Charles Barkley Criticizes Kendrick Perkins' Claim of Racial Bias In NBA MVP Voting

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Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley has criticized Kendrick Perkins for suggesting that racial bias plays a role in NBA MVP voting.

Perkins claimed that race was a factor in Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic's MVP win in the 2020-2021 season, citing three white players who won the award despite being outside the top 10 in points per game.

Barkley dismissed Perkins' remarks, saying that Jokic probably didn't care about what pundits were saying and was more focused on his game.

Photo: Instagram/Charles Barkley 

He also pointed out that Perkins' argument made no sense, as if there were racial bias, there would be more white MVPs over the last 30 years.

Barkley criticized the trend of saying provocative things on ESPN to get clicks, referring to it as "ESPN disease."

He also cautioned that race is a touchy subject, and slanderous accusations against players are unacceptable.

Barkley drew a comparison to his own MVP win in 1993, where he wasn't a better player than Michael Jordan but had the best record on his team that season.

JJ Redick, a former NBA player, also appeared on ESPN's "First Take" and pushed back against Perkins' claims of racial bias.

He called out the creation of false narratives and implications of racism against white voters who vote on NBA awards.

Jokic, who has won the MVP award in the last two seasons, is having another strong season with impressive statistics.

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Source: Fox News
 

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