Last Friday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver addressed the topic of anxiety and depression among NBA players at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston.
Silver suggested that social media was a potential culprit for mental health struggles, noting that a lot of players he’s met are “truly unhappy.”
“Part of it is a direct product of social media,” Silver said. “I think those players we’re talking about — when I meet with them, what strikes me is that they’re truly unhappy.”
Charles Barkley made an appearance on ESPN Wednesday morning, and when asked about Silver’s statement, he gave a nuanced response respectful of the mental health struggles of others.
“He’s got to be one of the most miserable people I’ve ever seen.”
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Charles blasted Silver for suggesting that people who have money and success aren’t immune to mental health problems.
“I think that’s probably the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard Adam say,” Barkley said. “Listen, he’s a great guy. But that’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard any commissioner say.
“These guys are making 20, 30 40 million dollars a year. They work six, seven months a year. We stay at the best hotels in the world. They ain’t got no problems. That’s total bogus.”
Barkley took on one player in particular, Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving.
“Kyrie Irving,” Barkley said. “I don’t know him that well. He seems like a good kid. But I’ve never seen a person so miserable. To have so much success. To have the world in the palm of his hands.
“He’s gonna make 40, 50 million dollars a year for the next 10, 15 years. He’s already won a world championship. He’s in the movies. But he’s got to be one of the most miserable people I’ve ever seen.”
Not sure if Charles actually knows Kyrie, or just knows his public persona.
Either way, probably not a fair criticism.
That’s turrible Charles.
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