WATCH: Charles Barkley Calls Out San Francisco As "Sh*thole" During On-Air Discussion

By Victor Smiroff | Tuesday, 20 February 2024 04:10 PM
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During the recent NBC All-Star Game in Indianapolis, a spirited discussion unfolded among commentator Charles Barkley and his colleagues regarding the preferable location for hosting such an event, either in Indianapolis or San Francisco.

While acknowledging Indianapolis' unfavorable weather, Barkley highlighted the prevalent issues of crime and disorder in San Francisco. He provocatively stated, "Hey Reggie, if you had a chance to be in the cold or be surrounded by a multitude of homeless criminals in San Francisco, wouldn't you–," eliciting a surprised reaction from his co-hosts.

Despite a defense of San Francisco from one of the anchors, Barkley retorted, "No, we don't. You can't even walk around down there," emphasizing concerns about safety in the city.

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Barkley's contentious remarks faced criticism from his fellow commentators during the game, but found support on social media, with entrepreneur Elon Musk affirming, "He's not wrong," and another user describing San Francisco as a problematic area.

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In recent years, San Francisco has grappled with escalating challenges such as homelessness, drug abuse, and theft, prompting an exodus of residents and businesses from the region. A local shop owner, originally from Afghanistan, even compared the crime situation in San Francisco unfavorably to that of his home country, lamenting the lack of effective law enforcement and the brazenness of criminals in the city.

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Expressing frustration with the deteriorating situation, the shop owner remarked, "The politicians need to get a grip on this because it's worse than Afghanistan or Iraq," highlighting the severity of the issues faced in San Francisco.

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