What he did not agree with was how media covered the story. Barkley said that news networks merely provided a platform for people to spout hatred and stir up race arguments.
"You know, that’s the thing that bothered me the most because I watched this trial closely, and I watched all these people on television talking about it," Barkley said. "A lot of these people have a hidden agenda. You know, they want to have their racist views, whether they are white or black."
"I just feel bad because I don't like when race gets out in the media, because I don't think the media has a pure heart, as I call it.
"There are very few people have a pure heart when it comes to race. Racism is wrong in any, shape, form," Barkley said. "There are a lot of black people who are racist too. I think sometimes when people talk about racism, they act like only white people are racist."