I think it was much ado about nothing.