Charles Barkley weighs in on Ezekiel Elliott saga
Charles Barkley is among them most outspoken personalities in sports media, never reluctant to weigh in on the issues of the day, within the world of sports or otherwise. So, it’s no surprise that the opinionated NBA analyst finally got around to addressing the drama surrounding Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott.
Barkley was taking part in an SMU Athletic Forum when the issue of Elliott’s off-the-field drama was broached.
“I would tell him, you’re a young kid who’s a stud,” Barkley said, as transcribed by The Dallas Morning News. “We don’t get the luxury of being like normal people. We don’t get a chance to grow up normal.
“Being a famous person is not like being a normal person. You can take your time growing up as a normal person. You can make mistakes and nobody hears about it. We don’t have that luxury.”
Elliott currently is embroiled in a legal battle with the NFL over a six-game suspension levied against him over a violation of the league’s personal conduct policy related to an alleged domestic violence incident involving a then-girlfriend. While the NFL and Elliott’s legal team battle it out in the courts, Elliott has continued to play this season.
Barkley stressed he doesn’t take the original allegations about Elliott lightly.
“I take what he did very serious,” Barkley said. “I have a daughter. You can’t ever put your hand on women. That being said, we don’t get the luxury of being 22 and doing stupid things. It’s going to be on FOX News and ESPN. Every mistake you make is going to be in the limelight.”
And Barkley’s advice for Elliott?
“Get some good friends,” he said. “You got to have good friends. A lot of those people around you aren’t your friends. They are there because you pay the bills and buy them dinner every night.”
Barkley obviously knows a thing or two about being in the spotlight as a young superstar. Whether or not Elliott heeds the advice of the likes of Barkley, among others, remains to be seen.