'Bunch of Homeless Crooks': NBA Hall of Famer Goes Viral Trashing Liberal City

Charles Barkley, an NBA Hall of Famer, criticized San Francisco during the NBA’s All-Star Game. His comments came during the game's third quarter.

Barkley sparked controversy with a comment aimed at Reggie Miller about choosing between cold weather or being around "homeless crooks in San Francisco." His remark led to boos from fellow commentators, including Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors.

Green and others defended San Francisco, but Barkley doubled down. He joked about needing a bulletproof vest and security to walk around the city.

Barkley's blunt style was on full display. He was engaging in a playful back-and-forth with Draymond Green, adding a humorous element to the broadcast.

The "Alt Cast" on TruTV and HBO Max, featuring Barkley and Green, was a hit with fans. Many preferred it over the main game broadcast.

However, Barkley's comments highlighted serious issues in San Francisco. The city is facing a homeless crisis and rising theft.

Criticism extends to California's leadership, particularly around efforts to clean up the city. This was evident when streets were cleaned for Chinese President Xi Jingping’s visit.

A reporter questioned the necessity of such efforts for visiting dignitaries, reflecting on broader concerns about city management. Barkley's visit might prompt another cleanup, albeit with a touch of irony.