Published On: Sat, Feb 15th, 2020

Charles Barkley Speaks On Kobe Bryant’s Sexual Assault Case, Says People Should Tell His Story ‘In Totality’

Charles Barkley fields questions during the 2016 Final Four

The sudden death of Kobe Bryant has seen not only legions of fans mourn the deceased NBA superstar, but has stirred up controversy over whether it is appropriate to mention his sexual assault charges. Charles Barkley, never one to avoid controversy, recently shared his thoughts on mentioning the case while speaking about Bryant and says both are part of his legacy.

TNT’s Inside the NBA hosts, Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith, Ernie Johnson, and Barkley spoke to TODAY‘s Craig Melvin in preparation for the upcoming NBA All Star weekend in Chicago. They had a lengthy discussion about the tragic crash which took the lives of Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others. On the subject of Bryant’s legacy the host mentioned the recent turmoil with certain people upset that the 41-year-old’s 2003 sexual assault case was being discussed so soon after his death.

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Charles Barkley Speaks On Kobe Bryant’s Sexual Assault Case, Says People Should Tell His Story ‘In Totality’