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Outspoken NBA superstar Charles Barkley isn’t sitting this one out. The Alabama native and former Auburn hoops standout is a vocal critic of Senate candidate Roy Moore, and late Monday he spoke bluntly in support of his Democratic opponent, Doug Jones.
Appearing at a rally for Jones, Barkley urged his neighbors to come to their senses: “We gotta stop looking like idiots to the nation.”
The state of Alabama on Tuesday is holding a special election for the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Moore has been accused of sexual misconduct with two teenagers, and Barkley is furious that this remains a close race. He added that Moore, alive and well politically despite being an accused pedophile, is a script too far-fetched for Hollywood.
Watch Barkley’s rant below.
“We are not a bunch of damn idiots,” he added, turning his attention to Moore’s alliance with former Trump White House advisor Steve Bannon, who is infamous for his inflammatory and racist political side-shows. “He’s playing to that base. The same people holding us back for many, many years.”
Barkley continued: “Only in Alabama could you send a white nationalist separatist who [doesn’t] believe in race mixing to come to Alabama three times and he would get cheered… It’s time for us to draw a line in the sand and do the right thing.”
Ahead of Tuesday’s race, the polls between Jones and Moore remain murky and deadlocked.
H/T USA Today
Ramon Ramirez is the news director, and formerly the Dot's entertainment editor and evening editor. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Grantland, Washington City Paper, Austin American-Statesman, and Austin Monitor.